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ATTRACTION TYPE Museum/gallery


BUDGET €115,000,000


As part of the revitalisation scheme for Warsaw, Poland, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw is undergoing a significant transformation with a newly constructed building. The Thomas Phifer and Partners designed museum and theatre complex is being built next to the Soviet-era Palace of Science and Culture. It will symbolise the new Warsaw – a city of culture, diversity and openness. The square in front of the Palace of Culture, previously used for parking, is being transformed into an area where locals and tourists can enjoy outdoor cultural events. The ground floor of the building will be free to all, including a small gallery with temporary exhibitions and a bookshop. The first and second floors will be devoted to permanent exhibition spaces. The building will contain 4,500 square metres of exhibition space, almost ten times the size of the museum’s previous building. Plans also include building educational spaces, a library, an auditorium, a cinema and a café. The project commenced construction in mid-2019, and in July 2022, construction reached the topping-out milestone. Work was anticipated to complete in 2022, with the new museum opening in early 2023. However, as of March 2023, construction is ongoing. New York architectural firm APA Wojciechowski is leading the project. The general contractor of the building is Burt Happold, with support from the Polish studio Portico Project Management. Construction is provided by a team comprising ECM Group Polska S.A. and Warbud SA. In 2018, the project was expected to cost PLN 324 million (approx $74 million). However, due to difficulties with construction arising from the site location, the Warsaw city council granted additional funds of PLN 180 million ($41 million) in 2019. As a result, the project’s projections for 2019–2023 included an investment of PLN 455 million ($104 million) for the construction work, engineering supervision, legal services etc., bringing the expected total cost of the construction up to PLN 504.2 mln ($115 million). In 2019, Warbud was awarded a PLN 417 million ($95.5 million) contract to construct the museum. However, no further budget updates have been announced since 2019. The museum expects the project to be complete and open to the public in June 2024. (Updated 21 March 2023)

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Museum of Modern Art Warsaw

ul. Pańska 3
Warsaw 00124

Marta Bartkowska
Press Office
+48 501 275 126

Patrycja Walęczak
Main Operation Specialist, new museum
+48 22 596 40 10

Szymon Żydek
Coordinator, new museum
+48 22 596 4010

Joanna Mytkowska
+48 22 596 4010

ECM Group Polska S.A

Rondo 1
Rondo ONZ 1
00-124 Warszawa

+48 22 333 73 57

Portico Project Management

Spokojna 5
01-044 Warsaw

+48 22 749 17 30

APA Wojciechowski

Ul. Kamionkowska 32
03-805 Warsaw

+48 22 610 00 85

Warbud SA

ul. Domaniewska 32
Warsaw 02-672

+48 22 56 76 000
Daniel Jonczyk
Construction Manager

Buro Happold

Camden Mill
230 Lower Bristol Road
Bath BA2 3DQ

01225 320 600

Thomas Phifer and Partners

180 Varick Street
New York 10014

+1 212 337 0334
Thomas Phifer