There are 519 museums in Poland (818 including branch museums) with a statute or rules and regulations approved by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
- 24 state museums
- 317 regional or municipal museums (including 87 museums under regional administration)
- 104 private museums of private persons
- 74 private museums of private institutions/organisations
When preparing the list, we worked on the basis of the legal regulations in force in the field of museology, taking into account the necessity of defining fundamental operating standards for museum institutions. The basic criterion for a museum to be entered on the list was for its statute or rules and regulations to be approved by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.