Palace in Wilanów

Palace in Wilanów. Jan III Sobieski he became the king of Poland in the 1676 year and almost immediately began to create a summer residence in the countryside, where he will be able to relax in the bosom of nature. So he bought a nearby village, Milanow and gave it a name Villa Nova. We call this place today Wilanow.

There was a manor house here, which the king decided to rebuild into a baroque residence.

Another owner, Elżbieta Sieniawska, she added two side wings to the Wilanów Palace, and in times Izabela Lubomirska the so-called Bathroom of the Speaker.


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Sightseeing ROUTE 1

White Hall

In 1730, the Palace in Wilanów was leased by King August II the Strong, and it was then that the most impressive interior was created, i.e. the White Room. It contains images of successive owners and people associated with the Wilanów Palace.

White Hall

Garden galleries

The former cloisters of the Wilanów Palace are today the North and South Galleries. The frescoes by Michelangelo Palloni here show the adventures of Cupid and Psyche, which allude to the feeling between Jan Sobieski and Marysieńka. Today it houses the Lapidarium.

King Jan III's apartments

These include: Library, Anticamera, Bedroom, Chinese Cabinet and Dressing Room. The rich book collection of the king was transferred from Libraries Wilanów Palace to his family estate in Żółkiew, and here a thematic catalog of books has been preserved, placed on the ceiling and walls. Under each portrait placed here, there was a bookcase with thematically corresponding books. The tricolor marble floor dates back to the times of Jan III and uses an illusion effect

the palace in wilanów The apartments of King Jan III

Antechamber it was a former hall, where it was expected to talk to the king.

Such meetings could also take place in bedroomand the interior decoration confirmed the position of the ruler. The decorations of the Antykamera and King's Bedroom ceilings are among the most valuable monuments of the Baroque in Poland.

They are located in the alcove of the Wilanów Palace Wardrobe i Chinese cabinet, because from the XNUMXth century there was a fashion in Europe for the so-called chinoiserie. Today's interior of the Chinese Cabinet comes from the times of Augustus II the Strong.

Dutch Cabinet

Works by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters were exhibited in the Dutch Cabinet. The present interior, with the use of illusionist painting, comes from the times of King Augustus II. 

Great Hall

It was a representative room of the Wilanów Palace, used as a dining room.

Queen Marie Casimire's apartments

The former queen's apartment in the Wilanów Palace consists of: Antykamera, Bedroom, Gabinet al Fresco, Antigabinet and Mirror Cabinet. The layout of the rooms is a symmetrical reflection of the king's apartments. Presented on the plafond of St. bedroom Flora, the goddess, invokes Maria Kazimiera herself.

W Mirror Cabinet plafon contains cryptoportrets of Maria Kazimiera and her sons.

"Al fresco" office it has preserved the original 1955th-century wall paintings, only unveiled in XNUMX.

Potocki Museum

Stanisław Kostka Potocki was the owner of Wilanów in the years 1799–1821. In 1805, he made his own art collection located in the Wilanów Palace available to the public.

W Etruscan Cabinet iw Lapidarium antiquities were exhibited. Today, there are over 100 ancient vases from Italy, Etruria and Athens.

Italian, French, Flemish and German paintings were also presented here.

The Cabinets of Antiquities present a rich collection of vases and Egyptian collections.

palace in Wilanów

Sightseeing ROUTE 1

Marszałkowa Lubomirska Apartments

The Hall, the Living Room, the Golden Bedroom and the Bathing Pavilion are the former private rooms of Marshal Izabela Lubomirska, decorated in accordance with the latest fashion trends. Lubomirska was the owner of the Wilanów Palace in the years 1771–1799.

Then the Bathing Pavilion with a marble, free-standing bathtub was built.

Chinese and Hunting Rooms

Decor Chinese rooms They come from the 80s, when it was a private apartment of the owners of the Wilanów Palace. Today, as before, there are Chinese-style furniture, as well as a collection of Far Eastern art. These rooms refer to the old curiosities cabinets.

Hunting Rooms they refer to the décor of former hunting palaces. In the nineteenth century, it was the office of August Potocki, who was passionate about hunting.

Ceramics and European glass are presented in neighboring Sieni.

The collection of silverware presents utility items from the turn of the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.

Warehouse Gallery

The gallery is located in a building adjacent to the southern wing of the Wilanów Palace and presents works of goldsmith's art, wall fabrics from royal apartments, Far Eastern and enameled items, porcelain and watercolors.

Living rooms on the mezzanine

Hallway, Medium Room and Quiet Room are rooms of a residential character. Medium Room it was intended for royal children, and the wooden ceiling is decorated with polychromes with the coats of arms of Jan III and Maria Kazimiera. Quiet room it is located above the King's Bedroom and was used as a guest suite.

