Historical Museum, Warsaw
Looking at the building of this museum from the outside, you may think it's small and not worth a look. But don't let appearances mislead you: the museum occupies eight houses facing the Old Town Market Square and 3 more in the Old Town. Their permanent exhibition 'The Seven Centuries of Warsaw' is housed in 52 rooms, presenting the history of Warsaw from the earliest times (around 1300) to 1990, the beginning of the new Polish democracy. The exhibits range from postcards, architectural sketches, archeological objects to reconstructed interiors and works of art. A real mine of information! The door leading to the Museum with its portal, so beautiful in its simplicity, is unique in that it is original. This side of the Old Town Market Square was the least damaged part of the Old Town during the war. Notice the beautifully decorated 'House under the Black Boy' just three doors away.
If you would like to see Warsaw before WWII and pictures of its destruction 1939 - 45, visit the Museum's cinema to see the film 'Warsaw will remember'. Available in English and other languages by prior arrangement.
Admission: 6 zl, concessions - 3 zl
On Sundays admission free.
The Museum occupies eleven houses in the Old Town, eight facing the Old Town Square and three on Nowomiejska Street. I got the chance to see the houses located by the Old Town Squere.The exhibition is really big and it tells you a lot about hirtory of the city starting from middle ages to modern times.
It's very good if you start sightseeing Warsaw with visiting the Museum. Having seen the exhibition you will be able to undrestand why today's Warsaw looks as it does and you will find out how it looked 400 and 60 years ago.
For just 5 zl this museum is worth visiting for the artifacts and photos alone. It's located on the northern side of Old Town Square, so you'll definitely be nearby at some point. Unfortunately, there are no English translations, but you can get a sense of what you're looking at if you pay close attention to the photos and displays. It's also worth the inexpensive admission just to explore the building itself. The museum route winds up creaking stairs and through the surprisingly large interior of one of the Old Town's grand old houses.
This museum is a great little trip back into the life and culture of Poland and particularily Warsaw. There is a great movie that depicts in detail the destruction of Warsaw during the war and its really unbelievable to see. The museum also contains clothing, housing and other artifacts throughout the times. Of course there is a good dael of artifacts from the war.
Dating back to 1936, the 4 story tall Warsaw Historical Museum (Muzeum Historyczne Warszawy) contains 60 rooms which host a permanent exhibition of the history of Warsaw from its origins until today. Old, stylish interiors furnished as in the past bring a picture of bygone Warsaw nearer to the visitor. A good place to visualize (you can even see a film) the splendor of the city before it was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in 1944.