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Museums

Experience Poznań and its history! See unique and amazing collections of Poznań museums.

ICHOT Porta Posnania - 33,33% discount

Porta Posnania is the first heritage interpretation centre in Poland. In its modern spaces - interactive multimedia exhibition - it tells the history of the Cathedral Island in Poznań, and the beginnings of the Polish statehood. Porta Posnania is an exceptional place, vital to the identity of contemporary Poles. It is also an excellent introduction to the visit to the Cathedral island and the Royal-Imperial Route. With the purpose of satisfying the needs of all visitors, a few paths of sightseeing have been prepared, including audioguides. Next to the regular programme, there is also a special one for kids, based on games and ac tivities.

 

ul. Gdańska 2

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Fort 3 - 50% discount

Perfectly preserved artillery fort from 1881, built as part of Poznań Fortress. The tour includes both the underground and aboveground part of the fort. The substructure includes barracks, a large powder magazine, which could hold up to 35 tons of black powder, shoulder caponiers, an artillery subwall emergency shelter and a maze of front caponier rooms, whose wall thickness is greater than 3 meters, guarding access to the moat. Sightseeing unassisted or with a guide. Fort is located on the premises of the New Zoo. To visit the Fort one have to buy also the tickets to the Zoo.

 

ul. Krańcowa 81 (New Zoo)
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Models of Historic Poznań - 25% discount

The Franciscan Church’s vaults host 3 models: the model of historic Poznań, the model of first Piasts’ town and the model of the Old Market Square. The first one depicts Poznań as presented in Braun-Hogenberg’s picture of 1618. Built in the scale of 1:150 on an area of 50 sq. meters, the model is Poland’s and in fact Europe’s first historic city model offering such accuracy. The model contains more than 2300 structures. The second one shows the appearance of Poznań during the times of the first Piast dynasty rulers. The form and the arrangement of the settlement date back to the 11th century. In consideration of blind people, third model (1:100) has been made in the convex technique. The descriptions of the elements are in Braille.

 

ul. Franciszkańska 2 (basement of the Franciscan Church, entrance on Ludgardy Street)
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Archaeological Museum - free entrance

Poland's only actual obelisk from ancient Egypt, tools used several thousand years ago by the first inhabitants of presentday Greater Poland, funerary urns in the shapes of faces – these are some unusual sights that can be seen in the Archaeological Museum in Poznan. This is one of the oldest, largest and most active museums in Poland. It presents five permanent exhibitions: Prehistory of Wielkopolska, Poland was established here, Death and Life in Ancient Egypt, Archaeology of the Sudan and North African Rock Art. These exhibitions are equipped with multimedia, some with touch panels and LCD screens. Some exhibits are interactive and visitors can try their hand at creating a rock art rite, assume the roles of archaeologists working on a dig or try on a real medieval knight’s chain mail.

 

ul. Wodna 27

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Archdiocesean Museum - free entrance

The museum resides is the 1520’s building of the former Lubrański Academy. It presents religious art reflecting each individual era’s understanding of beauty – from the Middle Ages until the modern times. One of the museum’s assets is its Gothic art collection – the richest ensemble of sculptures and paintings from the 14th and 15th century in this part of Poland. Apart from the medieval art the museum holds a collection of modern Polish and European paintings, an interesting collection of textiles as well as silver and golden dishes (in Italian ‘argenterie’). What makes this exhibition unique and memorable are everyday objects, now unused and partially forgotten.

 

ul. Lubrańskiego 1, Cathedral Island

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Museum of 'Poznań' Army - free entrance

The museum collects historical artifacts and literature related to the participation of the ‘Poznań’ Army in the September 1939 campaign. The permanent exhibition facility entitled ‘The faithful oath’ commemorates the combat route of the army with particular emphasis on the Battle of Bzura (9–16 September 1939), and as its commander Maj.–Gen. Tadeusz Kutrzeba.

