National Museum, Warsaw

Visited on 26th January 2017

The National Museum in Warsaw, popularly abbreviated as MNW, is a national museum in Warsaw, one of the largest museums in Poland and the largest in the capital.

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It comprises a rich collection of ancient art (Egyptian, Greek, Roman), counting about 11,000 pieces, an extensive gallery of polish painting since the 16th century and a collection of foreign painting (Italian, French, Flemish, Dutch, German and Russian) including some paintings from Adolf Hitler’s private collection, ceded to the Museum by the American authorities in post-war Germany.

The museum is also home to numismatic collections, a gallery of applied arts and a department of oriental art, with the largest collection of Chinese art in Poland, comprising some 5,000 objects.

Address: img_3398Aleje Jerozolimskie 3, 00-495 Warszawa, Poland

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm (Closed Mondays)

Entry Fees: 15 Zloty (£3 approx)



The Museum has a free cloakroom and free audio guides are available for the information desk.

*Photography is allowed without flash

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The Museum boasts the Faras Gallery with Europe’s largest collection of Nubian Christian art and the Gallery of Medieval Art with artefacts from all regions historically associated with Poland, supplemented by selected works created in other regions of Europe.

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The Professor Kazimierz Michałowski Faras Gallery is the only permanent exhibition in Europe featuring Medieval Nubian paintings from the Nile River Valley south of the First Cataract. The collection of over 60 paintings from the 8th to 14th centuries came from the cathedral in the city of Faras, a large urban centre in the Medieval kingdom of Nobadia, in present-day Sudan. Nobadian rulers controlling the Nile Valley from the first to the third cataracts converted to Christianity around 548 AD  influenced by  missionaries sent from Constantinople by the Empress Theodora. The first cathedral was erected in the 7th century, when the city was still known as Pachoras, and likely stood at the exact site where Polish archaeologists taking part in the Nubia Campaign discovered the subsequent 8th century cathedral.

The Egyptian Collection

Unfortunately most of the collection is currently in storage, however a few items are to be found in the museum and i have a number of photos taken of some of the collection when it was insitu.

At the Entrance can be found a giant statue of Sekhmet, the Lion headed goddess.

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This dark diorite statue is on loan from the Louvre in Paris and is dated at around the time of Amenhotep III 18th dynasty, (1390 – 1351BC). Sekhmet holds an ankh in her left hand and on the side of the throne it describes her as the “Lady of Food”.

Another cabinet has several smaller items including the painted wooden head from an outer coffin (332 – 30BC) a small white marble head of a woman (2nd – 3rd Century AD) and several first century lamps, bowls and jugs.

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The Museum has several mummies and coffins: dating from the 21st and 22nd Dynasties.

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Below can be found pictures of Stela, Ostraca and other stone artefacts.

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Statues and stone heads

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