Locci rooms

These are two corner offices of Augustyn Locci, the king's court secretary. XNUMXth-century beam ceilings have been preserved here.

Farfurowy Cabinet and Cabinet with Three Windows

The Farfurowe Cabinet and the Three Windows Cabinet served as living quarters. The Farfurowe Cabinet is so called because of the faience tiles from 1690 that cover the walls and are decorated with genre scenes.

Banquet Hall

The Banquet Hall was built during the life of Jan III and served as representative, scenic, and even a billiard room.


The facade of the Wilanów Palace from the courtyard side is official and has a triumphant iconographic program.

The facade from the side of the garden was accessible to a smaller group of recipients and contains the prophetic content of the glory of the Republic under the rule of the Sobieski family.

Interesting facts

-The famous astronomer, Jan Heweliusz, named the star constellation he discovered "Scutum Sobiescianum" ("Sobieski's Shield"). It is composed of 7 stars, which symbolizes the then (in 1684) Sobieski family: Jan and Maria Kazimiera and their five children: Jakub, Teresa, Aleksander, Konstanty and Jan.

-Jan III, together with the construction of the Palace in Wilanów, established beautiful gardens, a farm with outbuildings and a game park.

-The king personally tended the plants, planted trees, and then spent long hours in the gardens.

-Jan III died at the Wilanów Palace. The era of Jan III was considered the last moment of glory and power of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Palace and garden complex

The Summer Palace in Wilanów of King Jan III, together with an extensive baroque landscape layout, is today 45 hectares. In addition to the buildings, there are gardens and parks: the Northern Garden, the Baroque Garden with two terraces, the Rose Garden, two landscape parks: Northern and Southern, and the Orangery.


The area in front of the courtyard of the Wilanów Palace consists of quarters with vegetation and several buildings: the symbolic Potocki Mausoleum, the Caretaker's House (Museum ticket office), the Lanci House and the Szenicówka (Villa Intrata).


In front of the Wilanów Palace there is a vast oval lawn (lawn) surrounded by an access road. Magnolias and small-leaved lime are the pride of this place.

Northern Garden

The present garden at the Wilanów Palace was built on the site of the former fructification garden, where King Jan III grew fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. In the western part of the garden there is the Gaj Akademosa for relaxation, designed in the mid-nineteenth century.

the palace in wilanów The Northern Garden

Baroque garden

The oldest part of the complex is divided into an upper and lower terrace, running towards Lake Wilanów.

The upper terrace refers to the XNUMXth-century layout, where apart from the baroque flora, there are also orange trees and exotic plants in oak pots.

The lower terrace consists of four geometric quarters with alleys leading towards Lake Wilanowskie, along which there is a promenade.

Rose Garden

The Rose Garden was also established on the site of the former fructifying gardens. The quarters are surrounded by low boxwood hedges and planted with historic varieties of English and French roses.

Landscape park south

At the end of the 200th century, on the site of the former farm of King Jan III, an English-Chinese landscape-style garden was built, which was enlarged by the next owners and enriched with a brick bridge, cascade, column with a Maltese cross, obelisk with an urn, a memorial stone and a sarcophagus . The buildings of the former farm have also been preserved here: Dom Podstarościego and Holendernia. It is here that the oldest XNUMX-year-old oaks in the park grow.

Northern landscape park

During the reign of Stanisław Kostka Potocki, the park was enlarged and named Morysin. Objects designed to resemble distant times have been situated on a variety of terrain, incl. : Chinese gazebo, Roman bridge or Monument to the Battle of Raszyńska.

Garden at the Orangery

The garden adjacent to the Orangery was established on the site of a wooden church and cemetery.

Morysin Nature Reserve

The name comes from the name of Stanisław Kostka Potocki's grandson - Maurycy, known as Morys. A reserve has been created here to protect the natural values ​​of this place. Valuable forest communities called riparian forests have developed here. They create excellent habitats for fungi, insects and birds.

Jan Sobieski had his zoo here, where he bred fallow deer, hunted and rested.

Stanisław Kostka Potocki and his wife Aleksandra established a romantic park here.

Museum lessons

Museum lessons at the Wilanów Palace are meetings with art, history, culture, nature and tradition.


Classes are conducted in selected parts of the permanent exhibition of the Wilanów Palace.


These classes deepen the knowledge of the chosen topic. They take place in the hall, educational tent or at the museum exhibition


Participants learn the secrets of animals and plants, and perform simple experiments. Classes are conducted outdoors and in the educational room.


