Culture in Warsaw

At first glance, Warsaw doesn't appear like an interesting destination compared to other European capitals since it was decimated during the war and rebuilt during communism. Thus, without a defined city centre, its cultural life is now spread out rather haphazardly across the city. A lot of these new hot spots are hard to find as many are located in courtyards, former factories, train ticket stations and dark backstreets. However, Warsaw has the largest cultural budget in the country, and there is more going on now than ever before. Though Krakow may be considered Poland's "cultural capital," Warsaw has actually often eclipsed its southern relative in the arts. Two cultural heydays of Poland's capital stand above the rest: the years under the country's last King, Stanislaus Poniatowski as well as the inter-war period, when the city was dubbed the Paris of the East. Now, after a challenging twentieth century, Warsaw is back and more vibrant than ever! Festivals, cultural institutes, museums, galleries, theatres, all that you can handle... we'll help you find the best.

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Top rated culture in Warsaw

Warsaw Philharmonic

Historic Concert Hall that hosts a range of events

Music Venue     City Centre

Teatr Sabat Revue Show

Musical performances with a superb dinner

Theatre     Royal Way

Wilanow Poster Museum

Poster your soul

Museum     Wilanow

Fabryka Trzciny

Artistic centre, live music, and theatre complex

Cultural Centre     Old Town

National Museum

The mother of Warsaw's museums

Museum     City Centre

Wilanow Palace Museum

A Hero's Home

Museum     Wilanow

Lazienki Palace

The Palace on the Water

Museum     Lazienki

Yours Gallery

Leading photographic gallery in the Centre of Town

Gallery     City Centre

Zachęta National Gallery of Art

A mecca for contemporary art lovers

Gallery     City Centre


The Raster Commonroom of Art

Gallery     City Centre

Royal Castle

Warsaw's home for royalty

Museum     Old Town

Teatr Wielki

The biggest and the baddest

Theatre     City Centre

Centre for Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art Mecca

Gallery     City Centre


Musical Galaxy on the Market Square

Institute     Old Town

Galeria Foksal

Modern art marvels

Gallery     Royal Way

Fryderyk Chopin Museum

Everything Chopin

Museum     Old Town

Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue

A palm tree in Poland?!? Yup...

Monument     New Town

Horseriding and Hunting

Field, Forest and Manor

Museum     Lazienki

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

The hub of Polish modern art

Museum     City Center


Distinguished theatre with a Cycling Pedigree

Theatre     City Centre


Sass and style on Mokotowksa street

Theatre     City Centre


We got culture, yes we do...

Institute     City Centre

Studium Teatralne

Experimental force in Warsaw theatre

Theatre     Praga

Montownia Artistic Centre

The arthouse of (live) theatres

Theatre     City Centre

British Council

On Her Majesty's Not So Secret Service

Institute     City Centre

Biblioteka Narodowa

The largest library in the country

Library     Mokotow

Galeria Dzialan

Distinguished bastion of modern art

Gallery     Mokotow

Teatr Sabat

Musical performances with a superb dinner

Theatre     Royal Way


Leading theatre with a bombastic legacy

Theatre     City Centre


Wide-ranging cultural foundation for fresh art

Cultural Venue     City Centre


Sculpture oasis south of Warsaw

Gallery     Further out

Syrena Theatre

Prestigious theatre by Lazienki Park

Theatre     City Centre

Austrian Culture Institute

Austrian culture, Varsovian downtown

Institute     City Centre

Cervantes Institute

Warsaw learns about Espain

Institute     City Centre

Czech Centre

Check out those cheeky Czechs

Institute     City Centre

French Institute

More than just Frogs legs and Fragonard

Institute     City Centre

Goethe Institute

Your source for everything German

Institute     City Centre

Hungarian Institute

Adventures into Hungarian culture

Institute     City Centre

Italian Institute

Check out the bellisimo Istituto!

Institute     City Centre

Russian Culture Center

Got you sayin',

Institute     Mokotow


Critics of the world unite!

Gallery     Royal Way


Historic theatre offering drama and opera

Theatre     City Centre


To see or not to see, that is the question

Theatre     Praga

Le Guern Gallery

Leading modern art gallery on Widok

Gallery     City Centre

Museum of Interiors

Old school living

Museum     Otwock Wielki

Museum of the History of Polish Jews

A memorable and thought-provoking experience


Palace of Culture


Museum     Old Town

Studio Buffo

Lively theatre with a musical edge

Theatre     City Centre

Galeria SD Wilanow

Respected gallery in Wilanow

Gallery     Wilanow

Galeria SD Mokotow

Always a step ahead with new exhibits

Gallery     Mokotow

Galeria SD Panorama

The first of many

Gallery     Sadyba

Bulgarian Culture Center

Bulgarian bastion in Warsaw

Institute     City Centre

Jewish Warsaw

Jewish Tour of Warsaw

Tours     Old Town

Warsaw City Tours

Tour Warsaw's Main Attractions On A Double Decker Bus

Bus Tours     Old Town

Invisible Exhibition

Open your eyes to blindness


Centrum Kultur Świata

Music, dance and traditional ethnic culture

Arts centre
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