After a Long Lockdown, Architectural Ensemble of Vilnius University is Opening Up – Guests Can Once Again Visit the Highest Building of Vilnius Old Town

As from 29 June, the Vilnius University Museum once again welcomes guests and residents of the Lithuanian capital at VU’s prominent architectural ensemble in Vilnius Old Town. Researchers of the university’s ensemble will also be able to go up the St. John’s Church bell tower – the highest building of Vilnius Old Town (68 m).

“We are very glad to continue our operations and welcome the city’s guests at Vilnius University Architectural Ensemble after such a long break. Even though the Architectural Ensemble has been closed to visitors for a long time, work in the museum has not stopped. We rethought our activities and developed new projects that we are hoping to present to the visitors of the museum very soon,” enthusiastically commented Monika Ramonaitė, Director of the Vilnius University Museum.

Historical sights

Located at the heart of Old Town, the university’s architectural ensemble encapsulates a history of almost 500 years, and is framed by four streets: Universiteto (formerly Vyskupų), Šv. Jono and Skapo. This Architectural Ensemble has preserved the main architectural styles that were predominant in Lithuania: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism.

Throughout a rather long period, the university’s courtyards accumulated extensive historical heritage. They encapsulate the history of the first Lithuanian Jesuits as well as the life stories of the famous Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, Mikalojus Daukša, Simonas Daukantas, and other Lithuanian creators, which unfold as you walk in the university’s courtyards. Now, the old university chamber is home to the faculties of History, Philology and Philosophy, the Institute of Foreign Languages, the Rector’s Office, the University Library and the Museum.

After taking a walk in the university’s courtyards, everyone is welcome to visit the St. John’s Church bell tower to see a magnificent view of the city of Vilnius. Go up using an elevator, or if you’re up for it – by climbing all 193 authentic steps, to reach the bell tower’s viewpoint, from which you will see a wonderful view of St. Anne’s Church, Gediminas Castle Tower, and the oldest street in town – the Pilies street. In the bell tower, you can learn about the architectural features of the Renaissance and late Baroque. From here, you can have a bird’s eye view of the life in the Old Town, observe wooded horizons far in the distance, and feel the magnificence of the city. Fun fact: the bell tower also has the Foucault pendulum which demonstrates the effect of the Earth’s rotation around its axis.

You are welcome to visit any department of the VU Museum individually; for group visits, a registration will be required.

VU Architectural Ensemble is Temporary Closed

In view of the threat of the spread of COVID-19 and the decision by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania to declare quarantine, we will not be admitting any tourists and their groups into the Architectural Ensemble of Vilnius University until further notice.

Thank you for understanding.


Changed Procedure of Visiting The Architectural Ensemble


          We would like to inform about the changed procedure of visiting the architectural ensemble of Vilnius University. 
The following persons can visit the architectural ensemble of Vilnius University free of charge, except for the Bell Tower of St. John’s Church: all individual visitors; workers of museums of the Republic of Lithuania; members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM); children under 7 years; visitors with disabilities; organised groups of Lithuanian higher education students and Lithuanian school students; leaders of organised groups of visitors, guides accompanying groups around the ensemble.
         The entrance fees to the architectural ensemble of Vilnius University are applied to groups of tourists accompanied by guides or organised by travel agencies or other companies. 
         We would like to remind you that organised visitors can enter the architectural ensemble of Vilnius University from the side of Universiteto Street (Universiteto g. 7). Ticket office working hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00.

Restrictions in VU Architectural Ensemble

Taking into account the threat of the spread of the COVID-19 infection and the decisions of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, we would like to inform about the new rules of visiting Vilnius University Architectural Ensemble.

  • Wear protective face masks;
  • Disinfect your hands;
  • Tour in the architectural ensemble with members of your family or up to 5 people;
  • Keep a safe distance;
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze;
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell.


Visiting restrictions

Dear visitors,

We apologize but due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we will not be admitting any tourist groups into the Architectural Ensemble of Vilnius University until further notice.

Please understand this inconvenience.




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