They broaden and combine knowledge about nature with fun.


Various aspects of life in old Poland are recreated through classes in calligraphy, printing and cooking old Polish dishes.

Activities for adults

These are themed walks and workshops for adults interested in living at the Wilanów Palace.

For students and teachers

- e-learning materials

- online multimedia textbooks


- lesson scenarios

Classes conducted at the Wilanów Palace are adapted to the needs of disabled people.

Topics of classes and workshops

Royal family (3-6 years)

- Polish and English language
- classes and educational materials adapted to the needs of people with sight, hearing and movement disabilities

Classes talk about members of the royal family and living conditions at the Wilanów Palace.

Animals, creatures and monsters (3-6 years)

Classes in the company of sphinxes, centaurs and other creatures hidden in decorations, as well as "disappearances" made by hand from yarn.

A visit to the king (6-12 years)

- classes in Polish and English
- classes and educational materials adapted to the needs of disabled people

Visiting King Jan's chambers at the Wilanów Palace, the riddle of books from the royal library, as well as period costumes: żupan ​​and kontusz, are just some of the attractions of these classes.

A visit to the Queen (6-12 years)

- classes and educational materials adapted to the needs of disabled people

The classes will help to answer the following questions: What did Queen Marysieńka delighted with, what was she worried about and what she enjoyed?

First star (6-12 years old)

Seasonal seasons

Classes telling about Christmas traditions, about where the Christmas tree came from and why Santa Claus brings gifts, as well as about the story of the birth of Jesus, presented in the paintings at the Wilanów Palace.

King warrior (8-11 years)

Walks through the royal chambers of the Wilanów Palace, which show the victories of King Jan III, the weapons he fought and the armor he wore.

Customs in old Poland (10-12 years)

A story about life in the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, during which a secret will be revealed how to tie a robe belt and whether the noble's outfit was comfortable.

Mythological code Wilanów (10-12 years)

A story about ancient gods and heroes placed in the paintings and decorations of the Wilanów Palace. This is a summary of the school material on ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

As in a Sarmatian watch (12-15 years)

Learning together how to measure time in the past, based on the collection of clocks accumulated at the Wilanów Palace.

Interiors of the palace and their symbols (13-19 years)

- classes in Polish and English
- adapted to the needs of people with disabilities

The aim of the course is to learn the content conveyed in the language of art in the decorations of the Wilanów Palace.

At the Sarmatian court (13-19 years)

The decorations of the Wilanów Palace, objects and elements of the Old Polish costume tell about the gentry tastes of King Jan III.

Wilanów pearl of the Baroque (13-19 years)

The Palace in Wilanów is a pearl of the Polish Baroque. The classes introduce the secrets of the art of the era of King Jan III.

Enamored king and queen (15-19 years)

- adapted to the needs of people with disabilities

The Wilanów Palace tells the story of the love of Jan III and Maria Kazimiera in the language of art. Preserved letters, frescoes with mythological content and palace decorations allow you to learn about old wedding customs, canons of beauty and aphrodisiacs.

Amber crown (4-7 years)

Legend has it that King Jan III once received an amber crown made by a Gdańsk artist. The classes allow you to learn about amber and make a crown of golden cardboard and precious stones.

Royal games in the royal gardens of the Wilanów Palace (4-7 years)

Outdoor activities that will bring you closer to the old days court games, fun and entertainment.

Travels in the carriage of Jan III (4-9 years)

Tales and rebuses about the journeys of the royal couple, as well as the independent execution of royal carriages.

One two Three! You look up! (6-9 years)

During the classes, participants discover the secrets hidden in the decorations on the ceilings of the Wilanów Palace. Younger children (6-8 years old) create a plaster magnet, and older children (9-12 years old) make a collage and design a ceiling lamp.

Everyday out-of-the-ordinary costumes of King Jan III (6-12 years)

Participants will learn about the XNUMXth century fashion and recognize fabrics by the texture and weave of threads, as well as design women's or men's attire.

Build a mansion (10-12 years)

The classes tell about the types of manors and their equipment, as well as about everyday life on the farm. Participants design and build a manor house out of blocks.

Inspired by nature - soap sculpting workshops (10-12 years)

The workshops introduce the world of plants and animals of the Wilanów Palace, hidden in decorations, and also allow for individual carving attempts.

Ceramic furnaces (10-15 years)

Participants will learn about bisque, faience, stoneware, majolica and porcelain products gathered in the Wilanów Palace and decorate the flagstone themselves.

I will tell you about the king (13-19 years)

The workshop allows you to create your own film about a visit to the Wilanów Palace.

