Museum of Warsaw re-opens to the public with brand new core exhibition
What makes a city? People, stories, things. The Things of Warsaw
11 historic tenement houses, 21 themed rooms, 80 years, 2500 square meters of exhibition space,
7500 objects on display, a 300 000 piece collection. This May, the Museum of Warsaw reopens the
doors of its headquarters for the Grand Opening of its brand new core exhibition The Things of
Warsaw. Explore the rich history and intricate stories of an extraordinary city in the heart of
Europe – Warsaw, Poland.
(Warsaw, POLAND) – This May, after years of renovations, the Museum of Warsaw proudly invites
visitors back into its home – the doors of its main headquarters in the heart of Warsaw’s Old Town
will open to the public and the Museum will have the opportunity to share its extraordinary
collection with the general public. Its 300 000 item collection, acquired over 80 years, includes
everything from sculptures, clocks, maps, through photographs, postcards and panoramas of
Warsaw, all the way to pieces of clothing and jewellery. Each item has its own unique background, its
own story of Warsaw to tell. The Things of Warsaw exhibition will be at the core of the Museum. The
Museum’s newly renovated interiors will also house a library, a cinema, a bookstore, a café, as well
an observation point with a breath-taking view of Warsaw’s Old Town.
The Things of Warsaw exhibition tells the story of Warsaw through true witnesses and participants of
history: things. Prized possessions, pieces of the everyday hustle and bustle of the city, architectural
artefacts, the exhibition will showcase objects which had an impact on the daily lives of the people of
Warsaw, as well as items which represent key moments in the city’s transformation from a small
urban agglomeration to the capital of Poland and beyond.
Objects are pieces of history, testaments to times that have passed, a city that was destroyed and
rebuilt, a city in constant flux – explains Jarosław Trybuś, Deputy Director of the Museum of Warsaw.
Each object will tell its own story: the story of its owner, its creator, of the part of the city and the
period it came from. Warsaw is the sum of all these things, all their stories and so much more –
Walking through the eleven beautifully renovated tenement houses, ascending their twisting and
turning staircases, will be somewhat like wandering through the city itself – discovering different
places, districts, people, pieces of history. Visitors will be able to navigate the 2500 square meters of
exhibition space in any way they see fit. Divided into 21 themed rooms, the exhibition helps explore
the city through the stories of the 7500 objects on display: architectural details, photographs and
postcards, souvenirs, clothing, even chamber pots and pocket watches. Visitors will learn about the
city not through history books, facts and figures, but through a box of chocolates adorned with the
19 th -century Warsaw skyline, from Warsaw’s most famous and beloved chocolatier E. Wedel; through
an art deco silver-plated sugar-bowl designed by artist Julia Keilowa in the inter-war period; or a
bronze Mermaid-shaped door handle, the only remnant of a no longer extant city hall building.
Alone, these are items that seem to be nothing more than memorabilia, together, they become an
intricate story of an intricate, developing city.
For many the story of Warsaw may be limited to knowledge of modern history. A city razed to the
ground during World War II. A city stuck behind the Iron Curtain. A city rebuilt while in the throes of
Communism. But Warsaw’s story begins in middle ages, and continues today. With its brand new
core exhibition The Things of Warsaw, the Museum will share Warsaw’s long, rich and often
turbulent history with new generations of Varsovians and tourists alike.
Join us on the weekend of May 26 th -28 th , 2017 for the Grand Opening of The Things of Warsaw
exhibition in the Museum of Warsaw’s beautifully renovated home in Warsaw’s Old Town.
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