One of the oldest, richest in exhibits and most innovative art museums in Poland.Al. Jerozolimskie 3 (map)
The National Museum in Warsaw is home to over 800,000 exhibits of both Polish and worldwide art. They represent all epochs from antiquity to contemporary times, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, illustrations, photographs, numismatic items and objects of applied arts.
The most unique are the Faras Gallery (the largest European collection of artefacts of the Nubian culture and art from the early-Christian period), the Medieval Art Gallery (unique sculptures, panel paintings and goldsmithery from all regions historically related to Poland in medieval times completed with medieval works of art created in other regions of Europe) and the largest Polish painting “Battle of Grunwald” by Jan Matejko (426 x 987 cm).
Especially cherished exhibits are paintings reclaimed after being stolen from the National Museum in Warsaw during World War II: “Jewish Woman Selling Oranges” by Aleksander Gierymski, “In the Painter’s Studio” by Leon Wyczółkowski, “The Battue Hunt at Nieśwież” by Julian Fałat and “Black Woman” by Anna Bilińska. They are currently being serviced to be later displayed to public.
The National Museum in Warsaw is proud of its state-of-the-art LED lighting used in only few museums across the world. LED lamps make it possible to adjust the intensity of light separately for every painting to even better emphasize their values.
The Museum is seated in a modernist building located near the Poniatowski Bridge and the Charles de Gaulle Roundabout, being one of the most busy places in Warsaw.
A charming nook of relaxation inside the Museum is a courtyard named after professor Stanisław Lorentz with benches, deckchairs, a fountain and cozy Café Lorentz (Prof. Lorentz headed the National Museum in Warsaw in 1936-1982 and is known for saving many valuable works of art during World War II).
Behind the building, there is a picturesque park located at the Vistula Slope near Książęca Street. Back in the past, the park served as gardens of Prince Kazimierz Poniatowski, the oldest brother of King Stanisław August Poniatowski.
Currently, the National Museum hosts three galleries. The other ones, including the Faras Gallery, are being renovated and will be opened to public gradually from early 2013.
Branches of Museum:
Poster Museum in Wilanów
X. Dunikowski Sculpture Museum in Rabbitery
Museum in Nieborów and Arkadia
Museum of Interiors in Otwock Wielki
Tue.-Wed., Fri.-Sun. 10 am - 6 pm, Thu. 10 am - 9 pm
regular - 15 PLN
reduced - 10 PLN
free admission for children under the age of 7
children aged 7-16 - 1 PLN
family - 40 PLN
groups (min. 10 persons) - 10 PLN/person
regular - 20 PLN
reduced - 15 PLN
family - 50 PLN
groups (min. 10 persons) - 15 PLN/person
On Tuesdays admission free for permanent exhibitions