National Museum

Top choice in Warsaw

Drawing on a collection of some 830,000 works of art, both local and international, this is Poland's largest museum. It will come as a revelation for anyone unfamiliar with Polish creativity through the ages. The diverse exhibits include medieval Coptic Christian paintings rescued by Polish archaeologists from Sudan, gems of Polish design, and superb art from the 19th to 21st centuries.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Warsaw attractions

1. Polish Army Museum

0.06 MILES

Tracing the history of the Polish armed forces since the 10th century, this museum is one for military enthusiasts. There's not a whole lot of English…

2. Palm

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If this stout palm tree growing out of the centre of the De Gaulle roundabout seems like a horticultural anomaly, you'd be correct: it's an artwork with a…

3. Kora Mural

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Bruno Althamer painted this walled mural of the rock star Kora, who died of ovarian cancer in 2018. The image's clever integration with a nearby tree will…

5. St Alexander's Church

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Destroyed during WWII, this church was rebuilt to its original early-19th-century design inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Inside, look to the left of the…

6. Fryderyk Chopin Museum

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This multimedia museum within the baroque Ostrogski Palace showcases the work of Poland’s most famous composer. You’re encouraged to take your time…

7. Chopin Mural

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Designed by Marcin Urbanek, this mural is dedicated to Warsaw's favourite musical son and was painted in 2010 to mark the bicentenary of the composer's…

8. Sejm of the Republic of Poland

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Apply online or by phone at least a week in advance to arrange a tour around Poland's national parliament, the Sejm. You will need to bring some form of…