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Museum Guide for Warsaw

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Warsaw as the capital city of Poland has a lot to offer in terms of culture and entertainment. Since I am a huge museums freak, the first place I visit is always a museum of some sorts. Warsaw's museums are absolutely amazing and will satisfy your need for history and architecture but also for the modern and interactive. In this guide I'll show you a selection of museums that I enjoyed the most during my visit in Warsaw.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Trendsetter

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10 Places

The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum

Castles, Art Museums, Historic Sites, History Museums

National Museum in Warsaw

Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums

Museum of Technology

Science Museums

Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski)

Historic Sites

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Art Museums

Warsaw Rising Museum

History Museums, Military Museums

Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow

History Museums, Military Museums, Art Museums

Copernicus Science Centre

Speciality Museums

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Photoplasticon

Speciality Museums

Małgorzata W's City Tips

  • Most of the buses, trams and underground trains have a ticket machine on board. There are also stationary ticket machines situated in various places around the city, usually near the bus stops.
  • Public transportation in Warsaw includes buses, trams and underground. I recommend buying a 24-hour ticket or weekend ticket if you are staying longer.
  • Polish restaurants usually don't include gratuity in the bill. A 10% tip will be a good way to show that you appreciate the service.
  • Almost every museum offers free admission once a week.
  • The prices to enter museums are usually very affordable.
  • The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum
    Castles, Art Museums, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Małgorzata W Says:

    The Royal Castle in Warsaw has been a residence for Polish monarchs for centuries and it's origins date back to the 13th century. During your visit, you can admire amazing architecture and contemplate the life of Polish sovereigns. The castle offers a vast collection of art pieces, decorative tapestries, historical furniture and a great deal of information about Polish history and that of the Castle itself.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Opening times vary from winter to summer.
    • Sunday is a free admission day but it may be crowded.
    • If you want to avoid crowds, try visiting on weekdays.
    • I recommend borrowing an audio guide (at an additional charge,) which will make your visit much more informative. The guides are available in different languages.
    • It is possible to hire a guide to show you around the castle. Ask at the reception for availability and languages.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free on Wednesdays 19/10/2018
    • Beautiful interior 18/10/2018
    • The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum
    Address:
    Plac Zamkowy 4
    Warsaw 00-277
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 355 51 70
    Price range:
    USD 2 - USD 2
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Fri
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Sat
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • National Museum in Warsaw
    Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Małgorzata W Says:

    This museum is mainly an art gallery and is one of my favorite museums in Warsaw as it houses probably the most important Polish painting, 'Battle of Grunwald', by the Polish master Jan Matejko. But that is not the only fascinating piece in the museum. There is a collection of various European artists such as Renoir, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Signac and an amazing selection of Polish art dating back to the 16th century.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Closed on Mondays.
    • Tuesday is free admission day.
    • There is a possibility of hiring a guide at an additional charge.
    • There's a cafe and restaurant at the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fine Art collection plus much more 14/10/2018
    • Neutral. 09/10/2018
    • National Museum in Warsaw
    Address:
    ul. Aleje Jerozolimskie 3
    Warsaw 00-495
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 629 30 93
    Price range:
    USD 1 - USD 1
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Fri
    10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Museum of Technology
    Science Museums
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    Małgorzata W Says:

    The Museum of Technology is situated in one of the most iconic buildings in Warsaw: the Palace of Culture and Science. The Museum is a great place for anyone loving interactive science attractions. You can carry out some experiments yourself, observe physics phenomena, visit the newly opened planetarium, or admire vintage technology. The museum also offers various temporary exhibitions that are always worth your visit.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • You can hire a guide to show you around for an additional charge.
    • Apart from visiting the museum you can also get to the top floors of the Palace and admire the view of Warsaw.
    • You will need to buy an additional pass for some exhibitions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    • Took the elevator to the top at night 07/10/2018
    • Worth it 13/06/2018
    • Museum of Technology
    Address:
    ul. plac Defilad 1
    Palace of Culture and Science
    Warsaw 00-110
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 620 47 10
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski)
    Historic Sites
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    Małgorzata W Says:

    Łazienki Park unites two things that I love the most: museums and nature. It's a vast green area with amazing gems of architecture. The Łazienki Palace used to be a summer residence for King Stanislaw II August, who bought the manor in the 18th century. In this small palace, you can admire classicist interiors with some breathtaking pieces of art and design. It will make you feel like you have traveled back in time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are a couple of buildings in the Park. You can buy individual tickets or an admission card to all attractions.
    • Thursday is a free admission day.
    • The ticket price includes an audio guide.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful surroundings 19/10/2018
    • Quiet and relaxing place 18/10/2018
    • Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski)
    Address:
    ul. Agrykola 1
    Warsaw 00-460
    Poland
    Phone:
    022-621-62-41
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
    Art Museums
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    Małgorzata W Says:

