List of registered museums in Poland

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Courtyard of the National Museum of Warsaw, a registered museum

The Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland may inscribe a Polish museum into the National Register of Museums (Polish: Państwowy Rejestr Muzeów) in order to confirm the high level of its cultural activity and the importance of its collection. Only those museums that meet the required criteria – including importance of the museum's collection, a team of well qualified employees, an adequate building, and a permanent source of financing – may be entered into the register. Such museums are known as registered museums (muzea rejestrowane). A registered museum that no longer meets the criteria may be removed from the register.[1]

Registered museums enjoy certain privileges that other museums in Poland do not. A registered museum has the right of pre-emption for artefacts offered for sale by antique traders and at auctions. Directors of registered museums elect triennially from among themselves eleven out of 21 members of the Museums Council (Rada do Spraw Muzeów), which advises the Minister of Culture and National Heritage on matters related to museums.[1]

Among the 121 registered museums (as of 2014), the vast majority are state-owned. Sixteen of these are deemed to be of national importance and hence supervised directly by ministries of the national government – the Ministry of National Defence in the case of the Polish Army Museum and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for all the remaining ones.[2] The rest of the state-owned museums are either under the supervision of local authorities of various levels (voivodeships, counties or communes) or are supervised jointly by a government ministry and local authorities. Additionally, one registered museum belongs to a state-owned university (the Jagiellonian University Museum) and one is privately owned (the Private Automotive and Technological Museum in Otrębusy).[3]

Warsaw, the capital and largest city of Poland, has the highest concentration of registered museums, numbering sixteen. It is followed by Kraków, with nine registered museums, and further by Lublin and Opole, with three each. Gdańsk is home to two operating registered museums and one under construction (the Second World War Museum).[3]

Registered museums[edit]

