It’s a modern multimedia museum where you can learn about the history, origins and the development of Jewish culture over the ages. It’s a place where you can not only learn some information but also use your senses to feel and experience a rich variety of interactive expositions. At every step, you can get an advice from a person who can help you to find yourself in this enormous and outstanding museum. 

Besides sightseeing, the Polin Museum offers a store with souvenirs and a small coffee shop for tourists to get some rest.

The museum is visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. These visitors not only acquire new knowledge but also have a chance to contact with controversial political topics of Polish and Jewish history. They also have an opportunity to confront the stereotypes and face the modern threats such as xenophobia and nationalistic prejudice.

“Due to ideas of openness, tolerance and truth, Polin Museum contributes to mutual understanding and respect among Poles and Jews.”

Website | Address: 6 Mordechaja Anielewicza Street,  00-157 Warsaw 

Opening Hours: Closed on Tuesdays

Monday, Thursday, Friday – 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday – 10:00 - 20:00

Tickets: Standard: 25PLN, Reduced: 15PLN. With a guide: Standard 35PLN, Reduced: 25PLN



It’s very modern museum named from one of the most superior Polish scientist Nicolas Copernicus. You can find there a rich variety of over 400 different objects. It’s goal is to spread and popularize the science. In this interactive museum you can unleash your curiosity by conducting your own experiments to understand how the world works.

Moreover, it has a planetarium where you can see extraordinary views of planets and stars. Copernicus Science Center is an enormous museum rich in expositions, restaurants and shops. If you want to come there – make sure that you have a whole day to spend.

Website | Address: 20 Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie Street, 00-390 Warsaw

Opening hours: Closed on Mondays

April – June: Tuesday – Friday: 08:00 - 18:00
                      Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00

July – August: Tuesday – Sunday: 09:00 - 19:00 

Sept – Dece: Tuesday – Friday: 09:00 - 18:00  
                       Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00

Tickets: Standard: 27PLN, Reduced: 18PLN



If you are going to walk along Nowy Świat street we recommend you to visit the Chopin Museum – it’s interesting, unique and enriching attraction of Warsaw. This place is very cozy and small but gives you just enough space to contemplate his art. This unique exposition is placed in a beautiful palace which amazes people by its architectonic mastery. 

This museum will give you a multidimensional experience, where besides reading and touching some objects you will have the opportunity to hear the sonatas of this great artist.

Website | Address: Ostrogski Palace, 1 Okólnik Street, 00-368 Warsaw

Opening hours: Closed on Mondays

Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00 - 20:00

Tickets: Standard: 22PLN, Reduced: 13PLN



Wilanow Palace is the oldest art museum in Poland. It was founded in 1805 on the initiative of the Polish aristocrats of the Potocki family. The museum belonged to the royal family, who from generation to generation made their precious collections available for visitors. After the World War II, Wilanow Palace was taken over by the State. It was only in 1945 that works has begun on the renewal and supplementation of the Palace collections. Now every tourist has the opportunity to visit the magnificent royal halls and admire the hand-carved furniture and unusual masterpieces and remnants of the Polish aristocracy. In addition to visiting the museum, the palace gardens, are the stage for an interactive light show.

Website | Address: Muzeum Pałacu Króla Jana III w Wilanowie, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 02-958 Warsaw 

Opening Hours:

April – October: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday – 9:30 – 18:00 
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9:30 – 16:00

Tickets: Standard: 20PLN, Reduced: 15PLN



As the name suggests, the museum is devoted to the history of the Warsaw Uprising and World War II. It is a very modern museum, which impresses with its architecture and is housed in a former tramway powerhouse, a monument of 20th century architecture. It was opened on the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. All exhibitions are arranged chronologically and are related to specific topics. The museum is interactive, which means that tourists can not only learn new information but also hear, touch and feel the events of that time. During the tour you can see the calendar bits describing the events, which took place on particular dates. Some of them are easy to find, others, cleverly hidden, so it is an interesting attraction to find the entire collection of them. It is a must see point during your stay in Warsaw, as it is one of those places which once visited, remain remembered for the rest of your life.