-you must have your own smartphone

King gardener (3-9 years)

- classes and educational materials adapted to the needs of people with sight, hearing and movement disabilities
- outdoor events

During the course, participants will learn the rules of creating a baroque garden.

Green expedition (3-9 years)

- classes conducted in Polish and English

- adapted for people with disabilities

- outdoor events

Participants will learn about the plants and animals of the Wilanów gardens, as well as the animals' adaptation to life on land and in water.

Wilanowski's microcosm (9-12 years)

- occasional occasions (available for October 16 2019)

- take place in the palace and outdoors

During the classes, the participants will find insects for decorative objects, and then they will look for real insects in the gardens.

Wilanow Observatory of Nature (10-15 lat)

- outdoor events

- classes conducted in Polish and English

- adapted for people with disabilities

During the classes, participants observe plants and animals living in Wilanów gardens.

Classes proposed as a supplement to school material on nature.

For hunting with a rake, an arqueboon and ... binoculars (13-19 years)

- classes and educational materials adapted to the needs of people with sight, hearing and movement disabilities
- outdoor events

Participants will learn about the hunting passions of King Jan III and modern methods of bloodless hunting.

Royal element - culture and nature in the Wilanów residence (13-19 years)

- outdoor events

The classes complement the knowledge in the field of nature protection.

Styles in gardens (16-19 years)

- adapted to the needs of people with disabilities
- outdoor events

The classes show different types of garden assumptions. 

Buttonholes (4-9 years)

- outdoor events

A trip to the park, during which the participants will meet the animals that live there and then make their own pets with colorful buttons.

Meeting with the otter Worm (4-9 years)

- outdoor events

A story about an otter called Robak, who lived in the Wilanów Palace in the times of Jan III.

Mysterious garden (6-9 years old)

-outdoor game

- outdoor events

Equipped with maps, participants are looking for natural curiosities of a landscaped garden.

Natural alphabet (6-12lat)

- outdoor events

Classes discussing environmental issues.

The world of filtering daphnia (10-15 years)

- outdoor events

These are workshops devoted to organisms living in water, as well as the physicochemical properties of Lake Wilanów.

The offer is valid in 2019 year.

Culinary workshops

In old Polish cuisine - culinary workshops

During the workshops, you can get to know Old Polish cuisine, which was full of riddles and unusual flavor combinations. Under the supervision of professional chefs, participants prepare dishes according to the recipes from the first Polish cookbooks, which ends with a joint feast.

DEADLINES: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9.30 and 13.00 throughout the year

Holidays in the Old Polish cuisine - culinary workshops

During the workshops, participants will learn about old Polish Christmas dishes and, under the supervision of professional chefs, prepare old Christmas dishes. The workshops end with feasting together.

DEADLINES: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9.30 and 13.00, from March 25 to April 19, from November 18 to December 14

At the royal table - culinary and savoir-vivre workshops

Participants prepare dishes that once found their way to the royal table and learn about the rules of savoir-vivre at the table in the XNUMXth century. The classes end with a feast.

DEADLINES: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m. and 13.00 p.m., from 1 March to December 14

Tastes of Warsaw - culinary workshops

The Warsaw dishes of the 20s and 30s and a journey through the premises of old Warsaw are the subject of these workshops. Under the supervision of professional chefs, dishes will be created according to recipes from the beginning of the XNUMXth century.

TERMS: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9.30 and 13.00, from March 1 to December 14

At the table - about culture and history - savoir-vivre workshops

Workshops on the principles of good behavior at the table.

DEADLINES: Thursdays at 9.30 am and 13.00 pm, all year round

Adult classes

Thematic walks are run by museum educators and enriched with specially developed teaching materials.

Themes of walks

History and symbolism of palace interiors

Participants will learn about the Wilanów Palace, its history, artists and the famous owner, King Jan III.

The walk takes place on the 1st or 2nd sightseeing route of the Wilanów Palace.

Sarmatian culture

Getting to know the interior of the royal residence, participants discover the colorful customs of the Sarmatians.

Tales from the palace facades

Participants discover the content, dreams, successes and views of the creators and principals of the facade of the Wilanów Palace.

Wilanów Gardens

The classes present the types of garden arrangements on the example of Wilanów gardens and are enriched with didactic materials.

Organizational information:

-sPacers last to 90 min

- walks take place during the opening hours of the palace and park

-the walks do not involve visiting the entire palace and park

Workshop topics

In Scriptorium Villa Nova

- calligraphic workshops

- classes conducted in Polish and English

Participants try to write the text in English, common in the time of King Jan III, using goose feathers and nibs.

