City Defence and Basilisk Legend

Plan your visit

Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 18.00

The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.

Working hours for holidays (2022)

Ticket prices

  • Adult – 6,00 €
  • Concessions* – 3,00 €

Family ticket

  • 1 adult and up to 4 children – 9,00 €
  • Up to 2 adults and 4 children – 15,00 €

Additional services

  • Themed guided tour in Lithuanian or foreign language for a group up to 10 people (60 min) – 15,00 € (museum tickets not included)
  • Exclusive guided tour in Lithuanian or foreign language for a group up to 10 people (1,5 h) – 20,00 € (museum tickets not included)
  • Audioguide – free of charge
  • VR headset– 2,00 €

Combo tickets

  • Museums in Vilnius (every branch of National Museum of Lithuania that is located in Vilnius) – 30,00 €

* Full-time pupils of schools of general education; full-time students of schools of higher education; citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and other countries of the European Union studying full-time in schools of higher education in the member states of the European Union; pensioners (under 80); persons who suffered from the occupations between 1939 and 1990 – political prisoners and deportees, former inmates of ghettos and concentration or other forced labour camps; persons who fought for the independence of the Republic of Lithuania and suffered from Soviet aggression on 11–13 January 1991 and onwards; participants in the resistance movement against the occupations between 1940 and 1990 – volunteer soldiers and freedom fighters; teachers. Discount is applied upon presentation of an appropriate ID.

Expositions are free of charge for the following visitors: museum employees; members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM); members of artist associations, the Lithuanian Association of Art Historians, the International Association of Art Critics, the Lithuanian Association of Archaeologists, the Lithuanian Guide Union, the Lithuanian Journalist Union, and the Lithuanian art photographers Union; students of Vilnius Art School for Children and Youth; friends and benefactors of the museum (upon the submission of an appropriate document); cadets and conscripts from General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania; soldiers of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Headquarters Battalion; soldiers in mandatory military service; army volunteers; pre-school children; residents of children care homes and socially supported children; people with a disability and their one accompanying person; persons from 80 years of age; teachers accompanying groups of schoolchildren; journalists; employees of the Cultural Heritage Department at the Ministry of Culture and its territorial branches, with a civil servant’s or employee’s identification card; tourists with the Vilnius City Card; citizens of Ukraine; all visitors on the last Sunday of each month.

Information for disabled visitors: the main exhibition halls of the Bastion of the Vilnius Defence Wall have wheelchair access. Video guides in Lithuanian Sign Language are available, as well as partial exposition descriptions in braille.

General visitor regulations of the National Museum of Lithuania

Guided tours are available in Lithuanian, English and Russian languages. Guided tours must be ordered in advance by phone or e-mail (8 5 261 21 49, ).

The tours in the museum are only led by the museum tour guides or the tour guides from the institution with which the museum has concluded an appropriate agreement.

The museum is open to visitors during the regular opening hours. Please read relevant information regarding COVID-19 before visit: click here (link)

Exhibitions and events

Exhibition about NATO “Mighty when united”


2023 03 29 – 2023 10 30

The Bastion of the Vilnius Defence Wall

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About us

The museum at the Bastion of the Vilnius Defence Wall tells the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania’s weaponry and defence practices.

What will you see?

Artillery weapons and small salute canons used for events, as well as smaller calibre weapons; a long speared gun called an arquebus, a hand grenade, a pistol and a rifle; elements from 17th–18th century Grand Duchy of Lithuania soldiers’ armour – helmets, breastplates, half-armour. The history of Vilnius and its defence is further illuminated by such exhibition pieces as an executioner’s sword, locks from the gates of the Vilnius defence wall, etchings and sketches of city plans, and intriguing excerpts from Kazimieras Simonavičius’s mid-17th century work “The Great Art of Artillery”.

What will you learn?
History of the building



Bokšto g. 20, Vilnius

+370 (5) 261 21 49

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