Gray Sundays in Warsaw: National Ethnographic Museum
It was a gray Saturday, but they count too. In fact, it had been cold and gray all week, so I insisted on an expedition, and picked the National Ethnographic Museum because it happened to be open.
“Ethnological” or “ethnographic” museums are a European concept. Basically, they are big collections of whatever folk art or other ethnically specific type stuff someone has bequeathed to the museum! This particular collection focuses on Polish cultural heritage, but includes a lot of other items from around the world. It’s a bit random, but lots of fun. I agree with Warsaw in Your Pocket’s assessment that this an often-overlooked jewel in the city.
Since the website is only in Polish, I fully expected that the exhibits would be only in Polish. To my pleasant surprise, almost all of them had been translated, and quite well. We really enjoyed our visit, although it did really make me want to go shopping. Note to self: find the flea markets, and soon!