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The New Arsenal, part of Vilnius' castle complex, houses an extensive historical and ethnographic collection illustrating the history of Lithuania and its people from the 13th century to today. Part of the maligned Royal Palace, this 18th century Renaissance manor was renovated and converted from 1958-65, retaining fragments of its brick walls and Gothic vaults. Inside you'll see everything from dioramas of early Lithuanian folk life to 18th century toilets to recently excavated ancient coins and Napoleonic remains. As the city's history continues to be revealed through the Lower Castle archaeological site, this is the place to see all the exciting discoveries. A monument to King Mindaugas stands in the square in front of the building. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
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