The Museum of Gdańsk (formerly: Historical Museum of the City of Gdańsk, City of Gdańsk History Museum) was first established in 1970 as a branch of the Pomeranian Museum in Gdańsk. On 2 April 1970, the Museum was located in the Main City Hall, today its main premises. The historic building, its history going back to the 14th century, used to be the seat of the city authorities. Once installed on the premises, the Museum set off to build a collection documenting the history of the city from the Middle Ages to the contemporary times. The Museum’s collection groups about 70 thousand items.
The Museum of Gdańsk has 10 Branches, out of which:
5 Branches are open to visitors all year round, namely:
- Main City Hall
- Artus Court
- Uphagen House
- Museum of Amber
- Museum of the Polish Post Office in Gdańsk
3 Branches are open in the summer tourist season, namely:
- Wisłoujście Fortress
- Guardhouse No. 1 at Westerplatte
- Gdańsk Museum of Science (previously: Museum of Tower Clocks)
2 Branches are under construction or closed for renovation, namely:
- Hammer Forge at Oliwa
- Museum of Gdańsk (Central Department / under construction)
On top of that, the Museum takes care of nearly all remains of the Mediaeval city walls enclosing the Main City from the north, east, and south.