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  The Arsenal
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As the name suggests, the building of the Arsenal, built in the early baroque style, was always used for military purposes. The place is best known for its role in the Kosciuszko Uprising in 1794 and the November Uprising of 1831, when it was taken over by the officer cadets at the very start of the uprising. Later for over a hundred years it was used as a prison and then in 1938 as the Municipal Archive. In August 1944 the building became a bastion for the Home Army (AK) partisans. Burnt down together with the archives soon afterwards, it was rebuilt after the war and now houses the Archaeological Museum.
The Museum's exhibits include a diorama of Biskupin, the famous Polish early Iron Age settlement and the interior of one of the houses, many artefacts from the ancient history of Poland, and brilliant copies of elements of Romanesque architecture in Poland, such as for instance the famous Gate of Gniezno (Drzwi Gnieznienskie).
If you are looking for an original souvenir from Poland, you can get a replica of some of the exhibits in the museum shop.
Opening hours: Mon.- Thu. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Fri. - 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sun. - 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Address: Dluga 52, 00-241 Warszawa
Directions: Near the underground station Ratusz
Phone: (022) 8311537
Website: http://pma.pl/

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  • Updated Mar 10, 2008
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