 

al.  Armii Poznań, Cytadela Park Mała Śluza 1

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Museum of Ethnography - free entrance

Ethnographic Museum is housed in the premises of the former Masonic lodge. This building, built in the years 1817–1819 is an example of late neoclassical architecture. The museum is surrounded by a historic park on the assumptions of the Baroque with preserved old trees. At its centre there is an ancient well from the seventeenth century. Collections and expositions introduce Polish cultural issues, the Wielkopolska region, as well as some distant and exotic territories.
The museum through their work tries to be a place of knowledge, discussion, reflection and exchange of different points of view. Currently, the museum organises an exhibition to celebrate 100 years of ethnographic collections in Poznań showing the most interesting sights in its possession.

 

ul. Grobla 25, entrance on Mostowa Street

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Museum of the History of Poznań - free entrance

The Town Hall with the magnificent Great Entrance Hall, rebuilt in the middle of the sixteenth century, houses the Museum of the History of Poznań. The exhibition shows the history of the city from the thirteenth century to 1954. The most valuable exhibits includes among others the gilded and enamelled crosier from Limoges from the thirteenth century and a large guild of shoemakers rummer from 1651. Sixteenth-century development of the city, is shown in the Royal Hall. In the adjacent Courtroom, the presented objects relate to regress and fall of the city's position as of mid-seventeenth century. Much attention was paid to the nineteenth-century history of the city at the time of the Prussian partition. The important interwar period is shown with views of the city, documents and portraits of people connected with its history.

 

Stary Rynek 1, Town Hall

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Museum of Musical Instruments - free entrance

Musical Instrument Museum, founded in 1945, is the only museum of its kind in Poland and the third largest in Europe. The musical instruments in its possession come from all over the world. The museum has a collection now numbering about two thousand items. The permanent exhibition is a collection of string instruments. The pearls of the collection are the instruments of violin making from XVI–XX centuries, including Martin Groblicz’s violin (Krakow, around 1600), some of Dankwart’s as well as other instruments by greta Italian masters. In the museum you can also see the rich collection of pianos and a collection of wooden and brass instruments. Part of the exhibition is devoted to Polish folk instruments and instruments coming from Africa, Australia and Oceania, the Americas, Asia and Europe. There are both prehistoric instruments and ones made in the first half of the twentieth century.

 

Stary Rynek 45

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Museum for Wielkopolska Martyrs Fort VII - free entrance

The museum is located in Fort VII - Colomb which during the Second World War became the first concentration camp on Polish ground. It documents the martyrdom of the people of Wielkopolska, and collects all kinds of exhibits from that period. The museum has a vast collection of camp correspondence, drawings, photographs, the prisoners’ personal documents as well as those issued by the German occupation authorities, and objects of everyday use, such as bread medallions, wallets, dictionaries, rosaries. The institution serves as an archive of prisoners’ relations and creates personal files with the descriptions of the fates of the people who found themselves in Fort VII. The records, currently around 5000, largely including the photographs of the prisoners, are an important historical source.

 

al. Polska

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National Museum  - free entrance

The Museum is located in two buildings. In the eclectic abode from 1904 in the basement there is the Ancient Art Gallery with an extraordinary and rare collection of Roman imperial portraits. On the ground floor there is the Medieval Art Gallery as well as the 16th–18th Century Polish Art Gallery. On the first floor there is the collection of Western-European art – as well as the only in Poland collection of Spanish paintings. In the Poznań collection there is also the only Claude Monet painting in Poland – The Beach in Pourville. The new wing of the museum showcases the works from the Enlightenment through Romanticism, Formalism, Impressionism to Symbolism in the Polish Art Gallery, to modern works by Kantor or Nowosielski, as well as pieces from last two decades.

 

Al. K. Marcinkowskiego 9

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National Museum of Agriculture and Food Industry in Szreniawa - free entrance

The Museum is located 10 km south of Poznań on the Wrocław/ Zielona Góra route along the Wolsztyn railway line. Its holdings are on display in and around the historic 19th century farm buildings of a former court park and manor farm of Szreniawa. The outdoor exhibitions include among others a beekeeping heritage park and a shed with various agricultural machinery. The Museum’s collections illustrate the history of the Polish countryside, farming and food industry from all regions of
Poland. Its 20,000 plus items document the material and spiritual legacy of several generations of Polish rural area dwellers.

