Polish Arms Museum

Gdańsk & Pomerania

This large museum isn’t as dull as you might expect and is well worth a look if you’ve time on your hands. The displays cover the history of weaponry across the ages, with examples of swords, armour, halberds and more modern military technology. The huge display of cannonballs are calling cards left by Kołobrzeg’s many invaders, and the 1945 destruction is impressively brought to life using war debris arranged against a panorama.

However, the highlight here (visible from outside without paying) is the daunting al fresco display of 20th-century weaponry including a jet fighter, a helicopter, tanks and rocket launchers. If the Russians ever do show up, Kołobrzeg at least is ready.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Gdańsk & Pomerania attractions

1. Cathedral

0.14 MILES

The 14th-century cathedral is the most important historic sight in town. Though badly damaged in 1945, it has been rebuilt close to its original form. For…

2. Town Hall

0.16 MILES

The Town Hall, just east of the cathedral, is a neo-Gothic structure designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and erected by Ernst Friedrich Zwirner (who also…

3. History Museum


Housed in an Empire-style merchant’s house called the Braunschweig Palace, the sister institution to the Polish Arms Museum has a neatly presented…

4. Lontowa Tower

0.25 MILES

Sometimes erroneously known as the 'powder tower', this tower is a 15th-century survivor from the original city walls. It's currently for sale if you're…

5. Amber Museum

0.46 MILES

Kołobrzeg's Amber Museum displays several kilos of prehistoric tree sap in a gleaming white, 21st-century space. It's not a patch on the Malbork or Gdańsk…

6. Lighthouse

1.18 MILES

To the west of the beach stands the lighthouse, which you can climb for panoramic views. There's a small mineral museum in the base.