Warsaw Museums (Self Guided), Warsaw

Warsaw is a lively center of culture and entertainment, and it offers a range of interesting and fascinating museums. It's home to the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature, the Historical Museum of Warsaw (which explains Warsaw’s long history), the Independence Museum (which features various exhibits dedicated to Polish independence), the State Archaeological Museum, the unusual Museum of Measurement, and many others. Take the following tour to visit Warsaw’s best museums!
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Warsaw Museums Map

Guide Name: Warsaw Museums
Guide Location: Poland » Warsaw (See other walking tours in Warsaw)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 4
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: leticia
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Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature (Muzeum Literatury Adama Mickiewicza)

1) Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature (Muzeum Literatury Adama Mickiewicza)

Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw is named after the famous Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz. This museum was founded in the year 1952 and was destroyed during the Second World War. It was later restored to its original condition.

The museum embraces six Old Town houses and was originally dedicated only to Adam Mickiewicz. It was in 1960 that the exhibits were expanded to include works of other poets and writers such as Leopold Staff, Maria Dabrowska and Julian Tiwim.

Modern literature was later added on and today this museum features a historical collection of Polish literature right from the ancient times till today. Here you can find an extensive collection of Adam Mickiewicz’s works including pages from the popular “Pan Tadeucz”, manuscripts, old prints, letters and poems.

Apart from this, you can also find many decorative arts and crafts, furniture, fine art objects, mementoes and books, sculpture, paintings, drawings and medals, all personal belongings of Mickiewicz and other Polish writers and poets.

If you are deeply interested in literature and history, this museum is the ideal place to visit on your trip to Warsaw. Do not forget to visit the photographic archive of this museum that features 19th century photographs and daguerreotypes portraying the works and lives of poets and writers.

Visual and audio materials including audio recordings of some of the famous Polish writers can be found at the audio department of the museum.

Hours: Mon, Tue and Fri: 10.00 - 16.00; Wed, Thu: 11.00 - 18.00; Sun: 11.00 -17.00
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Museum of Warsaw (Muzeum Warszawy)

2) Museum of Warsaw (Muzeum Warszawy) (must see)

Located in the Old Town Market, this facility was established in 1936 as the Museum of Old Warsaw. It was then housed in three buildings purchased by the municipality in the market square. The museum, along with the collection, was destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising. After WWII, the museum was reopened under its current name and buildings for it were rebuilt in the years 1948-1954 in the context of the unprecedented reconstruction of historic Warsaw.

The museum's various collections in the fields of archeology, painting, graphics, iconography, sculpture, decorative arts, numismatics and architectural drawings, now exceed 250,000 objects. In addition to its exhibitions, the museum has a strong record of publishing, as well as numerous publications on their own collections and the history of Warsaw. They organize lessons and competitions for schools and conferences and participate in significant events such as: a Night at the Museum, the Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre, the Festival of Science, and the University of the Third Age. It is also a co-producer of documentary films devoted to the capital.

Visit this museum to soak in the very essence of the wonderful city of Warsaw.

Tip:
Once you get inside, it feels like a maze with lots of rooms and stairs. Don't forget to get a map as well as the well-organized audio tour (English available) so that you won't miss a single room!

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–7pm
Admission is free on Thursdays
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum of Independence (Muzeum Niepodległości)‎

3) Museum of Independence (Muzeum Niepodległości)‎

Every city has its own culture and history. Museums are ideal resources from where you can get a comprehensive picture of the very essence of the country. In Poland, one of the most prominent museums frequented by tourists is the Independence Museum. This museum is located within the citadel in Pavilion X.

It was constructed between 1832 and 1834 by Tsar Nicholas after the November Uprising suppression. You will find powerful garrison surrounding the Citadel.

It showcases historical aspects of Poland that includes its 18th-century division between Austria, Prussia, and Russia. Under the Nazis and the Russian authorities, the tenth pavilion was used as a prison. At this museum, you will find a prisoner’s carriage called Kibitka used by the Russians to lock in political prisoners and send them to Siberia.

At this unique, informative museum, you can also find exhibits that document Polish battle history and the country’s hunger and aspirations for independence. You can find information on various battles including the Kosciuszko Uprising.

Independence Museum has a collection of military items, works of art, postcards, photographs, coins, medals and other national symbols. You can also find commemorative archival materials. This museum is replete with materials that tell you all about the 1970s and 1980s resistance movement. In this aspect, you can call this a Polish martyrdom museum.

Tip:
Come on Thursday – free admission will allow you to better understand how interesting this is for you.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sun: 12-5pm
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National Museum of Archaeology

4) National Museum of Archaeology (must see)

Editor's Note: In connection with the implementation of the program "Modernization of the Northern and Eastern part of Warsaw Arsenal", all exhibitions and educational activities of the museum are suspended from October 1, 2018, until further notice.

The State Archaeological Museum is situated in a historic building of the former Warsaw Arsenal, which dates back to the 17th century. The museum features various archaeological digs and excavations, including clay vessels, monuments, bronze items, treasure coins and ornaments from the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. It has recently (as at 2014) been heavily modernized and includes detailed displays in both Polish and English.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am–4pm; Sun: 10am–4pm
Last admission to the museum: 3pm

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Warsaw Prominent Sightseeing Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

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