National Museum in Poznan
Opening times: closed Mondays; Tuesday 10am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday and Sunday 10am-4pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm.
The museum is housed in a neo-Renaissance building dating back to 1900-1904 and designed by Karol Hinckeldeyn as a museum, and also in a new building constructed in 1976-2001 by a team of architects led by Marian Trzaska.
The museum's beginnings date back to 1857, when the Society of the Friends of Science in Poznan founded the Museum of Polish and Slavic Antiquities, which was then called the Mielzynski Family Museum; in 1904, it was renamed the Kaiser Friedrich Museum, which included a gallery of Atanazy Raczynski's European painting; since 1919, it has operated as the Wielkopolskie Museum, and since 1950 it has been known as the National Museum.
Collections: Gallery of Medieval Art - Romanesque and Gothic art from the twelfth to the early fourteenth centuries, including sculptures from the valuable collection of Romanesque sculptures from Strzelno; altars from Polish, German and French territories; Gallery of Foreign Art - from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries, Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French and Spanish painting with Madonna Rozancowa (Madonna of the Rosary) by Zurbaran and the Ascension of the Virgin Mary by J. Carenno de Mirandy; the Gallery of Polish Art - painting of the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries including a collection of funerary and epitaph portraits from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; a representative collection of symbolic works by Jacek Malczewski, including Bledne kolo (Vicious Circle), the series Zatruta studnia (Poisoned Well); painting from the Enlightenment through Romanticism to the period of modernism and Young Poland (Mloda Polska) and a collection of painting from the turn of the century, including works by J. Pankiewicz, W. Podkowinski and O. Boznanska, and also a group of pastels by S. Wyspianski and L. Wyczolkowski and sculptures by K. Laszczka and X. Dunikowskiego, for example; painting and sculpture from the interwar period - from formism to abstraction and colourism, and also a collection of contemporary art with works by J. Cybis, A. Nacht-Samborski, P. Potworowski, T. Niesiolowski, H. Stazewski, T. Kantor, E. Dwurnik and L. Tarasewicz, for example. The museum also has a numismatics collection, including 13 Polish ducats from the years 1580-1652 and some designed by Italian artists during the 1980s.
Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu
Al. Marcinkowskiego 9
Phone: (+48 61) 856 80 00, 852 59 69
Fax: (+48 61) 851 58 98