Source: Department of Cultural Heritage
English name Polish name Location Owner or supervising body
Warsaw Royal Castle – Monument to National History and Culture Zamek Królewski w Warszawie – Pomnik Historii i Kultury Narodowej Warsaw Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
National Museum of Kraków Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie Kraków Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Museum of the Zamoyski Family Muzeum Zamoyskich Kozłówka Lublin Voivodeship
Museum of the Kraków Salt Mines Muzeum Żup Krakowskich Wieliczka Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Polish Agrarian Movement History Museum Muzeum Historii Polskiego Ruchu Ludowego Warsaw Masovian Voivodeship
Hunting and Equestrian Museum Muzeum Łowiectwa i Jeździectwa Warsaw Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Museum of Independence Muzeum Niepodległości Warsaw Masovian Voivodeship
Museum of Polish Arms Muzeum Oręża Polskiego Kołobrzeg Kołobrzeg County
Museum of the Lubusz Region Muzeum Ziemi Lubuskiej Zielona Góra Lubusz Voivodeship
National Archaeological Museum of Warsaw Państwowe Muzeum Archeologiczne w Warszawie Warsaw Masovian Voivodeship
Regional Museum of Rzeszów Muzeum Okręgowe w Rzeszowie Rzeszów Subcarpathian Voivodeship
National Museum of Warsaw Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie Warsaw Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
National Ethnographic Museum of Warsaw Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne w Warszawie Warsaw Masovian Voivodeship
Majdanek State Museum Państwowe Muzeum na Majdanku Lublin Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Gross-Rosen Museum Muzeum Gross-Rosen Rogoźnica Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Wawel Royal Castle National Art Collection Zamek Królewski na Wawelu – Państwowe Zbiory Sztuki w Krakowie Kraków Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Castle Museum of Malbork Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku Malbork Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Royal Baths Museum Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie Warsaw Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Castle Museum of Pszczyna Muzeum Zamkowe w Pszczynie Pszczyna Silesian Voivodeship
Archaeological Museum of the Middle Oder Muzeum Archeologiczne Środkowego Nadodrza Świdnica Zielona Góra County
Ethnographic Museum of Zielona Góra Muzeum Etnograficzne w Zielonej Górze Ochla Lubusz Voivodeship
Lubusz Military Museum Lubuskie Muzeum Wojskowe Drzonów Zielona Góra County
Museum of Central Pomerania Muzeum Pomorza Środkowego Słupsk Pomeranian Voivodeship
National Prisoners of War Museum at Łambinowice Centralne Muzeum Jeńców Wojennych Opole Opole Voivodeship
National Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau Oświęcim Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Museum of the Origins of the Polish State Muzeum Początków Państwa Polskiego Gniezno Greater Poland Voivodeship
Górka Family Castle of Szamotuły Zamek Górków w Szamotułach Szamotuły Szamotuły County
Museum of the Kuyavia and Dobrzyń Region Muzeum Ziemi Kujawskiej i Dobrzyńskiej Włocławek Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship
Wilanów Palace Pałac w Wilanowie Warsaw Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Stutthof Museum Muzeum Stutthof Sztutowo Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
National Museum of Agriculture and Agri-Food Industry Muzeum Narodowe Rolnictwa i Przemysłu Rolno-Spożywczego Szreniawa Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Greater Poland Voivodeship
Railway Museum Muzeum Kolejnictwa Warsaw Masovian Voivodeship
Museum of Sports and Tourism Muzeum Sportu i Turystyki Warsaw Masovian Voivodeship
Regional Museum of Toruń Muzeum Okręgowe w Toruniu Toruń City of Toruń
Museum of Southern Podlachia Muzeum Południowego Podlasia Biała Podlaska Town of Biała Podlaska
Giant Mountains Museum Muzeum Karkonoskie Jelenia Góra Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Vistulan Museum of Kazimierz Dolny Muzeum Nadwiślańskie w Kazimierzu Dolnym Kazimierz Dolny Lublin Voivodeship and the town of Puławy
Regional Museum of the Kalisz Region Muzeum Okręgowe Ziemi Kaliskiej w Kaliszu Kalisz Greater Poland Voivodeship
Museum of the Chełm Region Muzeum Ziemi Chełmskiej Chełm Town of Chełm
Museum of the Międzyrzecz Region Muzeum Ziemi Międzyrzeckiej Międzyrzecz Międzyrzecz County
Lubusz Museum Muzeum Lubuskie Gorzów Wielkopolski Lubusz Voivodeship
Masovian Gentry Museum Muzeum Szlachty Mazowieckiej Ciechanów Masovian Voivodeship
Museum of Agriculture Muzeum Rolnictwa Ciechanowiec Podlaskie Voivodeship
Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum of Łódź Muzeum Archeologiczne i Etnograficzne w Łodzi Łódź Łódź Voivodeship
Industrial History Museum Muzeum Historii Przemysłu Opatówek Kalisz County
Regional Museum of Piła Muzeum Okręgowe w Pile Piła Greater Poland Voivodeship
Archaeological Museum of Poznań Muzeum Archeologiczne w Poznaniu Poznań City of Poznań
Łańcut Castle Zamek w Łańcucie Łańcut Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Subcarpathian Voivodeship
Lublin Museum Muzeum Lubelskie Lublin Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Lublin Voivodeship
Museum of Opole Silesia Muzeum Śląska Opolskiego Opole Opole Voivodeship
Museum of the Opole Countryside Muzeum Wsi Opolskiej Opole Opole Voivodeship
Asia and Pacific Museum Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku Warsaw Masovian Voivodeship
Arts Museum of Łódź Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi Łódź Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Łódź Voivodeship
Museum of the First Piasts Muzeum Pierwszych Piastów Lednogóra Greater Poland Voivodeship
Władysław Łęga Museum Muzeum im. ks. dr. Władysława Łęgi Grudziądz Town of Grudziądz
Museum of the Kielce Countryside Muzeum Wsi Kieleckiej Kielce Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Holy Cross Voivodeship
National Maritime Museum Centralne Muzeum Morskie Gdańsk Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Polish Army Museum Muzeum Wojska Polskiego Warsaw Ministry of National Defence
Museum of Rural Musical Instruments Muzeum Ludowych Instrumentów Muzycznych Szydłowiec Masovian Voivodeship
Museum of Łowicz Muzeum w Łowiczu Łowicz Łowicz County
Regional Museum of Sandomierz Muzeum Okręgowe w Sandomierzu Sandomierz Holy Cross Voivodeship, Sandomierz County, and the town of Sandomierz