Website | Address: Grzybowska 79 Street, 00-844 Warsaw

Opening Hours: Closed on Tuesdays

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 20:00 
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

Tickets: Standard: 20PLN, Reduced: 16PLN



The National Museum in Warsaw was originally founded in 1918, but the present building was built and reopened between 1927 and 1938. It’s one of the oldest museums in Poland, which plays a meaningful role in Warsaw. The tourist who visits this museum has an opportunity to see all of the 820 thousand of magnificent works of art and learn about history from the ancient times to the present. The collection consists of antiques, like coins, paintings, designs, draws etc., which are not only from Poland but from all over the world. It’s one of the classic museums but also one of the biggest museums in Warsaw with the richest collection in the country.   

Website | Address:  Al. Jerozolimskie 3, 00-495 Warsaw

Opening Hours: Closed on Mondays

Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 21:00

Tickets: Standard: 15PLN, Reduced: 10PLN



Over the years The Royal Castle in Warsaw was plundered many times, and after the war it was almost completely destroyed. The reconstruction of the castle took place in the years 1971-1984, and in 1979 the castle became a museum, being established as a state cultural institution Royal Castle in Warsaw - Monument of National History and Culture.

You can admire all the rooms - from royal bedrooms and ballrooms to congress halls. Besides of the unusual hand-carved furniture, you can admire paintings, ornamental floors and ceilings. The arrangement of the Palace is made in a way, that the tourists feel just like they would go back in time and be aristocrats on the royal court. Walking through ornamental halls you can feel the royal spirit and learn about the history of Poland and its kings.

Website | Address: pl. Zamkowy 4, Warsaw

Opening hours:  

During the summer season:
Monday - Wednesday: 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 20:00
Friday - Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00 (entry free-of-charge)

During the winter season:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 16:00 (entry free of charge)

Tickets: Standard: 30PLN, Reduced: 20PLN



The inauguration of Museum of Modern Art took place in 2017. Right now it’s one of the newest and most modern museums in Warsaw. It’s a small museum but with new and interesting art exhibitions. Every time you can see something new thanks to temporary exhibitions. 

The history behind the building architecture is very interesting. The Thyssenn-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation made by Francesa von Habsburg, which takes care of the museum, have the main goal to popularize experimental art and architecture. The plan for the building of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw is to paint it all with artist drawing and painting. 

It’s located on 22 Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie street. It is a must see place if you go to Copernicus science center, or to see Warsaw mermaid monument. 

Website | Address: 3 Pańska Street, 01-124  Warsaw

Opening Hours:

Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00 - 20:00
Friday: 12:00 - 22:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 20:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00

Tickets: Free of charge



“Zachęta – National Gallery of Art is an institution whose mission is to popularize contemporary art as an important element of socio-cultural life. A place where the most interesting phenomena of 20th and 21st century art are presented.” – the quote you can find on their official web side which describes best the goal of the museum.

The gallery is a great place to relax and find some peace, among the works of art from temporary exhibitions. You can find there pieces of work that are over 100 years old.
Zachęta National Galley of Art is not only about exhibitions but is also very active in organizing social programs and festivals. For example, they organize a presentation of Poland for the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice - one of the world’s most important art festivals. What is more, they also organize educational programs for families and children. They also publish art books and collect data about post-1945 Polish life. 

If you want to gain some new knowledge and see the newest art exhibitions, but also buy books, meet new people, and take a part in workshops – it’s a perfect place to visit.

Website | Address: pl. Małachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warsaw

Opening Hours: Closed on Mondays

Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 - 20:00 

Tickets: Standard: 15PLN, Reduced: 10PLN Thursday: Free of charge



At first, in 1936, there was a Museum known as the Museum of Old Warsaw. Collection and all of the memories were destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising, in the time of World War II. After that horrible time, the museum was rebuild and reopened under its present name – Museum of Warsaw. The main goal of its reconstruction was to maintain the architecture of historic, old Warsaw. 

On the exhibition tourists can see all of the paintings, graphics, sculptures and iconography showing empowering history of Warsaw, in a number of 250 000 unique objects. 

It has many locations, but the main building is located on Old Town Market. It’s a perfect place to visit more see more than one museum at the same day because nearby we have the Royal Castle of Warsaw and the Museum of Fryderyk Chopin. 

Website | Address: 28-42 Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta 28-42), 00-272 Warsaw

Opening Hours: Closed on Mondays

Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

Tickets: Free of charge


by Agnieszka Osuch, ESN SWPS