The Ostrogski Castle or the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw ©Jorge Lascar/Flick

In the center of Warsaw stands an impressing building first defensive structure known as the Ostrogski Castle. It was built in the late sixteenth century on the initiative of the oligarch of Krakow, Prince Janusz Ostrogski.

Since the construction of the palace began only after the death of Prince Ostrogski, the building was bought in the early 1680s by the Deputy Chancellor of the Crown, Jan Gninski, who decided to build a residence according to the plans of architect Tylman de Gameren. In the early eighteenth century, the castle owner, Marcin Zamoyski reconstructed the edifice in baroque style and later it became a headquarter of the police.

It also was a youth hostel at a time, and eventually, a shelter for street people. In 1858 the castle was renovated to become the home of the Institute of Music and in the early twentieth century to the south wing was added a pavilion for concerts. The Ostrogski Palace existed in this form until the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 and after the Second World War it has been totally restored.

The Ostrogoski Castle today

Today the Ostrogski Castle in Warsaw delight the eye with its exterior that is a reminder of the city’s tumultuous history and with its baroque interior. According to the legend, in the galleries under the castle is buried a treasure and on the underground lakes supposedly swam a Golden Duck, which told anyone who found it where these precious objects were hidden. In front of the building is the statue of the Golden Duck, one of the most popular legendary creatures of Warsaw.

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw ©Jorge Lascar/Flick

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum

Hosted in the Ostrogski Palace, the Fryderyk Chopin Museum is a real jewel in Baroque classical style and was initiated by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in 1934, when a number of important representatives of culture began buying and collecting manuscripts from the relatives of the famous composer.

Fryderyk Chopin

Fryderyk Chopin ©cliff1066™/Flick

The entire collection is exhibited in 15 rooms, each creating the impression of a “mini-museum” that offers visitors the opportunity to experience Chopin’s life, to take a walk through Warsaw, to listen to the birds chirping in “Nohant” , to enjoy the smell violets, which were the favorite flowers of the composer, to listen the works of the composer. You also have the chance to watch the room where he died, conceived as a big black box.

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum is opened to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, between 11.00 – 18.00 and the price of a ticket is ranging from 13 to 22 zlotys/person. The entance is free every Tuesday.

Piano at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum

Piano at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum © www.itineri.de/Flick

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