In the kid's room, children can sit on bean bags in large colourful 17)portholes to watch a puppet theatre show the 14-year-old Frederic wrote, or try to reconstruct a tune whose notes have fallen off a scale.
Among the 7,000 items in the museum's collection are a lock of Chopin's hair and a gold pocket watch the Italian 18)soprano Angelica Catalani gave the nine-year-old 19)prodigy after one of his concerts.
Just up the road from the museum on the Royal Way is an apartment where Frederic, together with his family, lived for the last three years of his life in Warsaw.
It is a little difficult to find, located at the end of a corridor on the second floor of the Academy of Fine Arts. There are few signs and I had to be careful not to 20)tread on the works students were making in the corridors outside the lecture rooms.
The drawing room has been reconstructed from a sketch made in 1832 and is decorated with21)period furniture. On a Buchholtz piano, similar to one Frederic owned, is a score of his 22)Second Piano Concerto, with corrections in his own hand. It was in this room that Chopin gave the first performances of this concerto.
The windows look down onto Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street, Warsaw's most elegant, as well as the 23)wrought-iron gate of the city's university where Frederic studied and a church where he played organ during 24)Mass.
25)The Church of the Holy Cross is a few steps down the street. Inside a pillar on the left-hand side of the 26)nave is an urn containing Chopin's heart which, according to his wishes, was smuggled home by his elder sister, Ludwika.
The young Frederic would often walk down the Royal Way, visiting friends or going to cafés and bookstores. The route is marked by black 27)granite benches which play different Chopin compositions.
If you follow the Royal Way you will arrive at Lazienki Park. If you visit during summer you can attend the free open air concerts on Sundays given by pianists from all over the world. It is the perfect place to hear Chopin's music, the power and beauty of which was once described by his contemporary composer28)Robert Schumann as “cannon buried in flowers”.