The Vilnius Castle Museum was opened in 1960, and in 1968 it became a subdivision of the Lithuanian National Museum. The exposition of the Vilnius Castle Museum displays reconstruction models of Vilnius castles of the second part of the 14th and the beginning of the 17th century, armament, iconographic material of old Vilnius. An observation deck on the top of the tower is the best place from which to appreciate a magnificent panorama of Vilnius. Visitors can ascend over the Gediminas Hill and get to the Gediminas Castle Tower by taking the historical trail from the side of the Vilnia River.
In 2003, a funicular railway started operating in Vilnius, which takes people from the foot of Gediminas Hill to the summit. It takes 35 seconds for the funicular railway to cover a 71-meter long distance, and the entire ascending process, including getting on and off the funicular, takes about one minute. The train accommodates as many as 16 people at any one time. While going up you can see beautiful vistas of the city along with the River Neris. The railway is a great help to elderly people and parents with small children. It starts its journey up from the enclosed courtyard of the National Museum of Lithuania, which can be accessed from the River Neris side.