Museums Walking Tour of Gdansk, 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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Museums Walking Tour of Gdansk Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour of Gdansk
Guide Location: Poland » Gdansk (See other walking tours in Gdansk)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: vickyc
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: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 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: Tuesday, Thursday: 12 pm - 7 pm; Wednesday: 10 am - 4 pm; Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm; (July and August: Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Wednesday: 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday: 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: Monday 09:00 - 13:00; Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 - 18:00; Sunday 11:00 - 18:00.
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.

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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: 9 am - 5 pm; Thursday - Friday: 8 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm; (from July: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm)
Central Maritime Museum

7) 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.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm;

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.
Shopping Walking Tour in Gdansk

Shopping Walking Tour in Gdansk

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: 1.6 km
Gdansk: Oliwa Walking Tour

Gdansk: 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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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: 2.5 km
Churches Walking Tour of Gdansk

Churches Walking Tour of Gdansk

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
Art Galleries Walking Tour of Gdansk

Art Galleries Walking Tour of Gdansk

Gdansk is a city that can pride itself as the home place of many talented modern artists. Also, The Gdansk National Museum displays famous religious paintings, such as "the Last Judgment" by Hans Memling. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most famous local art centers and into places where you can contemplate the works of outstanding world artists:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Gdansk for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Gdansk has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Gdansk, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.