Museums and Galleries Walk (Self Guided), Warsaw

There's lots of high quality art galleries to be found in Warsaw, and they are mostly concentrated in the center of the city. Visitors will see artwork from around the world, by artists both known and unknown, as well as local ones. Warsaw also houses many outstanding museums, which offer interesting and exciting exhibitions. Check out these wonderful museums and galleries in Warsaw in the next walking tour!
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Museums and Galleries Walk Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Walk
Guide Location: Poland » Warsaw (See other walking tours in Warsaw)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: leticia
Galeria Art

1) Galeria Art

Galeria Art is located on Krakowskie Przedmiescie, near the Old Town. This gallery focuses on artworks by famous and unknown Polish artists. Besides its beautiful paintings and interesting graphics, you will find displays of charming small sculptures, as well.
Zachęta National Gallery of Art

2) Zachęta National Gallery of Art

There are many exhibition sites in Warsaw and one of the oldest among them is the Zacheta National Gallery of Art. This gallery has a rich tradition that dates back to the mid nineteenth century. Located next to the Saski Park right in the center of the city and close to the Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Warsaw, this gallery was founded way back in 1860.

The gallery was founded for the express purpose of promoting art for the benefit of the society as well as artists. Works of art were collected to create a national collection. Young artists were benefited by this and interest was stimulated in the art community. Prints of artworks were awarded to the public as prizes.

When the society decided to construct a building for the gallery with the help of contributions from the public, the design contract was handed over to Stefan Szyller. He constructed an urban palace in eclectic style.

Today, Zacheta actively fosters a tradition that showcases the history of success of art lovers and artists. This is evident with the extraordinarily beautiful building that continues to hold several exhibitions and has a vast collection of artworks apart from an exhaustive library.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ethnographic Museum (Muzeum Etnograficzne)‎‎

3) Ethnographic Museum (Muzeum Etnograficzne)‎‎

If you wish to learn more about Polish and international folk culture, Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw is the place to visit. This is the oldest museum of its kind in Poland and was founded in the year 1888. Here you will find an impressive range of international and Polish objects. There are over 80,000 objects here that showcase the essential cultures of Poland, Oceania, Africa and America.

Browse through the interesting collection and you will learn everything you need to know about Polish people, their rituals and material culture. Thematic exhibitions are organized on a temporary basis by the Museum that plays a major role in cultural research, publishing and promotional activities.

Sadly, many tourists overlook a visit to this wonderful museum in Warsaw. It is here that you will find everything important about the cultural heritage of Poland. As you enter the museum, you will be pleasantly surprised by the calm and serene atmosphere. You will also find an attractive collection of handicrafts, costumes, Polish inventions, furniture, photographs and art. All collections are displayed in a superb manner.

You will find exhibitions of Australasian and African ethnographic art here. This active museum organizes a variety of hands-on events and temporary exhibitions.
Galeria SCHODY

4) Galeria SCHODY

This art gallery was founded in 1998 and is dedicated to contemporary art. Located on the charming Nowy Swiat street, it focuses on presentation and promotion of the Polish art scene. Here you can also find the works of talented and creative foreign contemporary artists.

Hours: Monday - Friday 13:00 - 18:00
Fryderyk Chopin Museum

5) Fryderyk Chopin Museum (must see)

Chopin was a born and raised Warsawian who is perhaps the most well-known Pole internationally. His work has been performed thousands and thousands of times in different music halls and parlors around the world.

If you love music, your trip to Warsaw is certainly incomplete without a visit to this museum that showcases melodies in their very essence. History and works of the genius composer Chopin are displayed here in the form of documents and original manuscripts written by him, as well as sculptures, photographs and letters, piano competitions, or recitals of his works.

Refurbished for the 200th anniversary (2010) of Frédéric Chopin's birth, this multimedia museum is one of the most modern museums in Poland. Its collections are displayed on five levels of exhibition space in 15 rooms. As you enter the museum you will be struck by the majestic Pompeian style frescoes, stucco, and the rich ceilings. Some museums can be too bright, but this one sets a nice, tranquil mood.

Why You Should Visit:
Even if you're not interested in Chopin's life, this is definitely worth checking out for all the interactive exhibits and, of course, the listening room in the basement. The building itself is gorgeous, making a lovely setting, but not one that is too distracting.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 11am-8pm
Apr 20, Dec 31: 11am-3pm
Free admission: Wednesdays
Foksal Gallery

6) Foksal Gallery

On your trip to Warsaw, do not miss out a visit to Foksal Gallery, a popular non-commercial gallery. This gallery was established in the year 1966. Though it is small in size, it is highly reputed internationally and is visited by many tourists from across the world. In keeping with its strong tradition, this gallery showcases work by avant-garde contemporary artists.

A group of Polish artists and critics founded this gallery, as a unique platform where art could just exist without any reference to history or context. It was essentially created to serve as a place without any outside influence or rules. Some of the prominent artist founders of Foksal Gallery include Edward Krasinski, Roman Owidzkiego, Tadeusz Kantor, Henryk Stazewski and Zbigniew Gostomski.

Foksal Gallery is named after the street where it is located. Foksal is a Polish interpretation of “Vauxhall” and was named in the nineteenth century by a merchant when a park area was created here.

This gallery holds the distinction of being one of the most influential galleries in Poland. It showcases artworks of many distinguished internationally acclaimed artists including Joseph Beuys, Henryk Stazewski, Christian Boltanski, Luc Tuymans, Anselm Kiefer, Royden Rabinowitch, Matthew Barney, Douglas Gordon, Leon Tarasewicz, Koji Kamoji, Ian Hamilton, Tadeusz Kantor, Bill Viola, Victor Burgin and Marek Chlanda. If you love art, the Foksal Gallery is a place you must visit on your trip to Warsaw.

Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe)

7) National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe) (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.

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
Military Museum of Poland

8) Military Museum of Poland

Museum of the Polish Army (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego) is a museum in Warsaw documenting the military aspects of the history of Poland. Created in 1920, it occupies a wing of the building of the Polish National Museum as well as several branches in Poland. It's Warsaw's second largest museum and the largest collection of military objects in Poland. The collection illustrates a thousand years of Polish military history - from the 10th century to the Second World War. The forecourt of the museum houses several dozen armoured vehicles, artillery pieces and aircraft, an eclectic mix of Soviet, western and Polish equipment, mostly from the World War II era. The indoor galleries concentrate on the military history of Poland since the 10th century, and are particularly strong on Poland's era of military greatness in the 17th century, through the decline into anarchy in the 18th century. By far the largest part of exhibition space is devoted to the 20th century, especially World War II. Highlights of the Museum's collection include an extremely rare gilded helmet from the 10th century, which is said to have belonged to a Polish chieftain and the collection of hussars' armour. Additionally there is a permanent exhibition of oriental arms and armour from the museum's own extensive collection, which includes many world-class items from Ottoman Turkey, the Crimean Tatar Khanate, Mongolia and Japan.

Hours: Wednesday: 10 am- 5 pm; Thursday-Sunday: 10 am- 4 pm.

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