The History of Gdansk museum calls the impressive Main Town Hall or Ratusz Głównego Miasta home, a Gothic-Renaissance structure originally built in the 14th century and painstakingly repaired following World War II. Access the building by the gate to the left of the main staircase which leads you to the ticket office on your left and then into the interior courtyard. The first rooms you come across are the ornate Great Council Hall and Red Hall, the latter of which features an impressively-sized fireplace and lavish ceilings paintings, including The Glorification of the Unity of Gdansk. Subsequent rooms feature vintage 16th and 17th furniture and a sampling of the museum’s 600 silver pieces, which highlight Gdansk’s silversmithing era. The top floor of the museum features a exhibition showcasing what life was like in everyday Gdansk right before the war – visitors get a glimpse into the homes and businesses of residents and see a period in time that was about to come to an abrupt end. From here you can begin the climb to the top of the tow hall's tower which gives you a great view of the city and the nearby St. Mary's Basilica.