For many decades Poland didn’t have too many modern museums to offer. The tourist who visited this country complained that the museums don’t offer modern ideas and don’t follow the world trends in a presentation of their collections. However, during the last decade Polish museums changed a lot. Here we go with a few proposals, a true must-visit places in Poland. You have o visit them if you are in Warszawa, Gdańsk or Kraków.
1. Chopin Museum – Warszawa
Paradise of every fan of classical music. The Museum dedicated to famous pianist was opened in 1954, but a few years ago the exhibition was changed, improved and enchanted. According to their official website „The mission of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum is to cultivate the memory of the great composer and to make information about his life and work available to a wide audience. The purpose of the Museum is to collect and transfer knowledge as well as to deliver a high-quality artistic experience, the choice will depend on each individual viewer. Innovative forms of exploration will be based on interaction with the audience and the immediate response to the individual needs of visitors.” The exhibition offers visitors a unique experience of meeting… Chopin. Although it sounds creepy, you won’t be disappointed.
2. Rynek Underground permanent exhibition – Kraków
Located under the Main Market Square museum covers an impressive underground exhibition related to the history of Kraków. Apart from the rich history of the former capital of Poland, it shows the connections between the city and medieval Europe’s chief centers of trade and culture. The exhibition is based on the archeological discoveries, the oldest of them reach the 11th century. The reconstruction of goldsmith’s and blacksmith’s workshops create a unique atmosphere. In connection with the medieval market and interesting models and multimedia like touchscreens, holograms, projections and documentary films take the visitors for a travel in time.
3. The Warsaw Rising Museum – Warszawa
The Warsaw Rising Museum was opened on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of fighting in Warsaw. The Museum is a tribute of Warsaw’s residents to those who fought and died for independent Poland and its free capital. It is perhaps the most friendly to the international tourist’s museum of Poland. They offer information about the exhibition in the following languages: Azeri, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finish, French, Georgian, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Ukrainian. The exhibition depicts fighting and everyday life during the Rising, the tragedies but also joys. The visit to the museum can be traumatic, but when you will discover the struggle of the heroes of the Warsaw Rising, you will start to appreciate your fabulous life more.
4. Museum of the Second World War – Gdańsk
It was opened on March 23rd, 2017 and stays one of the most controversial museums due to the opposite visions of different politicians. The exhibition was created to be as objective as possible, with three rooms that vividly portray the impact of the war on one Warsaw apartment. We first enter the living quarters in 1939, when a Jewish family is in residence. We then come to the apartment in 1943, where the former inhabitants are in the ghetto, a displaced Polish family from the town of Gdynia now in their place. In the last room from 1945, we discover that the son of the new family fought the German occupiers and was killed in the Warsaw Uprising. The museum has different surprising elements, touching insights into the times of war. Although some elements of the exhibition are going to be changed, the museum is still worth of visiting.
5. European Center of Solidarity – Gdańsk
If you are more concern about the modern history, this is a perfect choice for you. Their goal is to commemorate, maintain and popularise the heritage and message of the Solidarity movement and the anti-communist democratic opposition in Poland and throughout the world. Moreover, they want to inspire their guests with a universal dimension and share the achievements of the peaceful struggle for freedom, justice, democracy and human rights with those who are deprived of them. The exhibition shows it all, and be prepared to spend there a few hours.