Chef's secrets

-culinary workshops

- classes conducted in Polish and English
- accessible to people with disabilities

Culinary workshops reveal the secrets of royal cuisine.

Appetite for Warsaw - kitchen of the interwar period

- classes conducted in Polish and English
- classes available for groups of people with disabilities

A story about the capital's interwar cooking traditions. Participants prepare dishes from the beginning of the XNUMXth century.

Space rental

The Wilanów Palace offers the possibility to rent interiors and gardens to organize various meetings and events, such as: conferences, trainings, galas, concerts, business meetings, corporate events or gala dinners.

Rose Garden

Rose garden - an Italian garden of the type giardino segreto (incl. secret garden)

Area: 2475 sq.m.
Maximum number of people: 150

English landscape park

English landscape park - charming nooks and romantic buildings by Lake Wilanów.

Area: 1650 sq.m.
Maximum number of people: 400

Villa Intrata

Villa Intrata - a manor house from the beginning of the XNUMXth century, consisting of representative rooms on the ground floor, an orangery, a fireplace lounge in the basement and rooms on the first floor.

Area: 355 sq.m.
Maximum number of people: 350

Events can be honored with the Old Polish menu or historical reconstruction shows.

Conference rooms

palace in Wilanów Conference rooms

- conference room made of laminated furniture board, covered with transparent lacquer, 8 table top made of modules, in venge color

- the 24 is equipped with mounting holes for multifons

-the modular system provides flexibility of arrangement

- possible layout: linear, closed, U-shaped or obtuse

- there is a possibility to rent a table in the palace (in the White Room) or transport to the indicated place

Maximum number of seats at the table: 26
Dimensions: 3 × 7 m, height 75 cm, table top width 1 m
The cost of renting: 2000 PLN net / 24 hours + cost of assembly / disassembly
(set individually)


Orangery - a building designed to organize temporary exhibitions and events

Area: 516 sq.m.
Maximum number of people: 300 / 500


Secrets of the secretary

"Secrets secretaries" - is an exhibition of three secretaries made at the beginning of the XNUMXth century in the type of English furniture. Elżbieta Sieniawska, the owner of the Wilanów Palace, liked such furniture.

This type of furniture hid its interior and contents (letters, documents, accounting books) from the uninitiated.

The exhibition presents a film showing drawers being pulled out and retracted, as well as the opening and closing of doors and secret hiding places.

The exhibition is located in the Hall of Marshal Lubomirska at the Wilanów Palace.

Admission with a purchased ticket to the Wilanów Palace.

Thursday - day of free admission to the palace and park.

At the exhibition in the Palace (route 2), three more secrets are presented:

-in Salon Marszałkowa Lubomirska - a Rococo Saxon secretary

-in the Cabinet of Marszałkowa Lubomirska - a small secretary

-in the Chinese Room - Saxon secretary covered with red lacquer

Leonardian in Polish collections

The exhibition "Leonardiana in Polish Collections" - in preparation, will show:

-methods and results of image research and methods for assessing their age

-the Wilanów collection of paintings related to Leonard's circle, which comes from, among others, from the purchase of Stanisław Kostka Potocki

-discussion about the authorship of the Wilanów painting "Salvator Mundi"

-termin of the exhibition: 3 July - 30 November 2020

Elżbieta Sieniawska. Queen without a crown

The exhibition "Elżbieta Sieniawska. Queen without a crown ”- in preparation

W 2020 is the 300th anniversary of the purchase of Wilanów properties by Elżbieta Sieniawska née Lubomirska.

The exhibition presents numerous source materials about Elżbieta Sieniawska (letters, documents, inventories, etc.).

The exhibition will consist of five parts:

- "History" of Elżbieta Sieniawska's life and her family

- "Sieniawski's Residences in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth"

- "Lady of your time" - part of the exhibition devoted to economic and judicial matters, as well as everyday life, entertainment and health of Elżbieta Sieniawska.

- part of the exhibition "For the soul and for fame" tells about Sieniawska's protection over churches and monasteries

- "Daughter - Maria Zofia z Sieniawskich Czartoryska" is a story about a daughter remaining in the shadow of her mother

The film "Lost Places" shows places on the map of the former Republic of Poland, connected with Elżbieta Sieniawska.

Two educational spaces are created here, intended for individual educational games and educational activities for groups.


Concerts taking place at the Wilanów Palace are characterized by: a carefully selected musical repertoire, outstanding composers, old instruments, talented performers, as well as the atmosphere of the Palace itself.

Wilanów Palace tickets and prices


Wilanów Palace address

Museum of the Palace of King Jan III in Wilanów
ul. Stanisława Kostka Potocki 10 / 16
Warsaw, 02-958

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