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Historical Art Department

Opening hours:
  •  Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00
  •  Thursday: 12.00 - 19.00
  • Regular ticket - 10zł
  • Concession ticket - 6zł
  • Family ticket - 18zł
  • Audio-guide - 13zł

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     The Gdańsk National Museum’s Historical Art Department is housed in a post-monastery building which was originally used by the Franciscan Order. In 1556, the last Prussian curator Johann Rolaw handed the church and monastery over to the city authorities on condition that the building would be used “exclusively for scientific purposes.” And science serve it did. In time, it became the seat of the famous Town Council Library and the Academic Gymnasium, also known as the Gdańsk Ateneum, which was where the city’s future elite would be educated.

     In the 19th century, during the Napoleonic Wars, the army was stationed in the post-monastery building. Some of the rooms were turned into stables, storerooms and a field hospital. The Gothic buildings got badly damaged in the process. Fortunately, in 1845 Rudolf Freitag, a sculptor and art lover, moved into the ruined building to live there for many years. He doggedly strove to prevent this witness of history from being torn down and in 1872 turned it into a museum, which we can enjoy to this day.

     The post-Franciscan building has traditionally been a place of historical art exhibitions. We can visit its galleries of gold, silver and ceramic art; exquisite Flemish and Netherlandish painting, as well as the works of Gdańsk painters. Once at our museum, you’ve got to ponder the message of The Last Judgement, the Medieval masterpiece by Hans Memling.

     We all know that it is no easy task to fully comprehend or interpret works of art. This is why we give you a chance of touring the Museum with our EasyGuide, so that you can easily find out more about the exhibits you see to make your interpretation easier and your experience more enjoyable.

And so ...listen to what history has to say.