National Museum in Warsaw
The museum houses a magnificent collection of over 830,000 exhibits from all periods, from antiquity to the present. Masterpieces of Polish and world art are presented in themed galleries.
In the Faras Gallery you can see the largest collection of Nubian artefacts in Europe from the eighth to the fourteenth centuries, including a unique collection of wall paintings. They come from the flooded Christian cathedral at Faras in Sudan and depict divinities, dignitaries and saints.
Authentic 15th-century altars from various regions of Poland, Gothic sculptures and paintings for private prayer houses can be seen in the Gallery of Medieval Art. If you want to understand the role of art in the past, this is the place for you.
In the Gallery of Old Art, you will be transported to an era when painting and sculpture functioned on a par with crafts. Next to paintings and sculptures, you will see beautifully decorated furniture, fabrics and dishes, and even the coat and coronation insignia of the King Augustus III.
The Art Galleries of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries will take you through the next centuries. In the first of them you will delight at the most outstanding works of Polish artists shown in the context of European works.
One of the highlights is Jan Matejko’s Battle of Grunwald. It is the largest Polish painting, and its canvas covers nearly 40 m2 (4.26 x 9.87m).
In the 20th and 21st century galleries, apart from modern paintings and sculptures, you will see cinematic works of the Polish avant-garde, photographs, works from the independent culture of the 1980s as well as video and performance from the last forty years.
The Polish Design Gallery exhibits furniture, textiles and household appliances, including models of TV and radio sets that were once popular.
Do not miss the interesting temporary exhibitions that are organised regularly in the museum.
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