Tuesday is the day of free entry to permanent exhibitions at the NMK.
The cafe and reading room in the Józef Czapski Pavilion are open Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 18.00, Saturday - Sunday 10.00 - 19.00. Monday - closed.
The museum is closed on Mondays.
On December 15, 2022 (i.e. Thursday) the Branch will be open until 12:30. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Seals and seal matrices are two closely related concepts; the former is a sign (either graphic or in the form of an inscription) representing an individual or institution and indicating individual property, while a seal matrix is the object with which this sign is created and repeated. We commonly call a seal any kind of stamped or embossed sign, regardless of the material it is made of.
From their very beginnings, medals have been close to the hearts of those who receive them – quite literally! They were often meant to be held in the hand, and to be passed from hand to hand (either in official ceremonies or during private events), or sent by post, or even … tossed out into gathered crowds. They were used in a variety of ways also. They were sometimes piously stored in small cases, or ostentatiously worn on the chest, everyday items were decorated with them, or they were interred in graves along with the deceased. They accompanied people during family celebrations such as baptisms, weddings and funerals, but also lent a celebratory touch to official ceremonies. Their purpose was to commemorate events and individuals, thus they were mementos of a personal nature in every sense.
The Numismatic Room was established in 1883. The initially modest collection expanded mainly thanks to the generosity of private benefactors such as Henryk Bukowski. The 1903 donation of Emeryk Hutten-Czapski's collection resulted in a radical change in the rank of the Room, which became the repository of the most representative collection of Polish coins, medals and banknotes, featuring a number of unique objects (e.g. Bolesław Chrobry's GNEZDVN CIVITAS denarius or Władysław Łokietek's ducat).
The manuscripts collection was initiated through a donation from the Czapski family in form of Emeryk Hutten-Czapski's library containing over eight thousand items.