Historical Museum of Warsaw
On May 28, 2017, after a two-year break, the doors of the Warsaw History Museum reopened to visitors. This event was marked by a bright holiday in the Market Square of the Old Town with performances by officials and a concert by the symphony orchestra. Employees see their mission not only in retelling historical events, but also in creating a strong connection between the modern capital of Poland and its symbols, traditions, and the lives of past generations of citizens. The reconstructed museum enters a new era of its development.
A bit of history
In 1936, the Warsaw municipality bought three houses on the Market Square for the Museum of Old Warsaw. After the Second World War, the dilapidated Old Town was revived, and now the museum already occupies 11 buildings with a courtyard. Its funds contain 300 thousand storage units related to the history of the city, first mentioned in documents around 1300. The basis of the exposition is private collections of Warsaw and the results of archaeological excavations. During the reconstruction, documents and artifacts were digitized and restored.
What to see
The name of the main exposition of the renewed The Things of Warsaw museum can be translated as “Things of Warsaw”, but this is not true, in fact it recreates the spirit of a beautiful, cheerful, elegant city. The archaeological room displays the results of excavations on Castle Square, in the Krasinsky Gardens and the Polish Bank. The room of monuments is filled with stone and bronze figures that once stood on the streets and squares. A special room is reserved for the Warsaw mermaids, the ancient city talisman. Here are collected more than 100 of their images made by Polish artists, sculptors and even photographers.
A special pride of the museum is the collection of silverware, the creation of which was greatly complicated by military disasters and the general plunder of the country. The oldest item dates back to 1759, the latest acquisitions made at the end of the last century. A rich collection of postcards, plans and maps, portraits of Warsaw, drawings and landscapes tell about the history of the city, the changing appearance of its buildings. Personal items, watches, souvenirs, awards and decorations of the inhabitants of Warsaw are displayed on the stands.
In 2002, the museum received as a gift a collection of 956 items, including drawings, maps, miniatures, ceramics, furniture, military ammunition, medals, front albums belonging to the Polish army veteran Anders Jan Schiele. His collection is exhibited in a separate room, it tells about the Poles who participated in the battles at the European Theater of War.
The collection of clothes and shoes includes fragments of the kuntush of Mazovian princes of the 16th century, products of palace sewing workshops and craftsmen, casual and formal dresses, various accessories that emphasize the social status of the owners. Models of modern designers are also presented, many surprise with originality and even some shocking.
Museum Address: Warsaw, Rynek Starego Miasta, 28-42. Website in English
Getting there: by bus or tram to the stops Stare miasto, Zamkowy, Krasinskih.
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. The day off is Monday. The price of a full ticket for adults is 20 PLN, for children and students – 15 PLN. Prices on the page are for March 2019.
All museum premises are suitable for wheelchair users. Visually impaired with guide dogs are allowed inside.