Extraordinary Stories Of Ordinary Things
Warsaw is a truly unique city. And so is the Museum of Warsaw. Their stories are strikingly similar – razed to the ground during WW2 and rebuilt from the rubble.
The Museum of Warsaw collects the things of Warsaw, researches them and makes them available to the public. The new core exhibition refers to the histories of particular objects in order to tell about historical events and people who had made an impact on the shape and character of contemporary Warsaw.
You can get acquainted with the stories of the things of Warsaw not only in the new core exhibition at Old Town Market Square, but also at each of the nine locations of the Museum of Warsaw which create their programmes independently. They offer not merely permanent exhibitions, but also a whole gamut of various events: workshops, meetings, lectures, tours, family activities, concerts and more.
Our collection comprises over 300 000 items and we have chosen to put exactly 7352 of them on display in the core exhibition. These are all original objects: daily use and special occasion items, artworks and utility items, keepsakes of people and events. We present them in 21 themed rooms.
As you walk through the rooms, we recommend you look for our highlighted objects and for their more precise descriptions shown on grey boards. Getting acquainted with various biographies of particular objects is key to understanding Warsaw’s complex history. They are compiled in “The Things of Warsaw”, a limited-edition volume available at the Museum bookstore.
We do not tell one story, as textbooks often do. Instead, we offer you the stories of things and their creators, owners or users.
To whom does Warsaw owe its development? Who are its inhabitants? How did they use to live? How do they live today? Where is the city centre, and where are the city limits? Warsaw data is a compendium of knowledge that will help you grasp Warsaw’s character.
We paid special attention to the visual aspect – charts, maps and iconography were designed to make finding one’s way within the vast collection easier. This part of the exhibition involves both reading and looking at.
Warsaw Data verifies stereotypes and popular opinions on the city, its inhabitants and space. It points to the events and phenomena that have made Warsaw what it is today.
The history of the changes to the structure of the Dekert’s Side and the architectural elements of specific houses provide a perspective from which to explore the events and figures related to this place. They are presented in the section of the exhibition devoted to them and in the notes distributed throughout the Museum houses, which you can discover during your visit.
Museum of Warsaw
Rynek Starego Miasta 28-42
The main entrance is located at the tenement house no 42.
Contact: +48 22 277 44 02
We care about your comfort as well as natural environment – thus, we advise you to use public transport.
All the timetables are available at www.ztm.waw.pl and Google Maps.
Find out about the Warsaw Public Bike rental system www.veturilo.waw.pl/en
On Mondays the museum is closed for visitors.
*On 18 May (Night of the Museums) the main seat will be opened 19.00–1.00, except the bookstore and the temporary exhibition „The ORNO Cooperative. Jewellery”, which will be opened 10.00–19.00.
Lapidarium Café is opened 10.00–20.00.
regular ticket: 20 PLN
discount ticket: 15 PLN
Group tickets (more than five people):
regular ticket: 18 PLN
discount ticket: 12 PLN
Tickets for temporary exhibitions:
regular ticket: 10 PLN
discount ticket: 7 PLN
On Thursdays the entrance is free of charge.
The ticket includes an audio guide, which you can borrow at the ticket desk.
Information for motion-impaired visitors
The entrance at 8 Nowomiejska Street is accessible for people using wheelchairs.
For people using wheelchairs the floors -1, 0, +1 and +2 are available for a visit.
Accessible toilets are marked and available at the -1 and +1 floors.
The staff can also offer wheelchair in a suitable size.
Information for visually-impaired visitors
At the ticket desk you can borrow free typhlographic plans of the museum. Each floor is presented on a separate plate with a description in an enlarged font and Braille alphabet.
At the ticket desk you can also borrow free audio guides with audio descriptions of selected things.
In themed rooms of the exhibition you can find publications available in an enlarged font and Braille alphabet with typhlographics of chosen things. They contain general information about every room and texts about chosen things. These publications are also available at the reading room.
The reading room of the museum offers a dedicated reader for visually-impaired visitors.
We invite you to visit the museum with your assistance dog or a guide dog.
In some places of the exhibitions you can find educational boxes. They contain items referring to our exhibition which are used during educational workshops for visually-impaired people.
Information for audibly-impaired visitors
At the ticket desk you can find dedicated tablets – the application provides a themed tour with videos (in Polish Sign Language only) about every room.
Information for intellectually-impaired visitors and visitors with autism spectrum disorder
We prepared two brochures in a font which is easy to read. The first one – The Things of Warsaw and Their Museum. A Short Guide. The Main Exhibition – describes the main seat of the Museum of Warsaw. The second one – The Museum of Warsaw x10. Find Us – presents information about all the branches of the Museum.
For visitors with autism spectrum disorder we prepared a before-the-visit guide. You can find it and download from the museum’s website.
Parking spaces for disabled people:
1 Zapiecek Street (one space)
8 Kanonia Street (two spaces)
3 Podwale Street (three spaces)
11 Podwale Street (three spaces)
You can visit the museum with a small accompanying dog.
Our bookstore features excellent gift ideas – museum publications, albums, yearbooks, exhibition and collection catalogues, reproductions of drawings, maps and plans of Warsaw, educational books for the little ones, as well as Varsaviana souvenirs.
Café serves carefully brewed tea and coffee, as well as delicious breakfasts, lunches and desserts. We also offer alcoholic beverages – elegant drinks, Warsaw specialties and craft beers.
Screenings of the film “Warsaw Will Not Forget” are organised on demand during museum’s opening hours. “The River of Treasures” is screened from Tuesday to Thursday at 17.00. On Saturdays and Sundays we invite you to screenings of artistic films dedicated to Warsaw and architecture.
The library collection may be used exclusively on site. You can find here mostly Polish and foreign publications dedicated to Warsaw, i.e. albums, city guides, Varsaviana periodicals, as well as books about Warsaw for children and youth.
Old Town Cellars
The Cultural Trail of the Old Town presents cellars from the late Middle Ages.
Take a break at the Museum of Warsaw courtyard and play one of the world’s oldest board games, Nine Men’s Morris.
Here you can view the Old Town Market Square and the roofs of Old and New Towns. At the background, silhouette of the National Stadium is looming.