The National Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw

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At The National Museum in Warsaw, see the largest Polish painting, "Battle of Grunwald" by Jan Matejko, and the largest European collection of artifacts of the Nubian culture. The museum features about 830,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, illustrations, photographs, numismatic items, and objects of applied arts. Do not miss the medieval art collection, including intricate altarpieces and painted wooden statues from all over Poland. Look for the paintings reclaimed after being stolen during World War II, such as "Jewish Woman Selling Oranges" and "Black Woman." Rest in a cafe or on one of the benches of an inside courtyard with a fountain. A park behind the building once served as prince's gardens. By using our Warsaw holiday builder tool , you can arrange your visit to The National Museum in Warsaw and other attractions in Warsaw.
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  • A great Museum and well equipped. Cons: the staff not really friendly and in abundance in relation to visitors of the museum itself! Unfortunately nothing audioguides in Italian (but are included in the admission price). That said don't miss the spectacular gallery of Faras, the only European exhibition with medieval Nubian paintings came to light thanks to the campaign carried out by the Polish archaeologist Michalowski on Unesco's appeal because the Egyptian Government had announced the construction of a dam on the Nile that would have flooded the entire area. The pieces of plaster of the Cathedral of Faras data were removed and half to the Polish Government and in part to that of Sudan and testify the presence of Christians in Nubia (middle course of the Nile). In Warsaw the paintings are placed in their actual location because the preparation involves part scale reconstruction of the Cathedral. Let yourself be enchanted by the image of Sant'Anna with a finger to her lips asking to "be quiet" hardly remember the sacredness of the place. Count on time to see the movies on the history of Polish archaeology and the charming father Michalowski history of the basilica and its contacts with Byzantium (the videos are subtitled in English). This section alone is worth the visit the Museum!
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  • We are only to two departments and have spent hours there. The Department with Medieval sculptures and altarpieces was impressive. In the Faras Gallery is a reconstructed early-Christian Nubian Temple. The frescoes are well worth it. There is ample documentation in English at the exhibited works and for children there are also activities (although the language English, but for making puzzles and commands was not relevant).
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  • I was surprised by interesting permanent and temporary exhibitions. They were wast and really interesting with all the necessary information provided about every single piece  more »
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  • Great permament and temporary exhibitions, great gift shop and really nice building. The only complaint is that the lights, in all the rooms, were too bright and made it difficult or at times impossible to appreciate the works. The paintings had annoying reflections and the magazines, covered by glass, were impossible to see due to the reflection. A mistake I've seen many times and still don't understand why it isn't solved. Reasonable price and very central location. Great over all experience, I would definitely go back
  • Absolutely loved it! I am very impressed with realism portraits and academic art there. Murzynka (A Negress) and Zydowka z pomaranczami (A Jewish Woman with Oranges) are my special love. The shop there is also good. And note that Tuesday is free admittance day 😉
  • Extensive collection of XIX century painting, particularly the likes of Malczewski or Matejko, is probably the museum's focal point. 2-3 hours recommend, and that's without temporary exhibitions. Not one of those places high on interactivity, but it's an art gallery first and foremost. Guided tours available, and you can get an audio guide if that's your thing.
  • There is no fee for entrance sometimes. But not for all exhibits ... There is a lot of local artists displayed. There Are some pieces od art from recent times
  • A nice collection of Polish paintings through the centuries. The downside is the lack of English explanations or audio guide. It looks liked the museum is only for Polish people.

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