National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe), Warsaw

National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe), Warsaw (must see)

On your visit to Warsaw, a tourist guide would definitely take you to the National Museum – the pride of Poland and the largest museum in the country, displaying more than a million sculptures, paintings, objets d’art, numismatics and drawings collected over a period of over 140 years.

The permanent galleries feature a large collection of artworks, with paintings hung not chronologically, but thematically: genre painting, still lifes, landscapes, cityscapes, biblical, mythological, nudes. Works by Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German and Polish artists are hung together, making it easy to observe and compare similarities and differences. The Gallery of Ancient Art, Faras Gallery, Gallery of Medieval Art, Gallery of Old Masters, Gallery of 19th-century Art and the Gallery of 20th and 21st-century, includes the works of Polish painters and sculptors and are displayed in the context of art in other countries and in different epochs. The galleries reflect the richness and diversity of traditions and historical experiences of individual nations, which, however, built their cultural identity on the same foundation of Greco-Roman antiquity and the Christian religion.

Why You Should Visit:
To see the nation's most famous artwork, sculptures, and medieval religious artifacts that are fascinatingly old and not very often seen outside of Poland.
The museum also has some very good temporary exhibitions. There's a restaurant downstairs and a good café in the adjacent courtyard to the museum entrance.

Tip:
Particularly recommendable galleries are: the Faras Gallery which contains frescoes from a Nubian monastery which Polish archaeologists helped salvage during the building of the Aswan dam (you will not see any comparable art in Europe); the Medieval Art gallery which has some fantastic altar-pieces combining painting and sculpture; the gallery of European Art which has only been recently opened and combines painting and applied art (furniture, clothes, porcelain, etc) from the Renaissance and Baroque in some fascinating displays.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Thu, Sat, Sun: 10am–6pm; Fri: 10am–9pm; last entry 30mins before closing times
Free admission to permanent galleries on Tuesday (entry passes available at ticket office)
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe)
Sight Location: Warsaw, Poland
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Museums and Galleries Walk  

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