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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. For Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and beyond, use our Vilnius online road trip planner to get the most from your Vilnius vacation.
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  • Very boring museum. It's like a modern box without history in it. Tere aren't original decor or room interiors. Sorry, but this is not a Versailles or Caserta palace. Administration isn't friendly. 
    Very boring museum. It's like a modern box without history in it. Tere aren't original decor or room interiors. Sorry, but this is not a Versailles or Caserta palace. Administration isn't friendly.  more »
  • What a fabulous museum! We went in the morning and returned in the afternoon. Lots of information in English. We learnt so much. From the original ruins to the historical exhibits then the unexpected....  more
    What a fabulous museum! We went in the morning and returned in the afternoon. Lots of information in English. We learnt so much. From the original ruins to the historical exhibits then the unexpected....  more »
  • Perhaps I'm jaded by seeing so many world class museums...so take my review in that context. It was a rainy morning so this served it's function of keeping us dry. The decorative arts area was more....  more
    Perhaps I'm jaded by seeing so many world class museums...so take my review in that context. It was a rainy morning so this served it's function of keeping us dry. The decorative arts area was more....  more »
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  • Wow. I have never been to a museum that provides such a detailed, rich and comprehensive reproduction of the history of its city/country. We love history, and we LOVED this museum. It was fantastic. The museum has 4 different routes. Route 1 is by far the longest, and provides a history of the foundation of Vilnius/Lithuania and how it's intertwined with neighbouring countries. It also shows a reconstruction of the architecture of the palace and building around it. This route can take between 2-3 hours, depending on how much you read. The other three routes are a lot shorter: Route 2 shows reconstructions of historical rooms within the palace, Route 3 shows what everyday life was like in the palace and Route 4 shows temporary exhibitions. Which route to take is personal preference. You can do all 4 in an afternoon, but if you're interested in the history of Lithuania then Route 1 is more than enough. It is possible to get separate tickets for the individual routes. We went as a couple, but we saw families with kids as well.
  • Fantastic building. One of a series next to the cathedral and the bell tower in the great square of Vilnius. Quite spectacular! Went into the museum the following day. World class set up, highly organised and laid out. It’s very modern and it’s the first time I have had to scan my ticket to go into the toilet anywhere in the world! €9.50 entry for the full tour (there are four tour routes). Allow at least a complete morning or afternoon for your visit. Very very impressive displays and signage in English.
  • Part of the fairly large Cathedral Square “complex”. It’s an interesting building, with loads of people milling about (saw lots of kids skateboarding, as it was a clear & sunny day). Like many of the “historical” places in Vilnius, it looks like it’s fairly recently (& heavily) remodeled/ renovated, so it’s more representative than authentic, fair warning. Still impressive & cool to visit/ photograph. Especially as night falls…
  • We really enjoyed the museum, learning so much about the shared history of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and others. There are artefacts of craftsmen from Italy and France, plus a tone of beautiful decorations and interesting things. Gorgeous vistas from the tower!
  • It was a really great experience to learn not only about Lithuania’s history but also European history! A must visit location when visiting Vilnius! My recommendation is to get the audio guide as the amount of stuff to read is high and it does help having it.

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