History Museums in Warsaw

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History Museums in Warsaw

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  • Nigel & Irina
    5 contributions
    Well presented exhibition with lots of artifacts, however the partially darkened rooms, presumably to create an atmosphere, detracted from the ability to actually see and read some of the information displays.
    Impressive amount of original material covering the uprising.
    Written November 25, 2022
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  • Maja
    Legnica, Poland37 contributions
    Not only is the place beautiful, it also has a rich history. The guide I had the possibility to visit with talked us through all the royal gossip and fun facts, so my walk was taken to a whole other level :)
    Written October 30, 2022
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  • Ravana G
    Warsaw, Poland7 contributions
    There are 2 original paintings by Rembrandt in the entrance of palace💯

    According to the guides, the Cronos- Atlas clock🌏stopped at the hour of the first bombing of the Royal Castle by the Nazis in September 1939 (11:15)
    Written November 26, 2022
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  • Mahmoud Farag
    Cairo, Egypt31 contributions
    i went there 3 years ago and it was a very good trip to the museum I really enjoyed the showcases there and the whole design for the museum
    Written October 17, 2022
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  • Vegard H
    Oslo, Norway103 contributions
    Loved this museum. It's not so big, and it wasn't so crowded, so I had a great time here. It's so cool with all the neon signs, and it gives great pictures for your instagram stories. Im glad I went here.
    Written November 12, 2022
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  • Jim H
    London, UK24 contributions
    Very interesting museum, you are able to see cells as they were. There are also screens displaying information that you click through which allowed you to take the information in more easily. There is music and sound effects being played which makes the experience much more atmospheric and eerie. The museum is very small but cheap and definitely worth a visit to find out more about this very sad part of Warsaws history.
    Written August 19, 2022
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  • nataliem7
    London, UK65 contributions
    Very interesting modern museum on the Katyn massacre of ~22,000 people. The museum covers the Soviet massacre of primarily Polish military and police officers that was denied by the Soviets until 1990. Contains a vast array of the victim's possessions found during the excavations. Well worth a visit. If you do not speak Polish, you definitely need the audio guide as unfortunately almost nothing in the displays and multimedia is in English. The audio guide provides a broad description of the massacre, but does not delve in too much on the display items.
    Written September 15, 2019
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  • 2morrows
    Port Coquitlam, Canada431 contributions
    This museum gives an excellent insight into the history of Warsaw. It is located on the old town square in a 4 story previous townhouse building. The head sets are easy to use as they allow you to view the displays at your leisure as they change settings automatically as you move from room to room with no need to push buttons. There is also a great view of the area from the top floor which is not to be missed.
    Written October 2, 2019
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  • Danno_99
    Europe1,893 contributions
    The museum is focuses on records documenting Jewish life under the Nazis in Warsaw. Much of the museum deals with who collected the records, how they were collected and stored. There are many personal stories about Jews who lived there - some as recorded texts, many others as letters and postcards that were sent during the holocaust. There are several short films as well.
    Worth visiting, but bear in mind the focus is narrow.
    Written September 9, 2021
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  • la_simpson
    High Wycombe, UK49 contributions
    A must do to get a greater understanding of this fascinating neighbourhood. Great value as if you visit the museum of Warsaw in the old town entrance to this museum is included if visited within 7 days (20 zlty). The staff were very passionate, welcoming and friendly which only added to the experience and were keen for me to see everything. Don't miss the panoramic view of Praga at the end. To learn more about the residents and the area during WWII and communism was very interesting.
    Written September 19, 2020
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  • janetmcplanit
    Cedar City, Utah, United States143 contributions
    We learned a lot from going to this museum. The Polish Church was persecuted not only during WWII, but after the war as well. The communist authorities wanted to neutralize the Catholic Church. When Cardinal Karol Wojtyla became Pope Paul II, the Poles were emboldened to fight for their faith. This is the story of Fr. Popieluszko. He helped the families arrested under martial law and spoke on their behalf. On Oct. 19, 1984, he was murdered while en route from attending a prayer meeting in Bydgoszczto to his home. His funeral on Nov. 3, 1984 was attended by a very large crowd
    Written July 18, 2019
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  • Mathias S
    333 contributions
    The building of the museum is the old arsenal, built on order of king Władysław IV Waza in 17th century. It was a place of one of the actions starting the November Uprising in 1830, as well as the place of a partisant action during ww2. Apart from it, the building is rather dull.
    Written April 15, 2019
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  • escottf
    Warsaw, Poland71 contributions
    I must admit, I thought this museum (Muzeum Niepodległości) would have something to do with post-1989 Poland but it is actually about post-partition Poland - where it finally became independent between WWI and WWII.

    My visit wasn't ideal to say the least, as I walked in at opening time into some kind of "event" for the local province where I wondered whether I was supposed to be there or not. This wasn't easily clarified by anyone on hand so I looked at a few photos and headed upstairs wondering if I would be hauled back at any moment because it wasn't obvious whether upstairs was an option or not.

    Once upstairs, there was an extensive collection of information on the independence of Poland after WWI (Poland, like in WWII, had been carved up for over a hundred years between the Russians, the Prussians and the Austrians). There wasn't quite as much English language information as I would have liked but the actual collection was very fresh and worth seeing. There seemed an almost ridiculous number of photos and busts of Polish hero Józef Piłsudski too - although possibly this was justified.

    During my visit upstairs, the helpful but Polish-only speaking ladies asked for my ticket (the front desk wasn't so helpful) - which they ended up giving me a free one.

    Back downstairs, there was also an exhibition of a Polish artist's work - colourful and enjoyable but I have a suspicion that it wasn't to do with the independence of Poland.

    The building is a pretty building (a former palace - Przebendowski Palace), easily accessible from the tram/metro/bus stop at Ratusz Arsenal and a relatively short walk from the Old Town. It would benefit from more English and better signage indicating if you need tickets, and where things are so could be improved to the benefit of tourists (and probably Poles too). The website needs work too.
    Written June 17, 2014
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