National Museum

During World War 2 most of the museums in Wrocław were partly or completely destroyed. After WW2 in 1947 when Wrocław was again in polish boundaries a first polish museum was opened. As most museum buildings were destroyed the new headquarter became the building at Warsaw insurgents square. The new museum was designed by Karl Friedrich Endell in 1883-1886 in Neo-Renaissance style. A year later in 1948 first visitors came to the museum. The name of this institution was changed several times. At first, it was the State Museum later it became the Silesian Museum. In 1970 the name was changed for the last time to the National Museum.  Nowadays it has two divisions. One is Panorama Racławicka and the second one is the Ethnographic Museum. In the main building, there are a few regular exhibitions. National Museum in Wrocław has one of the biggest modern art collections in Poland.

We highly recommend you visit the Polish Hill from where you will have a splendid view of Ostrów Tumski and Odra river. Also, you shall visit a nearby Panorama Racławicka where you can admire a famous painting by Jan Styka and Wojciech Kossak Battle of Racławice painted in 1893-1894. The painting shows a Battle of Racławice where polish troops under general Tadeusz Kościuszko command defeated the Russian army commanded by general Aleksander Tormasow.

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