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Four royal residences to visit for free in November!

This is the eighth time you can see selected exhibitions and other attractions for free at four royal residences, thanks to the very popular programme Free November at Four Royal Residences. This year the programme’s motto is Royal Splendour.

At the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw, free admission is offered to the Palace on the Water with the Royal Painting Gallery and royal apartments, the Old Orangery with the Royal Theatre, Royal Sculpture Gallery and Polish Sculpture Gallery, Myślewicki Palace with the apartments of Prince Józef Poniatowski, and the Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship with permanent exhibitions including a Polish hunting room from the 19th and 20th centuries, forest animals, birds and exotic trophies. The main event of Free November at the Royal Łazienki Museum is the Virtuti Militari temporary exhibition in the Officer Cadet School building. Other attractions include workshops for children and adults, performative readings by National Theatre actors, and museum lessons.

At the Museum of King Jan III's Palace in Wilanów, Warsaw, the Free November programme includes free access to Route 2, where visitors can see Princess Marshal Lubomirska’s Apartments, the Chinese and Hunting Rooms and the Storage Gallery, and to the palace gardens and the temporary exhibition The Armenian Cathedral in Lviv and Its Creators at the Orangery. It is also worth taking advantage of free educational walks and workshops: Small Pleasures, What Furniture! Stories of Extraordinary Writing Furniture, and Known and Unknown Legends about King Jan III.

The Royal Castle in Warsaw offers free admission to its permanent museum exhibitions, including the Great Apartment and the King’s Apartment with the Great Assembly Hall (Ballroom), Bedchamber and Canaletto Room, the Senators’ Chamber, the Matejko Rooms as well as the temporary exhibition Parade of the Kings of Poland: Images of Monarchs on Medals and Coins. In the second half of November, there will be no charge to see the Royal Library – the only original interior to survive World War II, the Prison Cellar, the Lanckoroński Gallery with paintings by Rembrandt and the Gallery of Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Planned additional attractions include quests, an escape room in the Great Courtyard, a location-based game called Playing for the Throne as well as museum lessons.

At Wawel Royal Castle in Kraków, sites you can visit free of charge include the State Rooms, the Crown Treasury and Armoury as well as the exhibitions The Lost Wawel and Meissen Porcelain in the Collections of Wawel Royal Castle. In addition, the Education Department offers free museum lessons for primary and secondary schools on the following topics: Knights and Knightly Culture, Ceremonies, The Romanesque and Pre-Romanesque Periods at Wawel, History of Wawel Hill.

For more information and details of the free visits, see the Royal Residence websites:

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