    The Museum of Modern Art is a great place to take a break from all the historical architecture and exhibitions. The museum houses over 250 pieces of modern art, which often touch upon controversial and very current topics. The museum also offers a wide range of free cultural events: lectures, talks, meetings, and much more.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is no charge to enter the museum.
    • There are free guided tours.
    • There are occasional events (sometimes in English) which are also worth checking out.
    • The museum shop offers some very interesting books, unavailable in other bookstores.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #156 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    • Hit and misses 18/08/2018
    • Split Locations. On Panska and On Vistula 03/08/2018
    • Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
    Address:
    Panska 3
    Warsaw 00-124
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 596 40 10
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Tue - Fri
    12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Sat
    11:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Other:
  • Warsaw Rising Museum
    History Museums, Military Museums
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    Małgorzata W Says:

    The Warsaw Uprising Museum is a memorial museum commemorating all those who fought and lost their lives during the fights to liberate Warsaw in 1944. It's a real fountain of knowledge for anyone who would like to learn more about the history of the uprising, the fights, and the lives of people during the Nazi occupation. The exhibitions are interactive and very informative.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Information about the exhibitions is also available in English.
    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    • The ticket price includes entry to the 3D movie "City of Ruins".
    • Sunday is a free admission day.
    • There are audio guides available in 21 languages for an additional charge.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crowded Saturdayq 20/10/2018
    • A Museum With Extremely Moving Stories Told By Heroes 19/10/2018
    • Warsaw Rising Museum
    Address:
    Grzybowska 79
    Warsaw 00-844
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 539 79 05
    Other:
  • Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow
    History Museums, Military Museums, Art Museums
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    Małgorzata W Says:

    The Wilanow Palace is an amazing baroque royal residence. It dates back to the 17th century, when it was built for King Jan Sobieski. Nowadays it's a prominent cultural venue and a lovely museum. What is important about the palace is that it was not destroyed during the Partitions and the world wars. It's an authentic construction with breathtaking architecture and interiors. My favorite room is the Grand Crimson Room with its impressive decorations and furnishings.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The palace and the park are quite far away from the city center. I recommend taking a bus.
    • Thursday is free admission day.
    • You can hire a guide to show you around the palace and the park.
    • There is a restaurant and a cafe on the premises, so you can easily spend a day here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just beautiful 19/10/2018
    • Very nice Polish culture and history 13/10/2018
    • Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow
    Address:
    Stanislawa Kostki Potockiego 10/16
    Warsaw 02-958
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 544 27 00
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Mon
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Wed - Sat
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Other:
  • Copernicus Science Centre
    Speciality Museums
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    Małgorzata W Says:

    The museum houses over 450 interactive attractions which will allow you to experience the laws of physics or experiment with chemistry. The museum offers a great deal of entertainment and food for thought. I love it because of its character: Time flies as you discover more and more exhibits. I also recommend buying a ticket for the planetarium, which is designed in such a way that the viewer has a feeling of being completely immersed in the displayed images. This is definitely worth visiting, both for children and adults.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Closed on Mondays.
    • There is a separate ticket for the planetarium.
    • There is a cafe and a restaurant on the premises.
    • The Center is really full of amazing exhibitions. You can easily spend over four hours here.
    • Descriptions for the exhibits are in Polish and English.
    • The Center doesn't offer guides but in each room there are animators (resident experts) who are more than happy to help if you have any questions.
    • The museum is very popular and can be overcrowded during weekends.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Challenge your 10 year old self again, great for kids 19/10/2018
    • Intereating but too overcrowded! 17/10/2018
    • Copernicus Science Centre
    Address:
    Wybrzeze Kosciuszkowskie 20
    Warsaw 00-390
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 596 41 00
    Other:
  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Małgorzata W Says:

    This is a very interesting museum showing the history of Polish Jews over a millennium. It is unusual, as normally this type of museum only shows facts about the Jewish community during World War II. Here you can learn how important the Jewish culture was for Poland from the very beginning. The museum is very modern and well equipped with state-of-the-art technology. It's a very special place which will help you understand what the Jewish culture means in Polish history.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    • Entrance for the permanent exhibition is free on Thursdays.
    • There is a kosher restaurant at the museum.
    • Descriptions of the exhibitions are in Polish, English and (in some places) Hebrew.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Polin visit 20/10/2018
    • Extraordinary Display 19/10/2018
    • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
    Address:
    ul. Mordechaja Anielewicza 6
    Warsaw 00-157
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 471 03 01
    Price range:
    USD 2 - USD 2
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Wed
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Other:
  • Photoplasticon
    Speciality Museums
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    Małgorzata W Says:

    The Photoplasticon is not a museum in the traditional sense, but you won't be disappointed. In fact, it's a special device that was invented in the 19th century and was used to view photos. This particular device is quite special as it survived both world wars, and you can still enjoy images through it. The photos themselves show some unique views of pre-war Warsaw. If you are looking for something a little bit different, then I definitely recommend this place.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Sunday is a free admission day.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • The entrance is not very obvious. You have to look for the entrance through a courtyard.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fascinating journey back in time 15/08/2018
    • Tucked away gem 10/08/2018
    • Photoplasticon
    Address:
    Aleje Jerozolimskie 51
    Warsaw 00-697
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 625 35 52
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
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