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“Traditional art museum”

National Museum in Warsaw
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Ranked #34 of 330 things to do in Warsaw
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The National Museum in Warsaw houses a world class collection of art and artifacts stretching from antiquity all the way up to the modern day. Visitors will find ancient relics from the Nubian region, which hold a unique permanent home of display unseen anywhere else in Europe, the most important and groundbreaking works from Polish artists of the 19th Century, and a groundbreaking and historically crucial display of artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. The National Museum in Warsaw is a must-see on any trip to the city.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
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“Traditional art museum”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Must see: "Bitwa pod Grunwaldem" by Jan Matejko, plus other important Polish painters (Wyspianski, Chelmonski, ...). English descriptions are scarce, so beware.

Visited September 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“GOOD gallery/museum, BAD staff”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

The museum/gallery itself is very good, we spent a good couple of hours marvelling at the hundreds of works of fine art that the Muzeum Narodowe houses. In this sense, the museum is more of an art gallery than anything else, yet we feel as though we may have missed out on the more 'museum' aspect (explanation below).

What spoilt our visit a little, though, was poor staff. Firstly, myself and my partner stated that we wanted to buy ONE ticket each (we were trying to obtain the correct change for an upcoming purchase), but we were informed that we couldn't pay separately (umm, why not?!?!), and that one of us (me), had to pay the fee for us both, in one transaction.

So, that left kind of a bad taste in our mouth, but we went on to enjoy the exhibits anyway. Halfway through the Lady Gaga thing (I'm not 100% sure what this actually was, or what it had to do with Gaga herself), we were rudely hustled out of this exhibition, as there was a TV film crew present. So, that part was cut short.

We went on to look at further paintings - which as I said, were really good - and then tried to find the rest of the museum by going back down to the ground floor. We got a little lost, and considering how rude the staff had been to us, decided not to ask for directions, and just left!

A great collection of paintings - and possibly(?) a good museum section (who knows?) - ruined by awful staff.

Visited September 2012
Thank J K
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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“A museum with extremely beautiful pieces of art”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

I visited both exhibitions: permanent and temporary (from pharaohs to Lady Gagi) and I was impressed by the pictures, the colors and cleanest of the walls, the amiability of the employees and the structure that holds these exhibition.
the building is it itself a piece of art being very big and symmetric. Large entrance .

Minus: the employes don't speak English.

Price:both exhibition 20 PLN (zloti) /15 student discount - id needed.

Visited September 2012
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Fresno, California
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“Worth a Visit!”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

This is a rather small museum with 3 floors of Fine Art. My favorites were, the Virgin from Wroclaw sculpture; the
St. Anne Fresco; & Botticelli's Virgin & Child.

Visited July 2012
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Ennis, Ireland
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“we got in on a free day :)”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

some nice painting alot of very old art not really my taste but interesting to see all the same. a few statues too, some newer paintings too. nothing that blew my socks off may just my taste. think a Tuesday is free and def worth taking a look then if you have some spare time. Polish army museum next door i would visit before this (i'm not a big fan of war things either). we looked around here for an hour or so.

Visited July 2012
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