The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw

Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina

If you want your kids to learn something and have fun, there is a nice destination in Warsaw. What about a weekend trip to the museum? Let’s teleport with Chopin to the nineteenth-century Europe!

The Chopin Museum is an interesting destination not only for the classical music lovers. It’s quite a new museum – it was totally rebuilt for 2010 Chopin Year Celebrations (200th birth anniversary). The Ostrogski Palace (Pałac Ostrogskich) that hosts the museum used to be a mansion of Polish magnate families. The building was destroyed in 1944 during the Nazi occupation and rebuilt in 1954.

Chopin Museum in Warsaw - the building from outside

The museum is relatively small – the exhibition is located on 4 not so big floors and can host at the same time no more than 70 visitors. This is the advantage for kids and their parents who can see and learn something before their children start asking for coming back home.

Chopin Museum in Warsaw - the building inside

It’s one of the modern multimedia museums where kids can play with screens. They do not get bored as quickly as they may in other traditional museums. There is also the kids-dedicated playroom. However not very big or impressive, but still a nice addition.

Chopin Museum in Warsaw - playroom for families with kids

Each guest receives an electronic card (the equivalent of a ticket) with digitally encoded preferences. The customization includes a selection of one of 8 languages. The exhibition is interactive and with your ticket/card you activate commentary in a selected language (it is either written or audio commentary).

Chopin Museum in Warsaw - how electronic ticket works

Obviously, as the biographical museum, it holds a collection of valuable manuscripts, photographs, letters, and recordings. But the exhibition is also about the history and culture of Chopin’s times. The history and culture of the old Warsaw, the history and culture of the old Paris which became the center of Romanticism. Twenty-year-old Chopin left Warsaw in 1830, after a short stay in Vienna, he settled in Paris where he died in 1849, at the age of 39. The museum presents an interesting lesson on the romantic era.

Chopin Museum in Warsaw - inside the museum

The nice thing is that the museum is open until 8 pm (which is rare among cultural institutions in Poland). So you can plan a visit in the late afternoon if you prefer. If the weather permits, after visiting the museum, you could go for a walk to a small park with playground.

Playground close to the Chopin Museum in Warsaw

The bonus is the proximity of the Chopin University of Music – you may hear live music and rehearsals. To get there you need to take stairs behind the museum building.

How to get to the playground from the Chopin Museum in Warsaw

If you would like to dine before or after your visit, there is a nice restaurant Tamka 43 (English website: http://www.tamka43.pl/en/).

Tamka 43 Restaurant next to the Chopin Museum in Warsaw

In the menu, you can find some meals inspired by Chopin’s favorite dishes. The restaurant recommends courses “inspired by Frederic Chopin’s culinary preferences, prepared on the basis of the composer’s letters and book by Wojciech Bońkowski “Chopin Gourmet”. Sounds intriguing:)

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Click here to learn more about Żelazowa Wola – the Birthplace of Frederic Chopin.