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This time, we will be in Warsaw.
Frederic Chopin Museum
We would like to introduce you to the
At the Chopin Museum, visitors can see the pianos Chopin played during his lifetime, as well as a number of valuable collections.
The Chopin Museum is not just an ordinary museum that displays the Chopin collection.
Visitors are given an IC card before entering, and there are many tricks to enjoy while touching it.
Surprisingly, the museum is modern, and even I, who am not familiar with classical music, enjoyed it.
This article will give you basic information about the Chopin Museum, including what to see, how to get there, and how to purchase tickets.
What is the Frederic Chopin Museum?
The museum provides visitors with an insight into Chopin’s life.
Almost the entire five-story building is devoted to Chopin-related exhibits.
There are 430 exhibits carefully selected from a collection of more than 7,500 items, as well as a device that makes sounds and music when touched with an IC card, and an area where visitors can listen to Chopin’s music at their leisure.
Who is Frédéric Chopin?
Chopin is a well-known composer and pianist.
He was such a prodigy that he began composing music even before he was eight years old.
Most of Chopin’s compositions are solo piano pieces ( pieces for solo piano).
Therefore, it is said that he is also called
The Poet at the Piano
is also known as “the poet of the piano.
Chopin’s music is widely known beyond classical music fans.
For example, many of you may recognize this song.
Chopin and Warsaw
Chopin moved with his family to Warsaw shortly after his birth.
Chopin spent the first half of his short 39-year life in Warsaw.
They lived in the area near the old town, which is now a tourist attraction.
As a result, the city of Warsaw has many places associated with Chopin.
3 Highlights of the Warsaw Chopin Museum
Here are three of the highlights I actually found when I was there!
I am not that familiar with Chopin or classical music, so perhaps Chopin lovers will focus on something else more ^^;
Highlights: (1) Chopin’s last piano, life-size hands, and other exhibits that bring Chopin close to you.
Inside the museum, there is a
The museum has numerous exhibits, including Chopin’s artifacts.
It would take several hours to look at it carefully.
Perhaps the most valuable exhibit in the museum is the piano that Chopin last played.
There was also a life-size model of a hand.
Highlights (2) Piano performance that starts just by putting down the sheet music! Many tricks for sensory enjoyment
The Chopin Museum had many interesting tricks up its sleeve.
When you buy a ticket, you are given an IC card, and when you touch it, you can listen to the commentary…
You can listen to Chopin’s music in a booth with a futuristic atmosphere…
When you put the sheet music on the piano’s music stand, it starts playing on the screen…
You don’t have to be that interested in classical music to enjoy it!
There is also an area for children.
Highlights③Letters in Chopin’s handwriting⁉Letters in Chopin’s handwriting
Of personal interest to me was the
This is a letter in Chopin’s own handwriting.
The contents are completely unreadable, but you can see that they are written in small letters.
A number of letters to his family are on display, showing his penmanship.
At the time of Chopin’s life, Poland was under Russian rule.
The country was in the midst of a period of upheaval, with revolutions and uprisings taking place in opposition to the rule.
It made me imagine that Chopin, who had left his family behind in Warsaw, might have written a long letter to them out of concern for their safety.
How to get to the Chopin Museum
It takes about 20 minutes on foot from the Old Town of Warsaw to the Chopin Museum.
The street from the old town to the museum is a beautiful European-style street lined with stores, so it is recommended to walk slowly from the old town.
How to go by bus
Get off at bus stop Ordynacka and walk about 3 minutes from there
Route number of the bus that stops
How to get there by Metro
Get off at Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet on M2 line and walk about 6 minutes from there.
Closed, hours of operation, fees, estimated length of stay
Hours of operation and holidays
Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed: (Closed on
- Closed on Mondays
*Date changes every year.
April 1, 2018
- Eucharist (Corpus Christi)
The date changes every year.
May 31 in 2018
- 11/1 All Saints’ Day
- 12/25 Christmas
Please check the official website before you go.
22 zloty (about 660 yen)
Free Day on Wednesdays
Estimated length of stay
1 to 3 hours
It takes about an hour for a quick look.
If you try to read the description carefully, two to three hours can quickly pass.
Proceed through the entrance and down the stairs on your left to find the cloakroom.
The museum is spacious, so it is recommended to leave all but your valuables with the museum staff and look around lightly.
How to purchase tickets and make reservations
The ticket office is on the first floor. （The museum entrance is on the second floor.)
Due to the limited number of people, admission may not be available immediately after ticket purchase.
In that case, you will have to wait for an admission slot every hour, such as from 11:00, from 12:00, and so on.
If you know what you are going to do before or after, online reservations are a must.
It is also safer to make reservations during peak periods such as summer vacation periods.
Online reservations can be made through the official website
Free admission days are crowded.
Unless you go first thing in the morning, you will most likely be admitted several hours later due to the limited number of people.
To see what it was like to go on the free admission day, please read about the experience immediately below.