Ethnographic Museum (Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne)

Tragically overlooked by far too many visitors to Warsaw (who can’t see past World War II and communism) this is a joy of a museum that showcases and highlights all that’s best about Poland’s cultural heritage. There are costumes, handicrafts, furniture, Polish inventions, art, photographs; most of it is beautifully presented in what is a superb building. The museum is one of the city’s most active, putting on all sorts of temporary exhibitions plus they organise hands-on events and workshops. Directors of Warsaw’s other museums might want to come and take notes. Just brilliant, and unquestionably essential. A major renovation was completed not so long ago and the current permanent exhibits "Ordinary Extraordinary", "Time to Celebrate Polish and European Folk Culture", "The Order of Things" plus the latest permanent exhibition "The Pauper's Bible: Art of the Poor and Downtrodden" can all be explored.


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Open 10:00 - 17:00, Wed 11:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon.

Last entrance 30 minutes before closing.

Price/Additional Info

Prices for the temporary exhibition are 20/10zł, group ticket 15zł. Permanent collection admission is 12/6zł, students up to 16 years of age 1zł, Thu free.

Events at this venue

Mar 2 2017 - Apr 30 2017Treasures From Old Chests Dec 21 2016 - Jul 15 2017Patriots of Everyday Life Oct 6 2016 - Sep 8 2017The Magic and Art of Bali


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I took my father to this museum on a rainy afternoon and we had a great time. For anyone whose ancestors emigrated from Poland in the 19th or early 20th century this museum will give you an idea of the life they and their ancestors led in Poland. Wonderful photograph collection and yes surprisingly good exhibits of African and Australian art that you'd never expect. Definitely worth a visit and despite viewing the exhibits for a couple of hours the visit didn't tire us out.
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