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The National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania was founded in 2009 to collect, preserve, conserve, restore, research, interpret, and display in the restored historical residence of Vilnius Lower Castle the history and cultural heritage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and its rulers, especially the rich and important collections of archaeological artifacts and European decorative and fine arts. We aim to do this through our scholarship and publications, innovative educational programs and tours, performances, as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions. The Palace will be an important venue for state ceremonial events and the dissemination of tourist information about Lithuania and its historic sites.

The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is not yet completely reconstructed and thus can't display its most valuable objects in its own building. Therefore, some of the most valuable and interesting Palace objects are now on display nearby in the Museum of Applied Art (Arsenalo St. 3A) in three exhibitions: "Archaeological Finds from the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania", "Between the Ordinary and the Luxurious - Restored Archaeological Finds from the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania" and "Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque - Treasures of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania." The public is also invited to attend the educational and cultural programs as well as tours organized by the Palace's museum.

The reconstruction of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is still ongoing, and due to safety concerns, tours are limited to organized groups of no more than 25 persons.

Tour times must be coordinated with and approved by the construction supervisors. Thus we request that tours be organized in advance by calling (8 5)  262 0007. A fee is charged. Individual visitors should look at our website for special tours organized by museum staff.

We look forward to your visit!

Mindaugo karūnavimas (litografija, 1835-1836 m.)

State Holiday - King Mindaugas Coronation Day Events at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania


2011 July 4 at 5 p.m.
Inaugural concert by the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania orchestra Camerata Palatina Vilnensis, led by conductor Vilhelmas Čepinskis. Program will include works by A. Vivaldi and V. Bartulis.

2011 July 5 at 5p.m.
Cultural evening Lithuanian history and film: the cinematographic legend of ‘Herkus Mantas’.
Herkus Mantas (1972), the film directed by Marijonas Giedraitis, tells the story of the legendary leader of the Great Prussian Insurrection (1260-1275) Herkus Mantas – revealing the relationship between Christianity and paganism as well as the tragic fate of small nations. Film critic Lina Kaminskaitė and historian Valdas Rakutis will provide commentary about the historical subtleties of the film as well as about the making of the film and its main episodes.

2011 July 6, 12 – 5 p.m.
Tours of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. Guided tours will be organized every 20 minutes, starting at 2 p.m. – in English and 2:40 p.m. – in Russian.

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.:  educational program for families “Let’s raise the historical flags”

7 p.m.
Concert by the famed Vilnius City St. Christopher’s Chamber Orchestra, directed by Prof. Donatas Katkus. Participants: Ivan Monighetti (violoncello, Russia/Switzerland), Florence Sitruk (harp, Switzerland/Germany) and Agnė Keblytė (harp).
The program will include works by: L. Bocherini, E.P. Alvars, J. Offenbach, and E. Grieg.

The 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald Ends


On 30 January 2011, the international exhibition commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald How this happened in the Great Battle… Exposé of Grunwald finished its several month long run in Vilnius.

The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania already presents Lithuania abroad


On Monday, German journalist Robert von Lucius writes in one of Germany’s most influential dailies Frankfurter Allgemeine that “A small nation made a more rational decision to accomplish its goal than those who are arguing over rebuilding the palaces in Berlin and Braunschweig.” His article introduces the German readers to the history of the palace and its restoration as a symbol of Lithuania’s rebirth.  

Material Witnesses to History


Dear visitors to our website, we would like to direct your attention to a new item on our menu – “Conservation.”

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