This is a reproduction of an original building dating back to the 15th century that for four centuries served as the political and cultural centre of the multi-ethnic, multi-faith Grand Duchy of Lithuania and that was demolished by the occupying Russians at the start of the 19th century. The new Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania opened with much fanfare in 2009 as part of the country's 1000th anniversary only to be closed again almost immediately due to a lack of anything to see inside it. Widely criticised as a patriotic white elephant using up vast amounts of money that should have been directed at other more important (and original) historical buildings in need of repair, the palace recently reopened its doors with the help of a speech by the current Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė. Permanent parts of the museum include a history of the development of the original building and the parallel history that went with it, plus there are plenty of temporary exhibitions promised for the future. For up to date information about exhibitions and events in English and seven other European languages, see the palace's website.
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Facilities for disabled
City centre location
Open 10:00 - 18:00. Thu 10:00 - 20:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00.
Last visitors are allowed in no later than one hour before the museum closes.