Sep 26

Museum of Independence, Poland

At a time when it seems that a technological revolution is underway, with so many breakthroughs in the IT area occurring on a daily basis, it seems almost impossible to maintain the past alive. For some this aspect is not even relevant since many are interested only in looking forward.

But since the past and history have molded us as individuals and nations it is relevant to keep them alive for as much as possible.

Today we are going to have a look at a museum located in Poland. The first thing which ought to be mentioned about the tourist attraction presented in today’s article is that the Museum of Independence, whose scope (as you have probably already guessed) is to pinpoint the struggle underwent by the Polish population in order to achieve freedom, was previously the Lenin Museum. Come to think of it, the setting could not have been more suitable for it captures the transition from one historical era, communism, to another, independence, reviving the country’s autonomy.

The exhibitions found inside the museum are arranged chronologically so as to depict the way in which the political agenda shifted in the country with the passage of time. All the relevant events in the Polish history can be traced simply by having a look at the multitude of objects maintained in great condition from the second part of the 18th century onwards. Thus visitors can gain knowledge about the Kościuszko Uprising from 1794, about the rebellions which swept the country in the 19th century, as well as about the return of Józef Piłsudski to Poland, the revolutionary who played a critical part in the instatement of freedom in Poland. The museum is home to almost 50.000 exhibits, a considerable amount of which are items which have been recovered from concentration camps built in the second world conflagration, but also objects which clearly portray Socialist Realism leitmotifs.

All these objects brought together reflect the downfall and uprising of Poland under different rulers, but also pinpoint the dire conditions the population was subjected to in various historical periods and during wars which have devastated the country. The exhibits go further to portray the fate that Polish individuals had while disseminated in different parts of the world.

The collections encountered here include various national symbols, military pieces, distinctions such as medals and engravings, photographs, posters, letters, works of art, and an impressive collection of documents which honor the memory of those who have given their life for freedom, but also materials which serve as a remembrance of the past occurrences which have changed the face of the country to such an extent. The museum is also the proud owner of one of the most impressive collections in Poland which commemorate the Resistance Movement of the ‘70s-’80s.

So if you are one of those people who are hungry for historical facts and you happen to visit Poland, then the Museum of Independence is definitely one of the places which demand your attention.