Museums Tour (Self Guided), Gdansk

Gdansk is a very beautiful city in Poland, located on the seashore, that boasts beautiful old architecture. Its numerous museums are lodged in these majestic historic buildings. There are some museums that reflect the unique culture of this country, like, for instance, the Museum of Burgher Culture. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most famous museums of Gdansk.
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Guide Name: Museums Tour
Guide Location: Poland » Gdansk (See other walking tours in Gdansk)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • National Museum in Gdansk
  • Jailing Museum
  • Museum of Burgher Culture
  • Historical Museum of the City of Gdansk
  • The Artus Court
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Ship Sołdek
  • Central Maritime Museum
National Museum in Gdansk

1) National Museum in Gdansk (must see)

The National Museum in Gdansk was founded in 1872 but became the National Museum in 1972. Till 1972 it was dubbed the City Museum and Pomeranian Museum. The museum sits on the premises of a post-Franciscan monastery that dates back to the 15th century. It was damaged during the wars fought in its vicinity - the Prussian, Napoleonic, and later the World War II - but it has been very skillfully restored. You can visit the exhibitions of Old Art, that are mainly the paintings on religious theme created by Polish and European artists. The other feature of the museum is textiles and embroideries from as early as the 13th century.

Operation Hours:
Summer season: May 1 - September 30; Tue - Sun 10 am - 5 pm;

Winter season: October 1 - April 30
Tue - Sun 9 am - 4 pm.
Jailing Museum

2) Jailing Museum

Jailing Museum is set in the old Middle Age buildings that used to be a prison in those remote times. The Museum was opened in 1983. It displays weapons of the city guards, tools used to torture or kill, police weapons, objects and evidence related to crimes, etc.
Museum of Burgher Culture

3) Museum of Burgher Culture

The Museum of Burgher Culture is also set in a historic building that dates back to the 18th century. The owners of the building were the affluent Uphagen family. Inside the house you can see examples of Burgher Culture in the decor, furniture and paintings. The public can see a typical house of the Gdansk patrician of that period, with a hall, drawing room, sales office, smoking room, music room, kitchen and the court. All these are characteristic of Burgher Culture in Poland.

Operation hours: Closed Mondays; open Tuesdays, Thursdays: 12 pm-7 pm; Wednesdays: 10 am-4 pm; Fridays: 10 am-5 pm; Sundays: 11 am-5 pm; (July and August); open Tuesdays: 10 am-5 pm; Wednesdays: 10 am-4 pm; Thursdays-Saturdays: 10 am- 5 pm; Sundays: 11 am-5 pm.
Historical Museum of the City of Gdansk

4) Historical Museum of the City of Gdansk (must see)

The Historical Museum of the City of Gdansk is housed in the beautiful Gothic and Renaissance building of the Main Town Hall. Some of its collections hold tenancy in other historic buildings of the city. The museum itself has a History Section and an Art Section, where you can see paintings, sculptures, things made by goldsmiths, potters and weavers from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The main features of the museum are fresco decorations of the Red Council Room, the Winter Council Room, the City Treasury, the Great Hall, the former chapel and paintings by Jan Vredemann de Vries, Izaak van den Block. The original furniture from the time of the Renaissance is also very rich and worth seeing.

Opening hours:
Winter season: Tuesday: 10 am - 1 pm; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm.

Summer season: Monday: 10 am - 1 pm; Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm.
The Artus Court

5) The Artus Court (must see)

The Artus Court is a building in the center of Gdańsk, which used to be the meeting place of merchants and a center of social life. Today, it is a point of interest for numerous visitors and is a branch of the Gdańsk History Museum. The name was taken from the very popular Middle Ages legend of King Arthur - a symbol of chivalry and gallantry. First in England, then in other European countries, his name was given to the houses where knights and aristocrats used to meet. The interior is one big Gothic hall. Since 1531, it has been completely redecorated -- the walls have been covered with wainscot and friezes of mythological and historic character. The richly-ornamented furniture and numerous paintings add to the splendor of the hall. The most famous pictures are the works by anonymous artists from the late 15th century.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Archaeological Museum

6) Archaeological Museum (must see)

The Archaeological Museum in Gdansk has many exhibitions about the tribes that lived in this territory in the early centuries. The conjecture is that it were the Goths who inhabited the area. These tribes distinguished themselves by their burial rites - they richly decorated their graves. You will be impressed with various collections of archaeological and ethnographic findings, among which there are jewels and other precious objects.

Operation Hours: Tuesday: 8 am - 4 pm; Wednesday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm.
Ship Sołdek

7) Ship Sołdek

Ship Sołdek is a coal and ore freighter, and it was the first ship built in Poland after WWII. Launched on 6 November 1947, for a Polish owner, it was the first of 29 ships of the Project B30 type, built in 1949 - 1954, in Stocznia Gdańska. Ship Sołdek is now preserved as a museum ship in Gdańsk and stands on the river in the city of Gdansk.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Central Maritime Museum

8) Central Maritime Museum (must see)

The Central Maritime Museum was founded in 1960. It is set, as all museums in Gdansk, in a historic building in the central part of the city. There you can see the Great Crane - the port crane of 1444. The museum deals with the history of ports and shipbuilding. There are such popular permanent exhibitions as "Boats of Non-European Peoples", "Poland and the Baltic Sea", etc.

Walking Tours in Gdansk, Poland

Create Your Own Walk in Gdansk

Create Your Own Walk in Gdansk

Creating your own self-guided walk in Gdansk is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Gdansk's Historical Churches Tour

Gdansk's Historical Churches Tour

Gdansk has a long history of Catholicism, hence the many impressive churches found in the city. In Gdansk you will see some of the most spectacular medieval religious sites, such as St. Mary's Church, St. Nicolas Church, and other churches that distinguish themselves as part of the urban landscape. Take this self-guided tour to discover the old historic churches of Gdansk:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Oliwa Walking Tour

Oliwa Walking Tour

Oliwa is an attractive place for tourists in Gdansk. Its main features are a cathedral, the New Abbots' Palace and a park. Gdansk Zoo is close to the historic center of Oliwa. With this self-guided tour you will enjoy this significant part of Gdansk that is worth a special visit:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Gdansk Shopping Tour

Gdansk Shopping Tour

Gdansk offers an exceptional shopping experience, especially because of its local treasure -- amber. Various things can be made from this gem: jewels and souvenirs are just a few. In the center of Gdansk you can drop into numerous amazing small shops. Take this self-guided tour to discover the following most popular shopping spots of Gdansk:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Gdansk Introduction Walking Tour

Gdansk Introduction Walking Tour

Gdansk is one of the most beautiful cities on the Baltic Sea. It's one of the main cities of the so-called Tri-cities of the Baltic shore. It is a city of magnificent old architecture and the amazing, almost fairy-tale atmosphere of the streets. There are many landmarks, such as churches, fountains and monuments. Take this tour to discover the most famous places in Gdansk.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles