Visit Warsaw for free: top attractions!

Usually there is an entrance fee to every cultural institution in Warsaw. Although, sometimes the authorities of the city organise days, nights or even months, when you don’t have to pay. People of course use this privilege and queues to some top museum get terribly long! It’s actually quite funny phenomenon, because there are days in the week, when admission to various cultural institutions in Warsaw is free regularly!

Below I prepared for you a list of sites available for free on specific days and times. I used this prerogative more than once in different places and you know what is the funniest? That none of those places has been never crowded during free days!

So if you are staying in Warsaw for weekend, few days or even longer time – use it and abuse it. This list is all for you!

Some practical info:

To explore a single exposure usually you have to spend approx. 2 hours.

In Poland (and as far as I know most European countries) Monday usually is a day off from work in cultural institutions, like museums. However, sometimes the authorities choose another day as a day off and in such cases I wrote this at a particular museum.

PS. Obviously, when it comes to museums, the free entrance is to constant exhibitions and not temporary, which are extra paid. All the info is valid for October 2014.

warsaw for free

Every day! (except Mondays)

the Museum of Modern Art (Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej)
opening hours: 12 am-8 pm
www: artmuseum.pl

Monday

the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich)
opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm)
regular price: 25 zł
www: polin.pl
more info: the museum is closed on Tuesdays

Tuesday

the National Museum (Muzeum Narodowe)
opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm (last entry at 5:15 pm)
regular price: 15 zł
www: mnw.art.pl

Thursday

the Frederic Chopin’s Museum – Recital
time: 6 pm
more info: bookings are available 1 month before the concert, tickets reclaim 20 minutes before the concert
www: chopin.museum

the Royal Baths Park – the Palace on Island (Łazienki Królewskie – Pałac na Wyspie)
opening hours: 9 am – 8 pm
regular price: 20 zł
www: lazienki-krolewskie.pl

the Zachęta Gallery (Galeria Zachęta)
opening hours: 12 am – 8 pm
regular price: 15 zł
www: zacheta.art.pl

the Cellars of the Old Town (Piwnice Staromiejskie)
opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm
regular price: 10 zł
www: muzeumwarszawy.pl

the Museum of the Pawiak Prison
opening hours: 9:30 am – 5 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm)
regular price: 8 zł
www: muzeum-niepodleglosci.pl/pawiak

Sunday

the Frederic Chopin’s Museum (Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina)
opening hours: 11 am – 8 pm (last entry at 7:15 pm)
regular price: 22 zł
www: chopin.museum

the Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski) & the Pod Blachą Palace (Pałac pod Blachą)
opening hours:
– 2nd May– 30th September: 11 am – 6 pm (last entry at 5 pm)
– 1st October – 30th April kwietnia: 11 am – 4 pm (last entry at 3 pm)
regular price:
– Zamek Królewski: 22 zł
– Pałac pod Blachą: 14 zł
www: zamek-krolewski.pl

the Museum of the Polish Army (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego)
opening hours: 10 am – 4 pm (last entry at 3:30 pm)
regular price: 15 zł
www: muzeumwp.pl
more info: the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Muzeum Pałac w Wilanowie
opening hours: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm (last entry at 3:00 pm)
regular price: 20 zł
www: wilanow-palac.pl
more info:  the museum is closed on Tuesdays; entry fee to the gardens is 5 zł

the Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego)
opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm
regular price: 14 zł
www: 1944.pl
more info:  the museum is closed on Tuesdays

If you plan your trip to Warsaw, I really recommand choosing those free days. Normally, the cost of normal tickets to all these institutions for one person is about 200 zł (about 50 euros). Isn’t it better to spend this money on something else? Of course it is!

Have you ever been to Warsaw? Have you visited any of those places? Which places would you recommend to others? And if not – what would you most like to visit? Share your opinions in the comments below!

4 comments

  1. Hello,

    I was in Warszawa in September and I would like to mention that the Pałac na Wyspie (Palace on the Island) is sometimes closed without prior notice, for example when it is used for conferences.

    Pałac Myślewicki was also closed due to renovation.

  2. Hey Hanna,

    Thank you for this very complete article.

    One comment: the free day for the Museum of the Polish Army (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego) is now Saturday. (just went there)

    Cheers,

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