 

ul. Dworcowa 5 Szreniawa / Komorniki

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Museum of the Wielkopolska Uprising 1918-1919 - free entrance

 

The permanent exhibition of Wielkopolska Uprising 1918–1919 Museum, in a modern interior, shows the tradition of Wielkopolska’s battles for independence from the end of the 18th century until Wielkopolskie Uprising 1918–1919, which brought victory over the Prussian invader. The exposition is rich with photographs, documents, 18th–20th century weaponry as well as Wielkopolska Army and insurgent uniforms. The display is accompanied by multimedia materials, which add to its value. Among the museum’s many exhibits, the post with the Maxima heavy machine gun from 1908 or the matrix of the Wielkopolska to the Mothers of the Fallen in Battle memorial badge from 1919 deserve special attention.

 

Stary Rynek 3, Guardhouse

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Museum of the Poznań Uprising - June 1956 - free entrance

The June 1956 riots staged by Polish workers provided the original impetus that ultimately, after the events of December 1970, June 1976 and finally August 1980, led to the Round Table Talks of 1989 and to the establishment of a free and democratic Poland. The Museum’s permanent exhibition tells the story of June 28, 1956 and, specifically, describes the reasons behind the rebellion, the detailed course of events (including the demonstration, the fighting, the city’s pacification by the military and finally, the trials of the rebels). The exhibition features sample photographic documentation. While most photos were taken with hidden cameras by Security Office personnel, some have been provided by participants of the June events along with non-photographic documentation. Also on display are keepsakes commemorating the casualties.

 

ul. św. Marcin 80/82, Imperial Castle

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Arkady Fiedler Museum and Literary Workshop - 50% discount

Located in the town of Puszczykowo, 15 km south of Poznań, the Museum dates back to 1974 when it was established as a Fiedler family residence. The Museum holds some of the most interesting keepsakes and trophies collected by the author and traveller Arkady Fiedler and his sons during their travels. It features original North and South American, African and Asian artefacts, including ritual sculptures and masks, musical instruments and Hibaru Indian human head trophies. Some of the exhibits may be touched. For instance, visitors may play a tam-tam drum and other exotic instruments. The Garden of Tolerance surrounding the Museum building holds an unusual collection of sculptured replicas of famous ancient monuments, including the Bolivian Gate of the Sun, an Aztec calendar and an Easter Islands statue.

 

ul. Słowackiego 1, Puszczykowo

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Natural-Hunting Museum in Uzarzewo - free entrance

The Museum is located in Uzarzewo, about 15 kilometres from Poznań by the Piast Track. The historic castle and park complex includes two structures in its area. The mid-19th century palace houses the exhibition of forestry and hunting history since most ancient times: weaponry, hunting accessories and trophies. In the stable/carriage house the natural environment of Wielkopolska is presented as well as the fauna inhabiting it, with a special emphasis on wild game. In 2004, a new exposition has been commissioned – Adam Smorawiński’s hunting trophies. The collection includes trophies of wild game from all parts of the world and has been located in the exhibition hall founded by the hunter and donor himself. Another wing has been added to it in 2010. The pride of the collection is the so called ‘Great African Five’ (a lion, an elephant, a rhinoceros, a leopard and a buffalo).

 

ul. Akacjowa 12, Uzarzewo

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Museum of Armaments - free entrance

The Museum of Arms is located on the premises of the former Fort Winiary (the Poznań Citadel), which was built by the Prussians from 1828 to 1842. Today’s form of the Citadel dates back to the 1870’s. At that time, the Citadel became a key part of the fortifications ring that surrounded the city. The Museum is housed in a Military Laboratory bunker added on in 1872. The bunker, which has survived as it was originally built, houses a display of militaries, documents, photographs, maps and items recovered from the Poznań fortifications. The biggest attraction of its permanent exhibition are its outdoor displays of military equipment featuring over a dozen military vehicles, nine air planes, two helicopters, five tanks, as well as numerous canons and mortars. The oldest items date back to the early 19th century.

