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.

Ticket prices

  • Adult – 4,00 €
  • Concessions* – 2,00 €

Family ticket

  • 1 adult and up to 4 children – 6,00 €
  • Up to 2 adults and 4 children – 10,00 €

Guided tours

  • A guided tour in Lithuanian for a group of up to 20 people (60 min) – 10,00 €
  • A guided tour in a foreign language for a group of up to 20 people (60 min) – 15,00 €
  • Audioguide – 1,00 €
  • VR headset– 2,00 €
* 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); the handicapped (30-55% work capacity); 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. 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; the handicapped (0-25% work capacity) and their accompanying persons; 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; 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.

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.

Museum is open. While visiting the museum visitors will have to:

  • Wear a face mask
  • Disinfect hands
  • Keep a safe distance from others

People should stay at home if they feel the symptoms of a cold infection.

Exhibitions and events

Free admission to the museum


Last Sunday of each month

Every expositional location

Renewed exposition “From Flint to Gunpowder: Weapons through the Ages”


2021 04 01–2021 12 31

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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