National Museum of Kielce Muzeum Narodowe w Kielcach Kielce Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Holy Cross Voivodeship
Museum of Literature Muzeum Literatury Warsaw Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Masovian Voivodeship
Museum of Western Masovia Muzeum Mazowsza Zachodniego Żyrardów Żyrardów County
Kashubian Museum Muzeum Kaszubskie Kartuzy Kartuzy Commune
Historical Museum of the Capital City of Warsaw Muzeum Historyczne M.St. Warszawy Warsaw City of Warsaw
Museum of the Lublin Countryside Muzeum Wsi Lubelskiej Lublin Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Lublin Voivodeship
Historical and Archaeological Museum of Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski Muzeum Historyczno-Archeologiczne w Ostrowcu Świętokrzyskim Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski County
Museum of the Kłodzko Region Muzeum Ziemi Kłodzkiej Kłodzko Town of Kłodzko
Private Automotive and Technological Museum Prywatne Muzeum Motoryzacji i Techniki Otrębusy Mikiciuk Family
Kashubian Ethnographic Park Kaszubski Park Etnograficzny Wdzydze Kiszewskie Pomeranian Voivodeship
Regional Museum of Tarnów Muzeum Okręgowe w Tarnowie Tarnów Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Museum of Wałbrzych Muzeum w Wałbrzychu Wałbrzych Town of Wałbrzych
Podlachian Museum Muzeum Podlaskie w Białymstoku Białystok Podlaskie Voivodeship
Subcarpathian Museum Muzeum Podkarpackie Krosno Subcarpathian Voivodeship
National Museum of Gdańsk Muzeum Narodowe w Gdańsku Gdańsk Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Pomeranian Voivodeship
Museum of the Wieluń Region Muzeum Ziemi Wieluńskiej Wieluń Wieluń Commune
Zofia and Wacław Nałkowski Museum Muzeum im. Zofii i Wacława Nałkowskich Wołomin Wołomin Commune
Masovian Museum Muzeum Mazowieckie Płock Masovian Voivodeship
National Museum of Poznań Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu Poznań Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Warsaw Uprising Museum Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego Warsaw City of Warsaw
Ethnographic Museum of Toruń Muzeum Etnograficzne w Toruniu Toruń Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship
Regional Museum of Stalowa Wola Muzeum Regionalne w Stalowej Woli Stalowa Wola Town of Stalowa Wola
Historical Museum of the City of Kraków Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa Kraków City of Kraków
Rural Architecture Museum of Sanok Muzeum Budownictwa Ludowego w Sanoku Sanok Subcarpathian Voivodeship
Silesian Museum Muzeum Śląskie Katowice Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Silesian Voivodeship
Museum of the Puck Region Muzeum Ziemi Puckiej Puck Puck County
Museum of Kashubian and Pomeranian Writing and Music Muzeum Piśmiennictwa i Muzyki Kaszubsko-Pomorskiej Wejherowo Wejherowo County
Museum of Warmia and Masuria Muzeum Warmii i Mazur Olsztyn Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship
Archaeological Museum of Kraków Muzeum Archeologiczne w Krakowie Kraków Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Polish Aviation Museum Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego Kraków Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Regional Museum of Nowy Sącz Muzeum Okręgowe w Nowym Sączu Nowy Sącz Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Tatra Museum Muzeum Tatrzańskie Zakopane Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Ethnographic Museum of Kraków Muzeum Etnograficzne w Krakowie Kraków Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Oporów Castle Zamek w Oporowie Oporów Kutno County
National Museum of the Przemyśl Region Muzeum Narodowe Ziemi Przemyskiej Przemyśl Subcarpathian Voivodeship
Archaeological and Historical Museum of Głogów Muzeum Archeologiczno-Historyczne w Głogowie Głogów Town of Głogów
Regional Museum of Leszno Muzeum Okręgowe w Lesznie Leszno Greater Poland Voivodeship
Rural Architecture Museum and Ethnographic Park of Olsztynek Muzeum Budownictwa Ludowego – Park Etnograficzny w Olsztynku Olsztynek Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship
Museum of Koszalin Muzeum w Koszalinie Koszalin Town of Koszalin
Regional Museum of Bydgoszcz Muzeum Okręgowe w Bydgoszczy Bydgoszcz City of Bydgoszcz
Nicolaus Copernicus Museum Muzeum Mikołaja Kopernika Frombork Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship
Rural Culture Museum of Kolbuszowa Muzeum Kultury Ludowej w Kolbuszowej Kolbuszowa Subcarpathian Voivodeship
Vistulan Ethnographic Park and Lipowiec Castle Nadwiślański Park Etnograficzny w Wygiełzowie i Zamek Lipowiec Wygiełzów Lesser Poland Voivodeship and Chrzanów Commune
National Museum of Szczecin Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie Szczecin Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and West Pomeranian Voivodeship
Oravian Ethnographic Park Orawski Park Etnograficzny Zubrzyca Górna Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Historical and Ethnographic Museum of Chojnice Muzeum Historyczno-Etnograficzne w Chojnicach Chojnice Chojnice County
Second World War Museum (under construction) Muzeum II Wojny Światowej (w organizacji) Gdańsk Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Museum of Northern Masovia Muzeum Północno-Mazowieckie Łomża Town of Łomża
Jagiellonian University Museum Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego Kraków Jagiellonian University
West Kashubian Museum Muzeum Zachodnio-Kaszubskie Bytów Pomeranian Voivodeship
Rural Culture Museum of Węgorzewo Muzeum Kultury Ludowej w Węgorzewie Węgorzewo Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship
National Museum of Wrocław Muzeum Narodowe w Wrocławiu Wrocław Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Museum of Zamość Muzeum Zamojskie Zamość Town of Zamość
Museum of Papermaking Muzeum Papiernictwa w Dusznikach Zdroju Duszniki Zdrój Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Central Museum of Textiles Centralne Muzeum Włókiennictwa w Łodzi Łódź City of Łódź
Museum of Architecture Muzeum Architektury we Wrocławiu Wrocław City of Wrocław
Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha Kraków Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Museum of the Masovian Countryside Muzeum Wsi Mazowieckiej w Sierpcu Sierpc Masovian Voivodeship
Walery Rzewuski Museum of the History of Photography Muzeum Historii Fotografii im. Walerego Rzewuskiego w Krakowie Kraków City of Kraków
Regional Museum of Suwałki Muzeum Okręgowe w Suwałkach Suwałki Town of Suwałki

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