Veturilo Warsaw public bikes are available from March 1. In Warsaw, there are 4500 city bicycles to rent in 300 stations. The Veturilo website is available in Polish, English, German, Russian, Ukrainian, and Spanish. You will find there an interactive station map of Warsaw (you can browse by available bikes, electric bikes, children bikes, etc.). You need to register first.
The process of selecting a new operator is in progress in Warsaw. As the tender was not completed, the current operator will remain the temporary operator in 2021. Everything is to work as before, but the city will now formally be the operator. Hence, registered Veturilo users have recently received e-mails with information about the termination of the contract. The money on the current Veturilo user account is to be transferred to the new account.
Zachęta National Gallery of Art /contemporary art
Location: Muzeum życia w PRL, Piękna 28/34 Street, next to Plac (Square) Konstytucji (city center). Opening hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, Friday 12 pm – 8 pm. The Museum presents how people used to live during communist times in Poland. There are few different sections where you can experience propaganda, lifestyle, politics or ordinary day from the times. The exhibition has descriptions in Polish and English. There is also an audio guide available in English (to be downloaded on the phone). More in English about the Museum.
The National Museum
Location: The National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe), Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center), Tuesday-Sunday (10 am – 6 pm). Free entrance until February 7. Our tips in English about visiting the National Museum.
The Ethnographic Museum
Location: Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center). Free entrance of Thursdays. Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. The exhibitions include folk costumes from Poland and from around the world, ritual accessories, fabrics, decorative ceramics, woodcarving, historic instruments, toys, paper cut-outs, etc. as well as temporary exhibitions. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.
The Museum for Children
Location: Museum for Children is a part of the Ethnographic Museum, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center). Free entrance of Thursdays. Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. Children up to 7 free entrance. Current exhibition for children until April 30, 2021: “Eureka – discovery time!” exhibition connecting the worlds of philosophy and art. More in English about the current exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum for Children.
The exhibitions/museums in Łazienki
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, opening hours Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4.30 pm. Free entrance on Fridays (you will need to get a free pass at the ticket office). Click here to read our tips in English.
The Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art
Location: Zamek Ujazdowski, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Jazdów 2 Street (the castle close to Agrykola Park and Łazienki Park). Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11 am – 6 pm; Thursday and Friday 12 pm – 8 pm; Saturday 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Free entrance on Thursdays. More in English about the Gallery.
The Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw
Location: Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance on Wednesday. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Chopin Museum.
The Warsaw Royal Castle
Location: Zamek Królewski, Plac Zamkowy 4 / Castle Square 4. Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. Free entrance on Wednesday (you will need to get a free pass at the ticket office). Ticket prices: 30 PLN (regular) and 20 PLN (reduced). The ticket price includes an audioguide. Our tips in English on visiting the Castle.
The Polish Army Museum
Location: Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, Al. Jerozolimskie 3 (city center). Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Free entrance on Thursdays. The open-air exhibition (artillery, armored equipment, naval equipment, airplanes, helicopters, missile weapons) located in the park next to the Museum is open Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm. Admission to the outdoor exhibition is free. More in English about the Museum.
The Museum of Polish Military Technology
Location: Muzeum Polskiej Techniki Wojskowej, Powsińska 13 (Mokotów/Sadyba). Outdoor exhibition, opening hours: open every day, 10 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Facebook page in Polish.
The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów). Opening hours: Thursday, Friday (10 am – 4 pm); Saturday, Sunday (10 am – 6 pm). The Museum is closed every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Free entrance on Thursday. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum. Our featured story on visiting the Museum with children.
The Museum of Asia and Pacific
Location: Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku, Solec 24A Street (Powiśle). You can visit a permanent exhibition “Sound Zone”. The exhibition presents 120 musical instruments originating from various Asian countries. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 pm – 6 pm, free entrance until March 11. More in English about the Exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Museum.
The Museum of Warsaw
Location: Muzeum Warszawy, Rynek Starego Miasta 28-42 (the Old Town Market Square), free admission for the first week and 50% discount in the following weeks (until further notice), online tickets, Thursday-Sunday (11 am – 8 pm). More in English about the Museum.
The Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (Wilanów), online tickets (children up to 7 free entrance; admission free on Thursdays), open on Thursday (11 am – 3 pm) and Saturday & Sunday (10 am – 3 pm). Click here to read our in English about the museum and the illuminations festival in Wilanów.
