Museums in Gdansk

Museums in Gdansk

There are plenty of museums in Gdansk, so everyone will find something to see. Most of them have one day with free entrance and most of them close for one day a week, so it is best to plan your visit. Here are the most interesting ones:

Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk

This is one of the best museums in Gdansk, that you should find interesting regardless of your age.

Museums in Gdansk - Second World War Museum
Museums in Gdansk – Second World War Museum

The museum was opened in March 2017, but even before the inauguration, its main exhibition had been criticised by the right-wing Polish government. According to critics, the museum doesn’t fully present the heroic struggle of Polish soldiers during the Second World War, instead, it concentrates on the suffering of civilians. Therefore, the main exhibition is supposed to change in the near future. It’s worth going there now when you’re in Gdansk before they change the museum into propaganda.

The exhibition is divided into three parts:

The road to war – describing the time before the war and when it started

The horrors of war – showing the lives of ordinary people

The war’s long shadow – presenting the end of the war and its outcome

There is also an exhibition for children up to 12 years – Time travel – with the reconstruction of the family apartment in various periods of Second World War.

To visit the museum, you should reserve at least 3 hours.

Practical information

Address: Bartoszewskiego Square 1

How to get there: 15 minutes walk from the main train station, alternatively, take the bus from the bus stop opposite to the train station (line 130, you should get off at a bus stop Muzeum II Wojny Światowej)

Opening hours: 10.00-19.00, ticket office: 9.30-17.00, closed on Monday

Ticket price: 23PLN/16PLN

Free entrance on Tuesday (but still you need to take your free ticket). Tickets can be reserved online.

Audioguide – 5PLN

European Solidarity Centre – Solidarity Museum in Gdansk

Museums in Gdansk - European Solidarity Centre - Three Cross Square
Museums in Gdansk – European Solidarity Centre – Three Cross Square

The big, rusty building was opened in 2014. Although its name doesn’t suggest that there something to see for visitors, the museum that’s inside is one of the most important museums in Gdansk. It is devoted to the Solidarity movement, that had a great role in abolishing communism in Poland, and thus in the whole Soviet Block.

Practical information

Address: Solidarnosci Square 1

How to get there: 10 minutes walk from the main train station, alternatively, take the tram from the tram stop opposite to the train station (line 8 and 10, you should get off at a bus stop Plac Solidarności)

Opening hours:

 October – AprilMay – September
Weekdays10.00-17.0010.00-19.00
Weekends10.00-18.0010.00-20.00

Closed on Tuesday

Ticket price: 20PLN/15PLN, including audioguide

Tickets can be reserved online.

Museum of Amber in Gdansk

Museums in Gdansk - Museum of Amber
Museums in Gdansk – Museum of Amber

This museum is dedicated to Amber, with its origins, and uses. It includes some inclusions of various sizes, as well as jewellery or other works, As the museum is located in a medieval prison and torture house, some of the rooms present the medieval weapon or torture tools.

Practical information

Address: ul. Targ Węglowy 26

How to get there: It’s in the City Centre. Next to Golden Gate

Opening hours:

Tuesday: 10.00-13.00

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10.00-16.00

Thursday: 10.00-18.00

Sunday: 11.00-16.00

closed on Monday

Ticket price: 12PLN/6PLN, free entrance on Tuesday

Archeological Museum in Gdansk

Museums in Gdansk - Archeological Museum
Museums in Gdansk – Archeological Museum

This museum, like most archaeological museums, is dedicated to the (pre)history of region told by archaeologists. So we can see here lots of excavated goods, some of them taken from the sea. Part of the exhibition is devoted to excavation works conducted in Nile Valley in Sudan.

Address: Mariacka Street 25/26

How to get there: It’s in the city centre, in the most picturesque street in Gdansk. Just go along Motlawa river and pass through Mariacka Gate.

Opening hours:

 September – JuneJuly – August
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:8.00-16.009.00-17.00
Wednesday9.00-17.009.00-17.00
Weekends10:00-16.0010.00-17.00

Closed on Monday

Ticket price: 8PLN/6PLN

Free entrance: on Saturday

Tower: 5PLN

National Museum in Gdansk

This is the most prestigious museum in Gdansk. It houses a nice collection of paintings, old china, jewellery and medieval art. It is divided into six departments, two of them are in the centre of Gdansk.

