The National Museum in Warsaw

The National Museum in Warsaw was originally founded in 1862 as the Museum of Fine Arts and is currently one of the oldest art museums in the country. After Poland regained its independence in 1918, the National Museum was ascribed a prominent role in the plans for the new state and its capital city
of Warsaw. The Modernist building in which it currently resides was raised
in 1927–1938 and is located in the centre of Warsaw.

Today, the Museum boasts a collection numbering around 830,000 works of art from Poland and abroad, from ancient times to the present including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, coins, as well as utilitarian objects and design. The most important works are also presented online, on the Digital NMW website.

The Museum has four divisions situated in picturesque parks: the Poster Museum in Wilanów (Warsaw), the Xawery Dunikowski Sculpture Museum at the Królikarnia Palace (Warsaw), the Museum of Interiors in Otwock Wielki and the Museum in Nieborów and Arkadia. An association of the Museum’s aficionados and supporters operates at the institution.

Since 2012, the Museum’s jubilee year, NMW has embarked on a thorough rearrangement process and is gradually re-opening subsequent permanent galleries, where the most precious artefacts are presented in a modern and friendly setting. The Professor Kazimierz MichaƂowski Faras Gallery, recently
re-opened following a complete refurbishment, is the only European exhibition of early Christian Nubian painting. This worldwide unique collection is housed
in the NMW thanks to Polish archaeologists who took part in the international action carried out under the auspices of UNESCO to safeguard the remains of old cultures that had developed in the Nile Valley, between the first and second cataract.

The Museum offers a broad selection of educational programs for people of all ages with special events aimed at audiences ranging from two-year-olds to senior citizens. This is reflected by the Grand Prix of the Warsaw Fair of Cultural Education Programs awarded to our institution.

In autumn 2014 NMW joined the Google Art Project and became the second museum in Poland whose interiors were opened to the Internet users from all over the world. A virtual walk – so-called Museum View – will be possible this spring and its main path will consist of the Gallery of 19th Century Art.

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Opening information

Tuesday to Sunday 12 - 6pm, Thursday until 9pm, Friday until 8pm, closed Monday.

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Image of karen

is the Battle of Grunwald painting currently on display?

Image of mike lockwood

hi i have emailed the museum here [email protected] to find out. you can call museum on Tel. +48 22 621 10 31 to double check. kind regards,

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Al. Jerozolimskie 3
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+48 22 621 10 31
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