 

al. Armii Poznań (Poznań Citadel) 

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Mayor's Atomic Bunker - free entrance

62 Słupska Street is an attractive address. It is there, at the turn of the 1950’s and 60’s, in a rather large estate, a house appeared. It looked very much like the other houses in the neighbourhood, but it had its mystery. A secret atomic bunker was built for the President of Poznań and the high municipal officials directly underground. It was only declassified in 2000. Its location has been held secret for another decade to protect the house from looters and vandals. This place is unique due to its history and purpose, but also because it turned out to be a real time capsule. Inside the bunker, its furnishings in the PRL style have been kept intact – from air filtering units, through furniture and maps, to bathroom fittings, phones, a radio as well as the President’s sleeper sofa.

 

ul. Słupska 62

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Archaeological Reserve Genius loci - free entrance

The Genus loci Archaeological Reserve is the place which showcases early-Piast period fortification and castle relics. The section presented in the Reserve was built at the end of the 10th century as city fortifications and allows to experience its magnitude as well as get to know the engineering thought behind the actions of medieval defence architecture designers. In the area the remains of a 16th century fortification investment can be seen. Novel exposition solutions, a system of multimedia visualisations and holographic presentations as well as a 3D technology film are just some ventures through which the subject of beginnings of early Polish statehood and the city of Poznań is introduced. Apart from sightseeing opportunities, the Reserve also organises workshops, learning activities, temporary displays, concerts and cultural events.

 

ul. Ks. I. Posadzego 3

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Prof. R. Kostecki Heritage Park and Beekeeping Museum in Swarzędz - free entrance

 

The Museum is located 10 km east of Poznań on the Warsaw Route. The Heritage Museum is Europe’s only collection of beehives of its kind. Its outdoor exposition has been devoted to the Polish history of beekeeping. Its beehives range from wood plank to straw varieties to hive imitations of buildings and statues. This former farm house has been adapted to house an entire display of these utility insects. The collections focus on beekeeping and silk production, solitary bees and bumblebees.

 

ul. Poznańska 35, Swarzędz

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Wielkopolska Military Museum - free entrance

 

In the southern part of the Market Square, in post-war annexes, there is the Wielkopolska Military Museum. Built in 1919, destroyed during WWII, the museum is rebuilding its collection, working since 1957. The museum’s permanent exhibition is devoted to the history of Polish weaponry and includes the Polish Army uniforms, side arms, firearms and polearms, protective armours and military equipment from the 10th to the 20th century as well as battle scenes. One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a 16th century rapier sword with a Milan- forged hilt. The jewel of the collection however is a bechter (type of plated mail) forged in 1580 in Poznań, and embroidered with the city insignia on the backplate.

Stary Rynek 9

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Observation Tower on Dziewicza Góra - 20% discount

A fire observatory, now known simply as the lookout tower, has been build on the highest point of Dziewicza Góra. It is now mainly an attraction for tourists who, having climbed 172 steps, can enjoy a panoramic view of Czerwonak County and the nearby Poznań as well as trees and hills of Zielonka Forest. The tower is 40 meters high. The viewing platform available to visitors is at the height of 30 metres, and a very well equipped gamekeepers observation point is placed right above it.

 

Czerwonak – Dziewicza Góra 5

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Castle in Kórnik - 50% discount

Castle in Kórnik is located some 30 km south-east of Poznań. It is actually a well-preserved lordly residence converted to the Neo- Gothic Romantic style in the early 19th century. The Castle houses many unique exhibits. Its interiors contain furniture of various styles from many different periods, paintings by Polish and European masters, sculptures, antique coin collections, Polish and eastern militaria, china and silver handworks and ethnographic and natural collections from Australia and Oceania. In the night, as legend has it, roaming in the Castle’s park and chambers is Teofila Szołdrska-Potulicka nee Działyńska, dubbed the ‘White Lady’. Located next to the Castle is a Kórnik Arboretum featuring some 3,000 species and varieties of trees and shrubs, some of which are the most peculiar specimens one could ever imagine.

 

ul. Zamkowa 5, Kórnik

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