National Museum

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The National Museum in Warsaw was founded as a Museum of Fine Arts in 1862. It was moved to the current Modernist building on Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 between late 1920s and 1930s. During the II World War, the museum was looted by the German occupant and some part of the old collection is still missing.

However, the National Museum in Warsaw remains as one of the oldest and largest in the country and collected over 830 000 pieces of artwork from Poland and abroad. The museum’s collection is not limited to one period of time but exhibits various artwork and artifacts from ancient times to the present day. It hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions.

One of the oldest and most precious collections are Medieval Nubian paintings from an old city of Faras in nowadays Sudan, saved from flood by a group of Polish archeologists after the construction of the Answan High Dam in Egypt.

The Museum also hosts a gallery of ancient art including Egyptian, Greek and Roman (especially statues and vases), the Poland’s richest Medieval art collection from various regions of Poland and Western Europe, a gallery of decorative art from 15th to 18th century and a collection of 19th century art with the greatest Polish artists like Jacek Malczewski or Stanisław Wyspiański.

It also exhibits modern art from 20th and 21st centuries (including parts of the Adolf Hitler’s private collection), a big collection of coins and medals, oriental art (especially Chinese) as well as a gallery of Polish design. The modern art section also includes films, photographs and photomontages. The National Museum is a must-see place during a trip to Warsaw.

Contacts & Details

Al. Jerozolimskie, 3 00-495 Warszawa

Sunday:

10:00 – 18:00

Tuesday:

10:00 – 18:00

Wednesday:

10:00 – 18:00

Thursday:

10:00 – 18:00

Friday:

10:00 – 21:00

Saturday:

10:00 – 18:00