Famous Poles

Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) - Pianist, composer, and Warsaw's favourite son, was born in Żelazowa Wola (50 km from Warsaw), and spent half of his life in Warsaw, where he was raised, educated and composed many of his masterpieces, beginning at the age of 7 when he wrote his first Polonaise.
Chopin Museum: Modern, multimedia, interactive and full of brilliant Chopin – related feats. On display are his last piano, candy box, death mask, and hand cast. Open 10.00-18.00. Closed Mondays. www.muzeum.if.pw.edu.pl
Chopin Family Parlour: the last composer`s dwelling in Warsaw. Open 10.00-18.00. Closed Mondays. www.muzeum.if.pw.edu.pl
Chopin Benches are equipped with QR-codes, which allow downloading of a mobile guide as well as audio and video materials. Free guide at: www.um.warszawa.pl/chopin
Concerts by the Chopin Monument: the Royal Łazienki (enter from Aleje Ujazdowskie). Every Sunday at noon and 16:00 (May-September)

Maria Curie (1867-1934) – The most famous woman scientist and two-time winner of the Nobel Prize, born in Warsaw as Maria Skłodowska. She was the first female professor in the history of the Sorbonne, was decorated by the French government with the Legion of Honour, and is the only woman buried in the Paris Panthéon. The life of Maria Skłodowska-Curie was closely connected with Warsaw and Paris. She spent her youth in the Polish capital and until the end of her life lived in France, but visited Warsaw often and there are many places in the city that bear her influence.
Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum: the birthplace of the scientist. Open 10.00 -18.00. Closed Mondays. www.muzeum.if.pw.edu.pl

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543) - a Renaissance- and Reformation-era mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe.
Copernicus Science Centre (Centrum Nauki Kopernik) There are literally hundreds of experiments spread over two floors, where you can touch, play, feel, and entertain a range of phenomena by way of interactive experiments. There is a children’s area and a genuine flying carpet. Open daily 9:00-16:00; closed Mondays. Tickets 25/16zł, family ticket 66zł. www.kopernik.org.pl
Heaven of Copernicus (Niebo Kopernika) - one of the most modern planetaria in Europe. Opening hours: 9:30 - 19:00/21:00. Tickets 18 PLN (2D), 23 PLN (3D), reduced, group and family tickets available.

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