Warsaw Uprising Museum

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Warsaw Rising Museum
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Replika liberatora.jpg
Replica of the B-24 Liberator
Established February 10, 1983
(opened July 31, 2004)
Location Wola, Warsaw, Poland
Visitors 416,000 (2007)[1]
Director Jan Ołdakowski
Website www.1944.pl
One of the buildings of the Museum
Museum logo

The Warsaw Uprising Museum (named Warsaw Rising Museum, Polish: Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego),[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] located in the Wola district of Warsaw, Poland, is a museum dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The institution of the Museum was established in 1983, but no construction work took place for many years, and the museum finally opened on July 31, 2004, marking the 60th anniversary of the Uprising.

The Museum sponsors research into the history of the Uprising, and the history and possessions of the Polish Underground State. It collects and maintains hundreds of artifacts, ranging from weapons used by the insurgents to love letters, in order to present a full picture of the people involved. The Museum's stated goals include the creation of an archive of historical information on the Uprising and the recording of the stories and memories of the still living Uprising participants. Its director is Jan Ołdakowski, with historian Dariusz Gawin from the Polish Academy of Sciences as his deputy.[9]

The museum is a member organisation of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience.[10]

Exhibitions[edit]

The museum is dedicated to all facets of the Warsaw Uprising. Exhibits are full of photographs, written accounts and other testimonies of how life was during 1944. Some sections include:

  • Children's section: insurgent uniforms, activities, models;
  • Hangar; B-24 Liberator: Warsaw airdrops, information videos;
  • Nazi section: German-occupied Poland, sewers;
  • Communist section: Communist-occupied Poland, puppet government;
  • Multi-cultural opposition and "Western hesitation": accounts of many ethnicities fighting the Nazis and words of protest from George Orwell over the Western hesitation.

Highlights[edit]

  • A 1:1 replica of a B-24 Liberator;
  • A replica of the Kubuś armoured car;
  • Contemporary themed cantina;
  • A wall, separate from the main building, known as the heart of the museum and including sounds of battle and heart beats emanating from it;
  • Interactive displays with footage and video, creating a high level of immersion;
  • A replica of the Palladium Cinema, playing footage taken by the Polish insurgents' own cameramen and originally shown at the original Palladium Cinema in Warsaw during the Uprising;
  • A scale model of the Warsaw sewer system;
  • A memorial wall with all the casualties of the Uprising.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Warsaw Rising Museum homepage.
  2. ^ Ołdakowski, Jan (2004). "Word from the Museum Director". Warsaw Rising Museum website (original). Warsaw Rising Museum. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Exhibition". Warsaw Rising Museum website. Warsaw Rising Museum. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Warsaw Rising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego)". Official Tourist Website of Warsaw. Warsaw Tourist Office. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Warsaw Rising Museum | Warsaw Life". Warsaw-Life.com. Lifeboat Limited. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Spolar, Christine (2008-04-09). "Polish museum wages battle for wartime letters". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Warsaw Rising Museum reveals groundbreaking 3D film [Watch]". WBJ Online. Warsaw Business Journal. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Warsaw Rising Museum in Warsaw, Poland". Lonely Planet. BBC Worldwide. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Rozmowa dnia. Z Dariuszem Gawinem rozmawia Paweł Luty Stowarzyszenie Dziennikarzy Polskich.
  10. ^ "Czech Prime minister Petr Nečas: The years of totalitarianism were years of struggle for liberty". Platform of European Memory and Conscience. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 

Hanson, Joanna K. M. (2004). The Civilian Population and the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. ISBN 0-521-53119-5. 

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Coordinates: 52°13′56″N 20°58′51″E / 52.23222°N 20.98083°E / 52.23222; 20.98083