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The Polish capital is famous for its historical museums and is the main centre of the contemporary Polish artistic scene. We have compiled a list of top museums and art galleries for art enthusiasts, history lovers, and visitors. The annual Warsaw Gallery Weekend is one of the best events here.

Royal Castle

The Castle is an artistic destination on its own. From the entrance, Castle Square spreads openly with Sigismund's Column a few steps away. It serves as a backdrop to the historical theme of the Old Town. The Castle also serves as the official residence of the Polish monarchs. Each of the rooms is refurbished to its grandest style based on original designs. Some crucial rooms are The Jagiellonian Rooms, The Houses of Parliament, The Royal Apartments and Lanckoroński Collection, which holds exhibitions featuring paintings by Rembrandt.

Address: plac Zamkowy 4, 00-277 Warszawa, Poland

Wilanów Palace Museum

The Wilanow Museum offers wall to wall paintings, with a gallery of decorative arts and coffin paintings, plus so much more. With no more than 60 rooms, the palace interiors vary from 17th to 19th-century stylings, including Greek, Etruscan and Baroque influences. The Museum houses Numerous royal memorabilia and portraits of monarchs.

Address: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16, 02-958 Warszawa, Poland

National Museum in Warsaw (NMW)

The National Museum of Warsaw holds about 780,000 art collections displayed in a permanent gallery. These include Polish and Foreign paintings; Ancient, Medieval, Oriental Arts; Polish and European Decorative Art; European Goldsmithing, and much more. There are also occasional exhibitions held here.

Address: Aleje Jerozolimskie 3, 00-495 Warszawa, Poland

Polish Army Museum ( visit site )

This army museum documents military artefacts dating back from the 10th Century to WWII. Collections include armoured vehicles, artillery pieces, helmets, soldier's armours, and stacks of Polish military equipment. The Museum, located in Warsaw, features permanent exhibitions of the Polish Army summarising each era from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, 15th Century, Saxon Era, wars, and Uprisings, reaching the most recent military activities like the UN Peace Mission of the Polish Army.

Address: Aleje Jerozolimskie 3, 00-495 Warszawa, Poland

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Museum ( visit site )

Marie Skłodowska–Curie is known for creating the theory of radioactivity. Being the first female to be granted the Nobel Prize, a museum in Warsaw is dedicated to Marie Skłodowska-Curie and her family. Photos, stamps, medals, and books penned in different languages are available at the souvenir shop.

Address: Freta 16, 00-227 Warszawa, Poland

John Paul II Collection

The Museum of John Paul II Collection started when Carroll-Porczynski's family donated over 400 paintings and sculptures. There are six main themes: Impressionism, Mythology and Allegory, Still-Life and Landscapes, Portraits and Self-Portraits, Mother and Child, and The Bible and Saints. The gallery exhibits works of famous artists like Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

Address: plac Bankowy 1, 00-139 Warszawa, Poland

Museum of Caricature E. Lipiński

Museum of Caricature E. Lipiński (The Museum of Cartoon Art and Caricature) is a fascinating museum in Warsaw, one of the first of this type in the world. The master caricature Eryk Lipiński hatched the idea in the early 1960s; the Museum finally found its home no later than 1978. The gallery exhibits Caricatures and satirical drawings. It has a hanging joker silhouette outside the museum door.

Address: Kozia 11, 00-070 Warszawa, Poland

List of Famous Art Galleries in Poland

Galeria Grafiki i Plakatu / Graphic Art and Poster Gallery
Address: Rd. Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16, 02-958 Warsaw, Poland

Address: Rd. Wilcza 29A / 12 (5th floor), 00-544 Warsaw, Poland

Galeria aTak
Address: Rd. Krakowskie Przedmieście 16/18, 00-325, Warsaw, Poland

Galeria Foksal
Address: Rd. Foksal 1/4, 00-950, Warsaw, Poland

Address: Rd. Puławska 113a, 02-707, Warsaw, Poland