Military Museums in Warsaw

Military Museums in Warsaw, Poland

Military Museums in Warsaw

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  • Bianka F
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    One of the best museums in Poland, would recommend to anyone. Huge insight into the history of the country. 10/10 for sure
    Written December 30, 2023
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  • Julia Sztuczkowska
    Warsaw, Poland106 contributions
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    I saw the history as weak compared to the cities of other countries. kiev and warsaw are really weak in history and you see mostly soviet history.
    Finally, we saw a palace here too.
    Its architectural structure was beautifully designed as a palace. Garden landscaping is also good. But it's like a small palace.
    It reflects both the Russian Tsarist period and the Soviet period.
    When Poonya started to recover after World War II, it was able to give some maintenance to its remaining historical values.
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • Hong Z
    Boston, MA88 contributions
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    I have found this museum is particularly helpful for understanding the strong Polish detestation of Russian imperialists. I even found a clue about why Stalin ruthlessly executed over 20,000 Polish officers during WWII. It is a highly educational museum.
    Written October 31, 2023
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  • rtdood
    Manchester, UK225 contributions
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    Really good museum. Lots of armoured vehicles such as tanks, self-propelled guns, support vehicles and even military aircraft all lined up tightly together across the grounds of an old 19th century fortress. If you like your 20th century military history, you will be in your element here. In fact, it feels a little like a armoured storage depot.

    Many of the former are from the Second World War and Cold War eras, the latter being particularly evident for the planes. These can all be seen outside (a few are covered by tarpaulins), so I recommend if visiting in the cooler months to bring a jacket. Off to the side along the roadway one can see various defensive weapons such as fortification guns, heavy artillery guns, anti-tank guns and so fourth. There are even cut out sections from captured German Armour which help examine the thickness of armour and interior layout.

    On arrival, you met with the main gate and a ticket machine. You can purchase the ticket for admission here and then are left to browse round at your leisure. Less mentioned on several reviews however is that there is an indoor section to this museum.

    This is housed within the fortress. Inside are various vehicles and objects relating to the early development of the Polish army and its actions following the First World War and during the Second World War. It is small by comparison to the overall site, but is heated, and well worth looking round as some objects inside are really quite rare. Information text inside are provided in Polish and English, but do not expect the same outside. Some of the vehicles lined up in the compound have either no information about them, and those that do have it in Polish.

    A small part of the site is gated off. Apparently this is for military reasons, another being that active vehicle workshops are in use.

    I spent about 2-3 hours here, and was well worth the admission price to get in! If you like your 20th century military history, or engineering, you are bound to love it here.
    Written December 21, 2023
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  • Roberts69
    Northampton, UK18,335 contributions
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    The cathedral is located opposite the Warsaw Uprising Monument on the edge of the Old Town. It was completely destroyed in 1944 and so between 1946 and 1960 the church was restored to its former glory. The front façade is marked by a large tympanum pointed by a sculpture depicting the Holy Mary and sided by two low towers. On both sides of the main entrance there are a number of stone tablets commemorating notable Polish military units of the past, as well as an anchor and a propeller symbolizing two branches of the Polish armed forces. The church's lobby is marked by a number of symbolic paintings depicting some of the most prominent Polish battles and Uprisings. Additional battles are depicted on a bronze gate.

    The main altar contains a sculpture of the patron saint of the church, Our Lady Queen of the Polish Crown. Beneath the sculpture there is a steel grating with hundreds of military decorations and votive plaques donated by the soldiers. To the left there is a small Chapel of the Polish Soldier - a Mausoleum of the Defenders of the Motherland. Among the battles featured on stone slabs there are the battle of Cedynia, battle of Grunwald, battle of Vienna, battle of Westerplatte, defence of Warsaw, Warsaw Uprising and the battle of Berlin, as well as other battles of World War II. A chapel to the right of the altar is devoted to the victims of the Katyn massacre. Approximately 15,000 small tablets mark the names of the Polish officers mass murdered by the NKVD in 1940, while an additional 7,000 wait for the names of those, whose bodies are yet to be found.

    A good Church for those with an interest in Military History.
    Written November 2, 2022
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  • Rachel A
    11 contributions
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    This was a very interesting museum, which provided a lot of information on a topic that we didn't previously know very much about. As we visited on a Monday, the musuem was free which was even better. There are a lot of different displays to read focusing of different aspects of the uprising, all translated to English.
    My favourite part was the section dedicated to heroines of the uprising and the different parts that women played.
    The layout of the museum is quite confusing, with the top floor actually being the second exhibition you are meant to see.
    Shop was on a break when we visited but I will be ordering a book with more information.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • Daisyljm
    Colchester, UK14 contributions
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    Really enjoyed myself! I'm a non Polish speaker with a bit of an interest in Russian and Polish history, so it was incredibly interesting to see the multiple phases of the Citadel's usage.
    Definitely recommend a visit if you're interested in military, Russian, Polish history. The size of the fortress itself made the visit worth it for me. You can't walk the whole way around inside, as its owned by the Polish military, but you're able to do so from the outside.

    As a non Polish speaker, I didn't find it hard to understand what was happening. There ARE English translations (not sure why some reviews are saying that nothing is in English). If there was a sign in Polish, the staff didn't mind me using translate to figure it out. Speaking of the staff, they're super nice! Again, I don't speak Polish and they don't speak Englush but they're incredibly eager to help.

    The price for entry was low - only 10zl!

    I live in Warsaw, so I'm rather used to finding hidden entrances for buildings and museums! Those saying that the entrance is difficult to find may not be used to this process - simply follow the directions to the museum on Google maps by walking alongside the river, go under the underpass, walk up the steps of the side of the citadel, go to the middle of the main memorial and take the right gate. There are signs directing you from this main memorial.
    Once you walk up the Execution path, go inside the main complex and open the door that says 'Museum of the Citadel' - it almost looks as though its not the correct entrance but it most definitely is! It looked closed when I approached, but the door is open.

    Once inside, I was offered a place to put my bag and coat and was greeted with smiles. :)
    Written March 13, 2021
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