Museums in Gdansk - National Museum in Gdansk
Museums in Gdansk – National Museum in Gdansk

The most important is the Department of Historical Art –  it houses Flemish and Dutch painting from the 15th to the 17th century. The most important painting is The Last Judgement by Hans Memling. Other prominent paintings include those painted by Peter Bruegel the Younger, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Jacob Swanenburgh, Paul Vredeman de Vries and many more. It has also over 250 paintings by Gdansk painters, among them Daniel Schultz, Anton Moller and Andreas Stech. Besides paintings, this department of National Museum in Gdansk has a collection of furniture, iron, gold, silver and bell–foundry artefacts, and copper and brass objects, as well as a collection of ceramics.

Practical information

Address: Torunska Street 1

How to get there: 10 minutes walk from Brama Wyzynna. You need to walk towards Gdansk Srodmiescie Station, then look for signs.

Opening hours: 

May – SeptemberOctober -April
Tuesday to Sunday10.00-17.009.00-16.00

On Mondays, the museum is closed

Ticket price: 10PLN/6PLN, Children and youths under 26: 1PLN

Free entrance on Friday 

Dom Uphagena – Uphagen’s House

Johan Uphagen’s House Museum is a rare museum of burgher house interior. It is placed in Dluga Street, where Johan Uphagen lived in XVIII century. The first museum was established here in 1911 and worked until 1944. After Second World War it had to wait over 50 years to open again. Inside the Uphagen’s House museums you can see residential and commercial areas of the house, including merchant cantor, living room, dining room

Museums in Gdansk - Uphagen's House Museum
Museums in Gdansk – Uphagen’s House Museum

Practical information

Address: Dluga Street 12

How to get there: It’s in the centre, not far from the Golden Gate

Opening hours: 

Opening Hours
Mondayclosed
Tuesday10.00-13.00
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday10.00-16.00
Thursday10.00-18.00
Sunday11.00-16.00

Last entrance 30 minutes until closing time

Ticket price: 10PLN/5PLN, Family ticket: 20PLN (2 adults + 6 children)

Free entrance on Tuesday

Main City Cityhall

Gdansk Main City Cityhall can’t be overlooked, as it is located exactly in the city heart – where Dlugi Targ meets Dluga Street. During its high times, it was a centre of local authority, but king’s representatives also resided here. It was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War but has been rebuilt and handed over to house Museum of Gdansk. In its interior, there are several rooms to be visited – all of them equipped with medieval furniture and paintings.

During summer, you may also visit the viewpoint on the tower.

 

Gdansk - Main city - City hall
Gdansk – Main city – City hall

Practical information

Address: Dluga Street 46

How to get there: It’s in the centre, opposite the Neptun Fountain

Opening hours: 

Opening Hours
Mondayclosed
Tuesday10.00-13.00
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday10.00-16.00
Thursday10.00-18.00
Sunday11.00-16.00

Last entrance 45 minutes until closing time


Ticket price:
12PLN/6PLN, Family ticket: 20PLN (2 adults + 6 children)

        Ticket price to Palowa Gallery: 6PLN/3PLN

Free entrance on Tuesday

Artur’s Court – Dwór Artusa

Named after legendary King Arthur, this building uses to be the centre of social life and meeting point of Gdansk merchants. Now it is one of the departments of the Museum of Gdansk, but also serves as representative interiors during official visits to Gdansk by prominent figures. The most interesting are the rooms and paintings – mostly reconstructed as Artur’s Court suffered significant damages during liberalisation of Gdansk in 1945.

Gdansk - Neptuno Fountain and Artus Court
Gdansk – Neptuno Fountain and Artus Court

Practical information

Address: Długi Targ 43-44

How to get there: It’s in the centre, opposite the Neptun Fountain

Opening hours: 

Opening Hours
Mondayclosed
Tuesday10.00-13.00
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday10.00-16.00
Thursday10.00-18.00
Sunday11.00-16.00

Last entrance 45 minutes until closing time


Ticket price:
10PLN/5PLN, Family ticket: 20PLN (2 adults + 6 children)

Free entrance on Tuesday

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