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POLIN Musuem of the History of Polish Jews © Mariusz Cieszewski
POLIN Musuem of the History of Polish Jews © Mariusz Cieszewski

The Best Museums in Warsaw, Poland

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Marta Podeszwa
Updated: 13 April 2017
Warsaw is home to Poland’s most inspiring museums, which will give you a chance to learn about the country’s turbulent history, visual arts, classical music, science and more. Check out our picks to get the most out of your visit.

 

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Located on the former site of the Warsaw Ghetto in the Muranów district, the POLIN museum celebrates the history and heritage of the Jewish community in Poland. Designed by Finnish architect Rainer Mahlamäki, the modern glass, copper and concrete building houses a 43,000 sq ft permanent exhibition space with multimedia displays including reconstructed parts of historical Jewish synagogues, an interactive 3D model of Kracow and its Jewish neighbourhood of Kazimierz and a Holocaust gallery. There is also a kosher restaurant and café on-site.

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Anielewicza 6, Warsaw, Poland, +48 22 471 03 00

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews | © Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland / Flickr

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews | © Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland / Flickr

Warsaw Rising Museum

The Warsaw Rising Museum commemorates the 1944 Warsaw Uprising (in which over 150,000 civilians were killed). A multi-level interactive exhibition features everything from photographs, recordings and videos revealing everyday life before, during and after the uprising, to a replica of the Liberator B-24J bomber used by the Allies for relief flights. There is also a recreation of basement sewer tunnels used by the resistance to move around the city. You can watch a 3D movie of Warsaw destroyed by the uprising, and visit an observation tower at the top of the building with panoramic views of the city.

Warsaw Rising Museum, Grzybowska 79, Warsaw, Poland, +48 22 539 79 05

Warsaw Rising Museum | © Jorge Láscar / Flickr

Warsaw Rising Museum | © Jorge Láscar / Flickr

National Museum in Warsaw

One of the oldest museums in Poland, the National Museum is famous for its vast art collection including over 830,000 works dating from antiquity to the present. It’s a great place to get to know Polish art from the likes of Matejko, Witkacy and Wilhelm Sasnal and admire international masters such as Botticelli, Rembrandt and Ingres.

National Museum in Warsaw, Aleje Jerozolimskie 3, Warsaw, Poland, +48 22 621 10 31

National Museum in Warsaw | © Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

National Museum in Warsaw | © Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

 

 

Copernicus Science Centre

Directly overlooking the Vistula River, the Copernicus Science Centre is a great venue for both kids and adults. Seven permanent exhibitions (including Humans and the Environment, Robotic Theatre and Lightzone) allow visitors to take part in scientific experiments and play with objects on display. An adjacent planetarium lets you observe the cosmos on comfortable reclined seats.

Copernicus Science Centre, Wybrzeze Kościuszkowskie 20, Warsaw, Poland, +48 22 596 41 00

Copernicus Science Centre | © awol2000 / Flickr

Copernicus Science Centre | © awol2000 / Flickr

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum is devoted to the life and work of the prominent Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin. From Chopin’s own lock of hair and personal letters, to the piano he played during the last two years of his life, the museum showcases over 5,000 objects spread over four floors. A range of interactive displays enables visitors to listen to music, watch videos and play music-themed games. Make sure you book in advance, as only 70 people are allowed to enter the museum at one time.

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum, Pałac Gnińskich, Okólnik 1, Warsaw, Poland, +48 22 441 62 51

Fryderyk Chopin Museum | © Jorge Láscar / Flickr

Fryderyk Chopin Museum | © Jorge Láscar / Flickr

Neon Museum

Located east of the river, in the hip Soho Factory area (home of the city’s creative businesses), the Neon Museum’s collection includes over 60 neon signs from the Cold War era. Some of them are adorning the exterior walls of the complex and can be seen lit up after dark.

Neon Museum, Mińska 25, Warsaw, Poland, +48 665 711 635

Neon Museum | © Winifred / Flickr

Neon Museum |© Winifred / Flickr