The Museum of Modern Art
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank). Opening hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12 pm – 7 pm; Friday 12 pm – 8 pm; Saturday 11 am – 8 pm; Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Regular ticket: 5 PLN, reduced ticket: 2 PLN. A new exhibition: “Henryk Streng/Marek Włodarski and Polish–Jewish Modernism” (Facebook event in English, Ukrainian, and Polish). More in English about the exhibition. The Exhibition runs from February 5 until May 9, 2021.
The Natural History Museum/Museum of Evolution
Location: Muzeum Ewolucji, the Palace of Culture and Science, entrance from Świętokrzyska Street (city center). Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm. Please note that the Museum is relatively old and needs some investments. However, kids that are fascinated with dinosaurs will love it anyway. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum.
The Copernicus Science Center
Location: Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle). Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am – 7 pm. Our tips in English on visiting the Center.
The Neon Museum
Location: Muzeum Neonów, Soho Factory, Mińska 25 Street, building no. 55 (Praga). Opening hours: Saturday 1.30 pm – 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. Regular ticket 15 PLN, reduced ticket 12 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. The Neon Muzeum is dedicated to the documentation and the preservation of Cold War era neon signs. More in English about the Museum.
The Geological Museum
Location: Muzeum Geologiczne, Rakowiecka 4 Street, entrance from Wiśniowa Street (Mokotów). Opening hours: every Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm, free entrance. There are mainly rocks and minerals displayed but kids will enjoy for sure some huge fossils, skeletons of Ice Age animals, a cave or model of a dinosaur featured in the Jurassic Park (Dilophosaurus). The Museum is spacious and airy, and you will hear loud WOW when your kids see the skeletons. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum.
The Warsaw Railway Museum
Location: Stacja Muzeum, Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), open every day, 9 am – 5 pm. Free entrance on Mondays, children up to 7 free entrance. The museum is located in the former main train station in Warsaw, at the junction of three districts: Wola, Śródmieście, and Ochota. In addition to the exhibition inside the building (the history of railways in Poland and in the world), 50 rail vehicles built in different periods of history can be seen on the platforms of the former railway station. Online tickets. The Museum website in English.
The Warsaw Rising Museum
Location: Muzeum Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie, Grzybowska 79 Street (city center/Wola). Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm, the Museum is closed on Tuesdays. Free admission on Monday (you will need to get a free pass at the ticket office). More in English about the Museum.
The Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum
Location: Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, Freta 16 Street (the Old Town), free admission on Tuesday. Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12 pm – 5 pm. More in English about the Museum.
The exhibition of live spiders and scorpions
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, open every day, 10 am – 7 pm, online tickets: regular 22 PLN, reduced 18 PLN, family 2+2 60 PLN, children up to 4 free entrance. Each weekend (at 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm) the visitors can hold a spider (the most gentle tarantula) in the hand and take close photographs with the assist of an exhibition employee. More in Polish about the Exhibition. Facebook event in Polish.
The Museum “World of Illusion”
Location: Świat Iluzji, Rynek Starego Miasta 21 (the Old Town Market Square). Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 12 pm – 7 pm, Friday 12 pm – 8 pm, Saturday-Sunday 11 am – 8 pm, online tickets. More in English about the Museum.
“The Art of Banksy” Exhibition
Location: Plac Konesera, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga). Opening hours: Monday – Friday 12 pm – 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm. The exhibition shows more than 70 of Banksy’s works (probably the most famous and also most mysterious graffiti artist in the world) – prints, photos, sculptures and many more. Online tickets (children up to 6 free entrance). More in English about the Exhibition.
Be Happy Museum – Selfie Point
Location: Atrium Reduta shopping center, al. Jerozolimskie 148 Street (Ochota), opening hours Monday – Saturday 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday 10 am – 8 pm, online tickets. Dozens of scenes to take photos and rooms with the illusion (e.g. a pool with Marshmallow foams, a banana swing, magical unicorns). More in English about the Museum.
Selfie Museum Warsaw
Location: Grzybowska 80/82 Street (city center), opening hours Monday – Tuesday 10 am – 8 pm, Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm. To book a slot/visit contact Selfie Museum via their Facebook, Instagram or phone (+48 537 106 459).
A year-round artificial ski slope in Ochota
Location: Górka Szczęśliwicka, Park Szczęśliwicki, Drawska 22 Street (Ochota). Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm (open every day). The height of the slope is 74.9 m, the length of the run is 227 m, a plate lift and a chairlift available. It’s worth going there from Monday to Friday. Please be advised that there is a lot of interest at the weekend (especially between 10 am – 2 pm) and the waiting time for the lifts is extended. Contacts to ski and snowboard schools. Information about ski and snowboard equipment rental and ski service (payment only in cash). Website and Facebook page in Polish.
