History is recorded here in numismatics, old prints and maps, while the life of a Polish artist is intertwined with the most important moments of 20th-century Europe.
The 19th-century mansion of the Czapski family houses an exhibition, research, and educational centre devoted to numismatics. The permanent exhibition includes over 2500 precious coins, medals, and banknotes complemented by temporary presentations of old prints and maps. The history of the museum is connected with the person of a collector, Count Emeryk Hutten-Czapski (1828–96) – a bibliophile, collector of prints, works of arts, and Polish mementoes, yet, primarily the man behind the most precious Polish collection of numismatics ever. After his death, a private museum was opened in a pavilion attached to the mansion, which the family later decided to entrust to the National Museum. The mansion (also known as a palace) is surrounded by a beautiful garden, where the modern Józef Czapski Pavilion devoted to the collector’s grandson, an eminent intellectual connected with the Kultura journal published in Paris, writer, painter, and art critic. The permanent multimedia exhibition presented here, albeit small, goes far beyond the story of the life of an individual as it witnesses the dramatic history of Europe in the 20th century.
Tickets: normal PLN 9, concessions PLN 5, family PLN 19, admission free on Sunday