There are lots of interesting museums in Warsaw. Whether you are an art lover, architecture admirer or simply want to find out some facts about Polish history you will not be disappointed. Moreover you can visit most of Warsaw museums for free. Check out our list of free admission days to most interesting museums in town.
Poster Museum in Wilanów
It is the world’s oldest poster museum. It was opened in 1968. There are over 55 000 posters in its collection. Among them you can see pieces that represent the history of poster art in Poland from 1892, Polish Poster School and also American, Chinese and Japanese works. You will find more information here.
ul. St. Kostki Potockiego 10/16, Warszawa
This is one of the oldest museums of art in Poland. In its modernist building you can see a collection of ancient art, gallery of Polish painting since the 16th century and a collection of foreign painting. More information here.
Al. Jerozolimskie 3, Warszawa
National Etnographic Museum
One of the oldest and biggest etnographic museums in Poland. It was established in 1888 and it holds objects, folk art, costumes, crafts and paintings. In 2016 it was nominated to The European Museum of the Year Award. For more information click here.
ul. Kredytowa 1, Warszawa
The Royal Castle
A castle residency that served as the official residence of the Polish monarchs. Today it serves as a museum and is subordinated to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Many official visits and state meetings are held there. For more details click here.
Plac Zamkowy 4, Warszawa
The Fryderyk Chopin Museum
Multimedia museum dedicated to Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin. It is one of the most modern museums in Poland. Its collections are displayed on five levels of exhibition space in 15 rooms. For further information click here.
ul. Okólnik 1, Warszawa
The Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Contemporary art museum. There are numerous exhibitions of well known foreign artists displayed there. For more information click here.
Pl. Małachowskiego 3, Warszawa
Ujazdowski Castle Centre of Contemporary Art
Exhibitions of the most outstanding foreign and Polish artists are presented here regularly. You will find more information abou this institution here.
Jazdów 2, Warszawa
Museum of King Jan III’s Place at Wilanów
The Palace was built for king John III Sobieski in the last quarter of the 17th century.
The Palace’s museum, established in 1805, is a repository of the country’s royal and artistic heritage. It survived Poland’s partitions and both World Wars. For more information click here.
ul. Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16, Warszawa
Polin – Museum of the History of Polish Jews
This museum located on the side of the former Warsaw Ghetto features a multimedia exhibition about the Jewish community that prospered in Poland for a thousand years up to the World War II. The building itself is a postmodern structure in glass, copper and concrete and it was awarded the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award. You will find more details here.
ul. Anielewicza 6, Warszawa
Royal Łazienki Museum
This used to be King Stanisław August’s summer residence. Throughout his thirty-year reign, he amassed a collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, as well as coins and medals, made by both European and Polish artists. In accordance with one of the King’s ideas from 1792 – the Royal Łazienki were to become the first modern museum open to the public. You will find more details about this place here.
ul. Agrykola 1, Warszawa
The Heritage Interpretation Centre
The Centre tells the story of the reconstruction of the Old Town after World War II – including how it found its way on to the UNESCO World Heritage List. For more information click here.
ul. Brzozowa 11/13
The Museum of Warsaw
The exhibition refers to the history of particular objects in order to tell about historical events and people who had made an impact on the shape and character of contemporary Warsaw. The museum is located in eleven tenements in the Old Town. More information here.
Rynek Starego Miasta 28/42, Warszawa
The Praga Museum of Warsaw
The museum is a branch of The Museum of Warsaw and it’s dedicated to Praga district. It is located in the oldest brick built house in Praga. If you want to find out more click here.
ul. Targowa 50/52, Warszawa
Fotoplastikon is a device which was invented in Germany so people could admire rare photos from around the world. The one that you can visit today in Warsaw was built in 1901. It looks like a huge drum with seats around it. People look through one of 24 viewports. Each picture, from a sequence of 48 images, appears for 15 seconds before moving on to the next.
Al. Jerozolimskie 51, Warszawa
The Warsaw Rising Museum
Museum dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The museum shows the history of the uprising, and the history and activity of the Polish Underground State.
It maintains hundreds of artifact – from weapons used by the insurgents to love letters – in order to present a full picture of the people involved in Warsaw Uprising. For more details visit museum’s website here.
ul. Grzybowska 79, Warszawa