Historical Museum of Poznań

Historical Museum of Poznań information

Poznań , Poland
Address
Street Stary Rynek 1
More information
www.mnp.art.pl
Prices
adult/concession 7/5zł, Sat free
Opening hours
9am-3pm Tue-Thu, noon-9pm Fri, 11am-6pm Sat & Sun
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Lonely Planet review

This museum inside the town hall displays an interesting and well-presented exhibition on the town’s history, and the building’s original interiors are worth the entry price on their own.

The Gothic vaulted cellars are the only remains of the first town hall. They were initially used for trade but later became a jail.

The 1st floor is home to three splendid rooms. The largest, the richly ornamented Renaissance Hall , is a real gem, with its original stuccowork and paintings from 1555. The 2nd floor contains artefacts from the Prussian/German period, documents illustrating city life in the 1920s and ‘30s, and a collection of interesting memorabilia from the past two centuries.

In front of the building, near the main entrance, is the whipping post (pręgierz ), once the site of public floggings – and of more serious penalties. The original miniature model executioner which accompanied the post, dating from 1535, is on display in the museum.