Screenings at the Warsaw planetarium
Location: Planetarium in Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle). The Planetarium screens films for adults and kids at a different age – some for 3+ audiences and some shows for teenagers (2D and 3D screenings). All ticketed films and screenings at the Planetarium are available in English (except “Where the Dragons Lived”/Tam, gdzie żyły smoki) and some are available in Russian too. The current repertoire in English, online tickets. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Planetarium.
The birthplace of Frederic Chopin and park in Żelazowa Wola
Location: Chopin Museum and Park, 96-503 Sochaczew, Żelazowa Wola 15 (60 km from Warsaw). Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm (the Museum is closed on Mondays). The number of visitors is limited to 600 people at the same time in the park and 10 in the Chopin annex. Free entrance on Wednesday, online tickets. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.
The Viewing Platform of the Palace of Culture and Science
Location: Plac Defilad 1 (city center). The platform is located on the 30th floor (114 m high) of the Palace of Culture and Science. Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm. Online tickets. Our tips about visiting the platform.
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm. Last admission one hour before the Zoo closes. Online tickets. The Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays! Two entrances/exits are open: from Ratuszowa Street and from the Gdański Bridge. The ticket office on the side of Gdańsk Bridge is open only on Fridays and weekends. Website in English.
Mini zoo/petting zoo
Location: Mini Zoo, Kolorowa 19 lok. 156 Street, poziom/level -1 (Ursus), Monday – Friday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. At the Mini Zoo, you can feed and stroke the animals. The visits take place in the company of a Mini ZOO employee who will show and teach how to deal with animals. The Mini Zoo is located in the indoor heated room; tickets available for purchase on-site, no reservation is required. Facebook page. Website in Polish.
The Garden of the Royal Castle
Location: the Garden is located at the back of the Castle. You can enter the lower garden from Wisłostrada Street / the Vistula Boulevard side. Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm. Free entrance. More about the Gardens of the Royal Castle in our post.
Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin
Location: Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin. The Garden is located in Powsin, in the suburbs of Warsaw – between Wilanów and Konstancin. Opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm (weekends), 10 am – 4 pm (Monday-Friday). The orangery opening hours: 10 am – 4 pm. In winter, only the main entrance is open, from Prawdziwka 2 Street (the entrance from the Culture Park in Powsin/Park Kultury w Powsinie is closed). Our tips on visiting the Garden (ticket info, location, photos).
The Łazienki Royal Garden
Location: Agrykola 1 Street (city center). The park is open every day: 6 am – 8 pm, free entrance. More about the Łazienki Park in our post.
The Foreign Languages Library
Location: Meissnera 5 Street (Praga). The Library is reopened from December 1. All are welcome! Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1 pm – 7 pm; Tuesday, Thursday 10 am – 4 pm. It’s the biggest library in Warsaw offering books in different foreign languages Library. It has over 50,000 books, audiobooks, and films, including books for children and teenagers. Most of their collection is in English but there are also books in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Croatian. Facebook page in Polish & English. Website in Polish and English.
Park of the King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (Wilanów). The park is a part of the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace – a baroque summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski and his wife, Queen Maria Kazimiera. It’s a vast park (45 hectares!) with gardens of different styles (Baroque, English landscape garden, rose garden, Anglo-Chinese garden) as well as Wilanowskie Lake, and lots of beautiful nature. The park’s opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm (last entry 3 pm). Regular ticket 7 PLN, reduced ticket 4 PLN (children up to 7 years old – free entrance), tickets for children from the European Union – 1 PLN. The ticket area begins in the courtyard (it used to be free). On Thursdays free admission based on tickets to be collected at the ticket office and ticket machines. It’s recommended to buy tickets online. More about the park and beautiful photos in our post.
Although March is technically the beginning of spring, it’s usually still cold in Poland and the weather changes often – one week you feel as if spring is just around the corner, and next week there is snow and frost. You can have all kinds of weather in March in Poland. There is an old Polish proverb that says ‘W marcu jak w garncu‘, meaning ‘March is like a pot’ (we can have anything).
The average monthly temperature in March in Poland is 3,2°C / 37.8°F, average monthly rainfall level is 37,5 mm (the third lowest after February and April).
Nature starts slowly to come back to life. You may notice first flowers blooming: white snowdrops (przebiśnieg) and yellow, white or purple crocuses (krokus). Another symbol of early spring in Poland – willow twigs with buds (bazie). You may notice them in almost every park in Poland or buy a willow twigs bunch at any florist or shopping market.