This is exactly the kind of overlooked museum that houses gems tourists will consider themselves lucky to stumble upon. In 1986 Janina and Zbigniew Porczyński gifted the country with 400 paintings and sculptures acquired through years of dabbling in Western European art. The Porczyńskis themselves are an interesting duo – she was sent to Sibera in 1940, then matriculated to Rhodesia and England where she obtained several degrees while he was part of the Home Army and sent to Pawiak Prison, Auschwitz and Buchenwald before going to England and getting a PhD. Their collection is now housed in the historical Bank of Poland building and includes a unicorn sculpture by Salvador Dali, a painting of Renoir’s son Pierre, an idyllic farm scene by Van Gogh, the head of John the Baptist by Rodin…the mind boggles at the list of noted artists housed here. The Bank’s soaring rotunda is home to over 80 self-portraits, and the first floor houses works of a more religious nature. One of the most stunning is Wojciech Gerson’s Baptism of Lithuania, a massive painting that represents Lithuania’s baptism into Christianity. A lack of surly museum maids and a well-marked route make the JPII museum even more enjoyable. Closed until further notice.
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Open 09:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon.
Admission 15/10zł, group ticket 5zł.