Irena and Mieczysław Mazaraki Museum
The Irena and Mieczysław Mazaraki Museum (Polish: Muzeum w Chrzanowie im. Ireny i Mieczysława Mazarakich) is a regional museum in Chrzanów in Lesser Poland Voivodeship. It was once the home of Henry Lowenfeld, a 19th-century entrepreneur and migrant into Great Britain.
The permanent exhibition is housed at ulica Mickiewicza 13 in the former mansion of Henry Lowenfeld who settled in England. It presents the history, culture and nature studies of the Chrzanów's region, including flora and fauna and a geology collection. There is a section devoted to local Jewish history with a miniature model of the historical Chrzanów Synagogue. Industry is represented by a permanent exhibit about Fablok, the first locomotive factory in Poland. Some of the original interior of the Loewenfeld mansion is also preserved in the Biedermeier salon.
The sponsors of the museum were Irena and Mieczysław Mazaraki, in whose honour the museum was named. Through gifts and grants the collection has been expanded to include items such as art objects from Kraków, Judaica, national souvenirs, memorabilia of Pope John Paul II, and paintings from the 19th century.
Since 2007 the museum is also responsible for one of the chapels in town, as well as for the Jewish cemetery.
The museum manages another site known as "Urbańczyk's House" (Dom Urbańczyka), at Aleja Henryka 16. The house was built in the 19th century by Franciszek Urbańczyk, the father of Tadeusz Urbańczyk, a local secondary-school master. In 1985 the house and garden were converted into a museum, with a library and archive. The architecture is in the provincial style of the region and is registered on the heritage list. The venue is used for exhibitions, lectures and concerts.
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