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Warsaw Archdiocese Museum + the Cathedral Crypt

Dziekania 1
00-279 Warszawa

tel. +48 22 621 34 14

Warsaw Archdiocese Museum + the Cathedral Crypt

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Offer: Free with Warsaw Pass

The Warsaw Archdiocese Museum is an art museum located in the heart of Warsaw, in the Old Town on quiet Dziekania Street adjacent to the cathedral.

Visit our permanent exhibits, which occupy two floors. Our oldest items are displayed in the basement of the former dean’s palace surrounded by fragments of the 16th century brick walls. Modern art can be admired on the first floor of the museum. In addition, only in our museum can you enter the former “royal corridor,” which is part of a route that from the 17thcentury connected the Royal Castle with the royal gallery in St. John’s Church (now a cathedral) where the king went to pray. In the museum, you can admire sacred and secular works of art in pleasant and peaceful surroundings. 

 

 

What exceptional things can you see in the WAM?

  • A sculpture of Christ from 1400 with moving arms, one of only about 50 such sculptures in the world!

  • Icons, which are characteristic pictures used in the eastern liturgy, including a modern icon by the outstanding Polish artist, Jerzy Nowosielski.

  • A collection of approx. 30 clocks, including magnificent grandfather clocks from the 17th and 18th centuries from European workshops.

  • Hand-embroidered 17th century chasubles and a collection of over 50 liturgical vestments from various eras.

  • Beautiful Baroque gold work, such as monstrances, chalices, pyxes and altar crosses.

  • A replica of a war hammer, such as the one used in 1620 in an assassination attempt against Polish king Sigismund III Vasa. That was the only assassination attempt against a Polish monarch, which took place by the entrance to St. John’s Church (now a cathedral).

  • Paintings by Polish artists abroad who, for various reasons, could not return to Poland after World War II (including Lebenstein, Czapski, Kossowski, and Szyszko-Bohusz).

 

Crypts are the underground part of a cathedral where the dead were buried. Over the centuries, they were rebuilt, new tomb niches were built, and important cultural figures, members of the royal families, politicians and national leaders were buried.

In the space beneath the cathedral are examples of 17th and 18th century Polish burial customs. There are authentic coffins and coffin decorations used over the centuries, as well as typical burials of children, adults and clergy.

The crypt contains the remains of the last Mazovian princes and the last king of Poland, Stanisław August Poniatowski, the tombs of presidents Gabriel Narutowicz and Ignacy Mościcki, Nobel Prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz, outstanding pianist and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski and many other people connected with Warsaw and Poland.

Please note: due to how the crypt was built, however, it is not handicap accessible (no elevator, narrow stairs, etc.).

 

 

Warsaw Pass entitles to FREE ENTRY & SKIP THE LINE.

Regular Museum sightseeing price,

(permanent exhibits + the Cathedral crypt): 15 złotych

 

There is also a 25% discount on temporary exhibits with the Warsaw Pass card.

 

 

Museum opening hours:

    Monday: Closed

    Tuesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. — 6 p.m.

    Sunday: 12 p.m. — 4 p.m.

Please note to plan your sightseeing visit up to 30 minutes before the closing times.

Opening hours of Cathedral Crypt:

Tuesday – Saturday: 12 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The crypt is closed during mass and services.

 

 

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Please note that the museum is closed to visitors on:

  • January: 1st, 6th
  • Easter - (30.03.2018 - 02.04.2018)
  • May: 1st, 3rd, 18th, 19th
  • Corpus Christi Thursday (2018.05.31)
  • August: 15th
  • November: 1st, 11th
  • December: 24th - 26th,31th

 

 

Warsaw Archdiocese Museum + the Cathedral Crypt

Dziekania 1
00-279 Warszawa

tel. +48 22 621 34 14

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