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. To visit The National Museum in Warsaw on your holiday in Warsaw, and find out what else Warsaw has to offer, use our Warsaw itinerary builder.
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  • Though not as good as some other national art museums, this one does as best as it can with what it has in its collection. The building is used in interesting ways, though not necessarily very logical...  more »
  • The art contained within was beyond beautiful and there was SO MUCH of it, mostly paintings but also sculptures, statues, tapestries, carpets, pottery, porcelain and crystal, clocks, some clothes, and...  more »
  • On a free afternoon, I decided to go to the National Museum and was very happy with my decision. As it turned out, entrance was free, audioguide in English was free, and I wandered at will. The mediev...  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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