Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, Warsaw

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A symbol of Poland's royal heritage, Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow features an art collection that represents generations of collecting from the country's royal families. The museum was founded in the 19th century, but much of the artwork was taken by Nazi occupiers in World War II. However, after the war ended many of the pieces were recovered and returned, including paintings by Peter Paul Rubens and Pompeo Batoni, and artifacts from the Qing Dynasty. The main floor is a series of royal rooms with Baroque decor, marble columns, chandeliers, and polished floors. The second floor houses the portrait gallery, while artifacts and private collectibles appear throughout the palace. The site is now a branch of the National Museum in Warsaw and frequently hosts lectures, events, and temporary exhibits. The palace and museum are large, so give yourself plenty of time to tour. Consider renting an audio guide in your native language for a self-guided tour. Use our Warsaw tour itinerary maker site to add Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow and other attractions to your Warsaw vacation plans.
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  • We visited the Palace on our final afternoon in Warsaw and were running late due to very slow service at a nearby bar where we stopped for a quick(!) beer. Had not realised that last entry is at 3pm....  more »
  • I've wanted to visit Wilanów since a read a biography of King Jan II Sobieski. I was not disappointed. I'd been to Poland previously, but this was high on my list to do this time, because we were...  more »
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  • Beautiful building and garden, worth a visit. On Thursdays, access to the main building and the garden is for free. Tickets for some additional rooms are not but worth a visit as well. Rooms are nicely renovated and decorated. There is an audio tour, each room has sheets explaining some furniture and other pieces of art, both in Polish and English, and there is an app, providing loads of details about the history of the building, its past, and the renovation process. Especially the last few rooms are packed with paintings of the original art collection of King Jan III. This collections is quite diverse and does not contain any exceptional pieces but his love and vision for art and its accessibility to the people is admirable. We spent several hours in the palace and the garden and did enjoy every moment. Parking is for free but parking space is limited and it might require some creativity to find yourself a spot. But it is all worth it!
  • One of the most beautiful palaces I’ve ever visited. You can download an app for free which can guide you through. It had some extraordinary paintings and sculptures. There is also a nice garden to walk.

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