Museums in Poland

Museums & Music

The best way to understand the art & culture of Poland is to visit one of the many museums or art galleries you can find in the country. The Polish do love their museums and you’ll find an extraordinary number of them to explore. The first museum in Poland was created over 200 years ago and today, there are museums showcasing all kinds of collections with many having modern and interactive facilities.

Poland’s museums focus on a variety of subjects and come in all shapes and sizes. Some are dedicated to large collections and some focus on just one or two aspects of Polish culture & history.

Music is an important aspect of Polish art & culture as you would expect from the birthplace of Chopin. There are many superb venues to enjoy such as The Grand Theatre of Warsaw and The Polish National Opera. Polish classical music is also represented by composers like Karol Szymanowski, Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, Witold Lutoslawski, Wojciech Kilar, Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, and Krzysztof Penderecki – all of whom rank among the world’s most celebrated composers.

Summer visitors to Lazienki Palace in Warsaw should not miss out on one of the famous Chopin concerts; which take place from May to September every Sunday at 12 noon and 4pm at the Chopin monument.

Numerous art galleries

Poland’s numerous art galleries provide visitors with excellent collections of paintings, sculptures and handmade crafts such as pottery and provide a valued insight into the Art & Culture of Poland.

Traditional decorative arts can be found in gift shops all over the country such as painted eggs, Easter Palms, Zakopane style arts & crafts and ceramics.

Kraków is considered by many to be the cultural capital of Poland. Krakow has some of the best museums in the country and several famous theaters. It became the residence of two Polish Nobel laureates in literature: Wisława Szymborska and Czesław Miłosz, while a third Nobel laureate, the Yugoslav writer Ivo Andric also lived and studied there. It is also a home to one of the world’s oldest universities, the Jagiellonian University of Kraków.

Below you will find information about a few of our favourite museums in Poland.

Visit the Museum of Life under Communism and learn all about what everyday life was like during the Polish People's Republic (PRL). The unique exhibition consists of countless pictures, objects and stories and takes you back to the time under Communism rule. Visit a mock-up of a typical apartment of the PRL era. and much more….

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To get a true insight into the Art & Culture of Poland, visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lower Silesia in one day. Admire the beauty of the wooden church in Swidnica, the largest wooden church in the world and see the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe in Jawor.