Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Vilnius

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See what once was the political, cultural, and administrative center of the Lithuanian empire at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. It housed the royalty of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, including Grand Duke Alexander of Lithuania, who later became the King of Poland, and Sigismund I the Old and his heirs. The palace was almost completely destroyed in 1801 after the fall of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but was fully restored and modernized by the government in 2002. Explore the National Museum located inside, displaying historical artifacts and art from across Eastern Europe. Tours will lead you through the architectural development of the palace, the remaining ancient ruins, the Treasury Hall, and the Ceremonial Halls. Plan to visit Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania during your Vilnius vacation using our convenient Vilnius tour planner.
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  • Not to be missed. A superb example of how to do contemporary museum work in a recently reconstructed building literally from the foundations up. Very good English speaking guide took our Road scholar ...  more »
  • The exhibits are well thought out and presented, and do much to acquaint foreign visitors with the history of Lithuania.  more »
  • This was our first stop, so we spent a lot of time here learning about the imperial history of the Grand Duchy of Litnuania. Granted this took a lot of reading, and we were a bit tired by the time we ...  more »
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  • Really beautiful and clean museum. Cheap prices and alot of exhibitions and artifacts to see. On top of that there is an inside viewing area at top of the white tower. Expect 1.5-2 hours for touring the museum. If you want to go into details and read all the stories and historical facts it could easily take much longer.
  • Reconstructed palace built on top of the archeological ruins. Not that many exhibits. It does contain large numbers of information boards describing Lithuanian royal history, and an observation tower above the fourth floor, although the free view from the top of the castle hill is better.
  • Interesting and extensive collection, really worth a visit, especially because as a westerner I had very little knowledge of the fascinating history of Latvia and Lithuania !
  • Great museim inside about the history of Lithuania. If you read everything it takes you some hours to visit it. There is full access for the disabled.
  • beautifully presented archaeology in the cellars, and a very extensive collection of paintings and artefacts.