The National Museum in Gdansk, Gdansk

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The National Museum in Gdańsk, established in 1972, is one of the main branches of Poland's National Museum system.Its main location is in the old Franciscan monastery, which has been used to house exhibits since the end of the 19th century.Currently the museum has seven departments: Department of Ancient Art - contains Hans Memling's Last JudgementDepartment of Modern Art - in the Opatów Palace in OliwaEthnography Department - in the "Green Gate" DepartmentGdańsk Photography GalleryMuseum of the National Anthem in BędominMuseum of Szlachta Traditions in Waplewo Wielkie
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  • August 15, 2017
    OK, picture, Memling's impressive and job (price per ticket could apply only to him), but the rest, to put it mildly, does not stand up. Sheer atmosphere antymuzealna-employees of loud talk and listen to music from your phone (!!!!!), instead of waiting at the counter to smoke outdoors. The same exhibition described vaguely-important information, and descriptions do not focus on the most important, are only "wall of text". It is worth to go, but to get it renewed at Gdansk-definitely not.
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  • August 7, 2017
    For all who like art (the old sort of) this is well worth a visit. In fact I was surprised by how much there was. Is not very big but for me just enough when a man and a child were waiting in the open air. I would have been able to watch a lot more. A little away from the main street, old town, ul. Dlugalta, but relatively close by and easy to find.
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  • July 29, 2017
    In the former Franciscan monastery presented the National Museum exhibition rooms freshly restored some of the art between the middle ages and the modern. A special highlight is the triptych "The last judgement" by Hans Memling, works of Flemish painting and of the Baroque and Rococo furniture complete the featured exhibition. On Friday, admission is also free. Reaching the National Museum on foot is needed from the city, one less than 10 minutes.
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  • September 6, 2017
    A really “must see“ place in Gdansk - even for people who normally don't care for “old pictures“'. You can get really close to the paintings. Highlight: “The last judgement“-painting. Only negative point: The ticket lady was completely unmotivated. Also the closimg time is too early (5 pm).
  • July 25, 2017
    Amazing collection. Highly recommended. Still, I hope they will add explanations in English in the 1st floor.
  • July 12, 2017
    A pleasent way to spend a while when in Gdansk if a little out of the way. Entry was very cheap and staff were pleasent although offered no input and we didn't ask. I'm no art expert but the obvious draw is Hans Memlings Last judgement which is stunning, there are a few other good paintings but some that I as a non expert wondered about in a national museum. There was a couple of beautiful paintings by an unknown Gdansk artist. Over all a pleasent visit. Follow a map as it's a little out of the way and poorly signposted. A couple who said they were locals thought the building was just a church.
  • May 2, 2017
    Yes, the big draw of this museum is the triptych painting of 'the last judgement' and it is very impressive. Probably worth it to justify going there to see that alone. Which is just as well given some of the other exhibits. There are some interesting other 16th century Dutch paintings (though what are they doing there?), and some of the silver mugs are fascinating, but it's very much a single big piece event. Mildly off the beaten track for the tourist trail, but still easy to reach (provided you follow a map). Read the blurb provided about the symbolism in the painting - it's genuinely quite fascinating. Oh, and maybe pop your head round the next room with the other contemporary pictures of the last judgement... since they really help you realise why Memling's one is quite so good!
  • July 29, 2017
    Historical Building with Medieval, Renaissance and Barroque Art. Free entrance on Fridays

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The suburbs of Gdansk boast plenty of affordable hotels and hostels, offering inexpensive rooms even at the height of the season. Easily accessible by train, neighboring Sopot provides additional sleeping options, including good-value guesthouses and mid-range hotels located mere minutes from the Baltic Sea. If you prefer to stay in Gdansk itself, explore the city's self-catering apartments with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Alternatively, check out the upscale old town hotels, many of which offer discounted rates on the weekends.
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