Trakai History Museum

Trakai History Museum

1. Introduction

 

Situated in the halls of the Island Castle, which the rulers of Lithuania frequented during their glory days, the most visited museum in the country tells the story of the town and castles of Trakai. Authentic items that have seen the great history and notable individuals are on display, including hunting trophies, furniture, porcelain and glassware. Every year, the castle hosts the Medieval Festival and Craft Day, when visitors are invited to go back to the golden age of Trakai.

 

2. History

 

The Trakai History Museum is located in three medieval architectural monuments of Lithuania: the Island and the Peninsula castles of Trakai and the Medininkai Castle, located in the settlement of the same name some 30 kilometres to the southeast of Vilnius. The administration of the museum is based in the Trakai Peninsula Castle.

 

Since the establishment of the museum in 1948, it has accumulated a rich collection of valuable exhibits: archaeological artefacts, numismatic evidence, manuscripts and rare publications, works of old artisans and artists, as well as other items reflecting both Lithuania’s and the world history.

 

The museum has permanent exhibitions as well as organises temporary displays at all the above-mentioned locations; it has published a great number of catalogues and articles about the exhibits that are held in the collection; the museum staff participate in scientific conferences and seminars, organise festivals and other events as well as arrange training seminars for guides from the travel agencies.

Trakai History Museum is a consultant to the Trakai Vytautas Magnus High School Museum, the Aukštadvaris School Museum, and the Lithuanian Road Museum in the town of Vievis.

 

3. Service Detail

Address: Karaimų Str. 43 C, Trakai
March, April, October
 Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
May -September
Monday – Sunday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
November -February
Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Last visitors admitted one half an hour before museum closing.

 

Before national holidays expositions closing one hour earlier.

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