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Warsaw History Museum
Ranked #153 of 438 things to do in Warsaw
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Owner description: Occupying almost an entire side of Old Town, this history museum covers every aspect of Warsaw's life and culture from its beginnings as an important trade center in the mid-fourteenth century to present day.
Reviewed March 31, 2010

I also found this museum slightly disappointing. The layout is very confusing and it is difficult to find which way to go. I thought the film would have been about a brief history of Warsaw and not just the Uprising.

1  Thank Amanda W
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Reviewed August 4, 2005

I visited the Historical Museum of Warsaw in July and have to admit to being somewhat disappointed. In my opinion it does not compare well with similar museums in other cities. However, I do now wish that I had read the previous review here as I would have been better prepared especially with regards to the film and also several exhibits which I clearly missed.

I did not find that the "direction to follow" was well signed and many of the areas did not have English translations which posed a real problem.

Similar to the previous reviewer I also found the ladies working in the museum to be quite off-putting. I was made to feel very uncomfortable by their constant "checking up" and constant mutterings.

For me, this was not time well spent and not a place I would visit again. That said, potential visitors who follow the advice of the previous reviewer may have a better experience.

3  Thank Aztec_Blue
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Reviewed May 1, 2005

The History Museum (Muzeum Historczne Warszawy) is in the heart of the old town in the large old market square. The Museum is dusty and old fashioned. However, an exploration through the 60 rooms of the museum over four floors with their wooden and plaster ceilings is well worthwhile. You can also get some great views out of the window across the square outside.

A not so nice throwback to communist era service exists via the dour old women who mind the exhibits. They followed us around about two paces behind, glaring and muttering as we had rudely interrupted their reading.

The most interesting part of the museum for me covered the German occupation of the city, although there are enough dusty pictures of long dead important Poles if that's your thing. The museum also has mocked up rooms from various ages including a printers and a rich families dining room. These exhibits although interesting enough might have come from any European city.

The must see part of the museum must be at 12:00 noon with the showing of an English Language film, outlining how little of Warsaw remained at the end of the war. The film is in grainy black and white, and although frustratingly you do not get a full picture of the destruction, you certainly get a perspective on how tough life must have been during the war. You also get some shots of the men and women rebuilding the city immediately after the war.

In addition to the film, the most moving part of the museum was on the top floor showing the photos and stories of the wartime resistance leaders – many of these young lads died in their early 20’s during the war, whereas they should be old men today. Some of the worst photographs showed the public executions of the Poles in the streets.

The museum also boasts the only collection of conductor’s batons in Poland! I was interested in passing to see the variation and delicacy of some of the batons on display.

The museum doesn’t have a restaurant or shop, but there are plenty of places for eats around the market square.

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