The National Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw

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At The National Museum in Warsaw, see the largest Polish painting, "Battle of Grunwald" by Jan Matejko, and the largest European collection of artifacts of the Nubian culture. The museum features about 830,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, illustrations, photographs, numismatic items, and objects of applied arts. Do not miss the medieval art collection, including intricate altarpieces and painted wooden statues from all over Poland. Look for the paintings reclaimed after being stolen during World War II, such as "Jewish Woman Selling Oranges" and "Black Woman." Rest in a cafe or on one of the benches of an inside courtyard with a fountain. A park behind the building once served as prince's gardens. By using our Warsaw holiday builder tool , you can arrange your visit to The National Museum in Warsaw and other attractions in Warsaw.
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  • A great Museum and well equipped. Cons: the staff not really friendly and in abundance in relation to visitors of the museum itself! Unfortunately nothing audioguides in Italian (but are included in the admission price). That said don't miss the spectacular gallery of Faras, the only European exhibition with medieval Nubian paintings came to light thanks to the campaign carried out by the Polish archaeologist Michalowski on Unesco's appeal because the Egyptian Government had announced the construction of a dam on the Nile that would have flooded the entire area. The pieces of plaster of the Cathedral of Faras data were removed and half to the Polish Government and in part to that of Sudan and testify the presence of Christians in Nubia (middle course of the Nile). In Warsaw the paintings are placed in their actual location because the preparation involves part scale reconstruction of the Cathedral. Let yourself be enchanted by the image of Sant'Anna with a finger to her lips asking to "be quiet" hardly remember the sacredness of the place. Count on time to see the movies on the history of Polish archaeology and the charming father Michalowski history of the basilica and its contacts with Byzantium (the videos are subtitled in English). This section alone is worth the visit the Museum!
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  • We are only to two departments and have spent hours there. The Department with Medieval sculptures and altarpieces was impressive. In the Faras Gallery is a reconstructed early-Christian Nubian Temple. The frescoes are well worth it. There is ample documentation in English at the exhibited works and for children there are also activities (although the language English, but for making puzzles and commands was not relevant).
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  • I was surprised by interesting permanent and temporary exhibitions. They were wast and really interesting with all the necessary information provided about every single piece  more »
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  • For those from out of town: great museum. Interesting medieval art; fascinated Egyptian wall art from the 8-12th century; beautiful pottery, jewelry, and glass; Polish costumes and king's robe and crown; old masters; Polish impressionists; thought-provoking modern art. Amazed it survived the war. Very inexpensive admission.
  • This is a nice museum, whilst I don't care much for the permanent expositions, some of the temporary ones are quite interesting. The permanent expositions are Polish art from the medieval ages etc. Whilst for example a temporary exposition that I saw was the Japanese art. Which was really nice and informative. Staff is great, you can leave your coats at the reception, and you can get student discounts :)
  • The photographic exhibit was very good - The rest of the exhibits are middle-good - but what really knocked it back was the air quality. Both my wife and I who are young and have visited many art galleries around the world were shocked at how dry the air was. So much so we had to escape from many exhibits as the smell and air quality was intolerable.
  • In 2017 paying with credit card is impossible!! Inside only few items has dual language article(Polish and English) most of them has only Polish. But the army viechles on the yard are looks good and if you wanna see only them on the yard its for free.
  • Great painting collection, temporary exhibitions are usually very good. Worth visiting, especially that tickets are quite cheep.

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