Museums

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When in Warsaw please take time to visit at least two or three museums and parks. The visits will be worthwhile because they offer a great deal to their visitors and at the same time represent the history of Warsaw and Poland. The museum visits are very inexpensive and students can often get in at a reduced price. My personal favorites are the Wilanow Palace (Palac Wilanowski), Lazienki Palace, and the Royal Castle museum (Zamek Krolewski). While others such as the National Museums (Muzeum Narodowe) are certainly worth visiting, these three are the most fun and have the most to offer.

THE ROYAL LAZIENKI MUSEUM (Lazienki Krolewskie)
ul. Agrykola 1
00-460 Warszawa
Phone: (22) 621-8212
Fax: (22) 29-69-45

Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday 9am until 3pm, the park closes at dark.
Transportation: Buses 114, 116, 118, 151, and 195 will get you there.

-The museum portion of Lazienki is located right in the middle of the park. Even if you aren't interested in seeing the works of art located in this museum, it would be worthwhile to visit the park itself. If you want to be romantic and score big points with your date then this is the place to go. Trust me.

The Lazienki park itself dates back to the Middle Ages when it was owned by the Mazovian dukes. Later it was became the property of the Polish crown and the aristocracy (Szlachta). In the 18th century the last owner King Stanislaw August Poniatowski hired Dominik Merlini to design several of the buildings that you find there today. Today the park is open to the public free of charge, the Palace on the Water and the Orangerie charge a small fee of about $2 to get in.
HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF THE CAPITAL CITY OF WARSAW (Muzeum Miasta Stolecznego Warszawy)
Rynek Starego Miasta 28/42
00-272 Warszawa
Phone: (22) 635-1625
Fax: (22) 25-85-59

- This museum, which looks rather unimpressive from the outside, houses its collection in over 60 rooms. Starting with the earliest history and going all the way to today. The most impressive exhibition focuses on the Warsaw Uprising. If you really are interested in the history of Warsaw, then I would highly recommend this museum.
JOHN PAUL II MEMORIAL COLLECTION
Pl. Bankowy 1
00-139 Warszawa
Phone: (22) 620-27-25
Fax: (22) 620-09-91
NATIONAL MUSEUM (Muzeum Narodowe)
National Museum Website
Al. Jerozolimskie 3
00-495 Warszawa
Phone: (22) 621-1031
Fax: (22) 25-85-59
MUSEUM AT WILANOW PALACE (Muzea Wilanowskie)
Wilanow Palace Website
ul. Wiertnicza 1
02-958 Warszawa
Phone: (22) 842 2509 or 0795.
Fax: (22) 42-31-16
Hours: Monday, Wednesday thru Saturday 9:30 am until 2:30 pm, Sundays 9:30am until 6pm. The park itself closes at sunset.
Transportation: Buses 116, 130, 164, and 180.


- Located in the former royal residence of King Jan III Sobieski the Wilanow Museums store numerous art collections of its past royal and aristocratic owners. The collections also include everyday objects used by the Jan III Sobieski and subsequent monarchs and aristocratic inhabitants of the Wilanow palace. Although the Wilanow Palace is located away from most of Warsaw's attractions please take time and visit this beautiful palace and its adjoining gardens.
POSTER MUSEUM (Muzeum Plakatu)
ul. Wiertnicza 1
02-958 Warszawa
Phone: (22) 42-26-06
Fax: (22) 42-26-06
MUSEUM OF THE JEWISH HISTORICAL INSTITUTE
ul. Tlomackie 3/5
00-090 Warszawa
Phone: (22) 27-92-21 ext 28
Fax: (22) 27-83-72

-The Jewish History Institute houses archives, a library, and a museum. The museum includes relics from Jewish ghettos and Nazi death camps, as well as a collection of paintings by Jewish artists.
ROYAL CASTLE (Zamek Krolewski)
Royal Castle Website
Pl. Zamkowy 4 (tickets can be bought at Swietojanska 2)
00-277 Warszawa
Phone: (22) 635-3995
Summer Hours: July thru September: Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am until 6pm, Sundays and Mondays 11am until 6pm
Regular Hours: October thru Junue Tuesday thru Saturday 10am until 4pm, Sundays 11am until 4 pm
Transportation: Buses 125, 170 or 190. Trams 4, 13, 26, and 32

- The Royal Castle museum (Zamek Krolewski) features the restored royal chambers and the Senate chambers of the second Polish Republic. In addition, the Castle houses a large collection of original statues, paintings, and objets d'art that were saved from Nazis during the Second World War. The Royal Castle is a must when visiting Warsaw because of its importance to the Polish nation, as well its beauty.
MUSEUM OF THE FREDERIC CHOPIN (Muzeum Frederyka Szopena)
MEMORIAL SOCIETY AT OSTROGSKIS' CASTLE
ul. Okolnik 1
00-368 Warszawa
Phone: (22) 27-54-71 ext 34,35,50,51


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