Recent Searches
Clear
Rector's Palace (Knezev Dvor)
Rector's Palace (Knezev Dvor)

Rector's Palace (Knezev Dvor)

Free admission
Pred Dvorom 3, Old Town, Dubrovnik

The Basics

Built in the late 15th century for the elected rector of the Republic of Ragusa, today Rector’s Palace is home to the Cultural History Museum, filled with paintings and coats of arms of noble families, original keys to the city gates, and important documents and artifacts showcasing the history of the republic. Don’t miss a visit to the dungeons—and be on the lookout for carvings inscribed by previous occupants.

Most sightseeing tours of Old Town Dubrovnik stop to admire Rector’s Palace and some may include a guided tour where you’ll learn about Dubrovnik’s fascinating history and marvel at Renaissance art.

Show all

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Rector’s Palace is a must-see for history and art enthusiasts.

  • An admission ticket is required; some tours include admission.

  • The museum is mostly accessible to wheelchair users.

Show all

How to Get There

Rector’s Palace is found between Town Hall and the cathedral on Pred Dvorom in Old Town Dubrovnik. Old Town is pedestrian-only, so if driving, park outside the city and then walk or take a bus to the Old Town gates.

Show all

Trip ideas

Dalmatia Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Dalmatia Day Trips from Dubrovnik

How to Spend 2 Days in Dubrovnik

How to Spend 2 Days in Dubrovnik


When to Visit

Rector’s Palace is open year-round, with reduced operating hours during the winter months. Rector’s Palace can get very busy in summer, so visit early in the morning or later in the day if you want a more peaceful experience. If you’re not bothered by crowds, visiting midday can provide a nice reprieve from the summer sun.

Show all

Other Don’t-Miss Dubrovnik Attractions

You can easily spend your entire time in Dubrovnik wandering through the cobbled streets of Old Town, checking out the major sights and sipping cappuccinos on cosy café terraces. Start with a guided walking tour to make sure you see all of the essentials. You won’t want to miss the Church of St. Blaise, Orlando’s Column, the Franciscan Monastery, and a walk around the city’s ancient walls.

Show all