Uphagens’ House

Gdańsk, Poland

The Uphagen House was erected in the second half of the 18th century by Jan Uphagen, who obliged future owners to preserve the house in its original form. Thanks to this agreement, the building’s original character has been preserved and now houses the Museum of Patrician Interiors. The Uphagen House is a memory of Gdańsk’s former glory. It features a hall, lofty interiors, a stone slab floor built and walls and ceilings decorated with stucco work.

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Długa 12, Gdańsk, Poland
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Founded: 1775-1787
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Poland

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Kasia Myszka (7 months ago)
Nice place to visit if you would like to see the oldschool interiors. It's a quick and cheap visit and worth the time.
Claudiu (14 months ago)
The house itself is a beautiful reconstruction but the so called museum is very poor in terms of curation and organization The price is 16zl which is exorbitant for hardly 20 minutes in the place, even if you try to milk it and want to absorb the beauty even more you can't spend more than half an hour here The curation is very bad as there are hardly any descriptions and those that are available are only in Polish with the exception of some stuff at the end of the tour
Marta (14 months ago)
The museum was interesting but we found it a bit small. It's a good place to go if you don't have a lot of time during your visit in Gdańsk
Ivan Spirydonau (2 years ago)
Greatly preserved residence of Uphagen’s family. Nice decor and fascinating furniture. Definitely worth a short visit!
Nate Kornaker (2 years ago)
Cute little museum to stop in if youre in the city centre. I wish they had more furniture, but it was a nice experience anyways
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