Museums and Galleries
When in Warszawa, a visit to one of its many fascinating and expressive museums is a must. There is really all kind of museums here. They comprise almost everything from composers, art and world famous Polish posters to cars and historical events. The most prestigious is of course National Museum, hosting often great temporary exhibitions that people queue to see. A number of renowned international exhibitions are always present depending on what kind of museum or gallery you are visiting. Several of the museums are housed in ancient palaces or beautiful buildings. Every so often the old palaces and their surroundings themselves are worth a tour. Warszawa.com has pointed out some of the many pearls worthwhile to visit.Chopin Museum
Chopin is one of Warszawa’s and Poland’s perhaps most famous sons. A museum to commemorate this great composer is to be found in the 17th century baroque Ostrogski palace, which for decades has been the seat of Frederick Chopin Society.
Today, the museum is the most modern biographical museum in Europe. A multimedial, full of special effects place where all - young or old, laymen or historians - can experience and enjoy the music of this great composer, and learn about him and his epoque.
Address: Ulica Okólnik 1
|Museum of the Warszawa Uprising (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego)|
If you are interested in learning about heroic Polish history and about Warszawas scarification in its struggle against oppressors, this is a museum (and a modern one, with all multimedia tools well adapted) you have to pay visit to.
Address: Ulica Grzybowska 79
Museum of Independence (Muzeum Niepodleglosci)
An old saying goes: ''The Poles rebel against a mild oppressor, because they can, against a harsh one, because they must''. As a nation overruled by invaders many times in history, the Poles had to develop a kind of survival character. In this stunning museum with ca 50 thousand exhibits, among 10 thousand posters and several hundred documents the saying are to be taken nothing but seriously. In this patriotic museum is also a collection of Josef Pilsudski (1867-1935), and one of the Solidarity Movement and others.Address:
Aleja Solidarności 62 National Gallery of Art “Zacheta” (Narodowa Galeria Sztuki
This gallery has been place for art exhibitions since middle of the XIX century and today functions as gallery and museum for Polish contemporary art as well as a centre for education and promotion of Polish art. Address:
Plac Małachowskiego 3 Wilanow Poster Museum
Polish poster art are famous all over the world. In this museum in the Wilanow palace complex you will be able to look at more than 30 thousand Polish posters! An outstanding collection. You will also find a marvellous international collection there.
Address: Ulica Potockiego 10/16
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski)
The centre is dedicated to trace and show the most recent movement in contemporary art. There are several galleries there, and the Centre also arranges happenings, workshops, movie shows and concerts.
The castle itself dates from the 17th century, since then it had been residence for kings and gentry as well as, later on, for various military institutions.
Address: Aleje Ujazdowskie 6
National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe)
Warszaws collection of Polish and International fine arts - from ancient times up to now is the biggest collection of this kind in Poland.
Look also for temporary expositions, they are usually very interesting.Address:
Aleje Jerozolimskie 3