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Museum of the History of the Polish People's Movement

In the city
Contact Aleja Wilanowska 204
02-730 Warszawa

tel.: 22 843 38 76
tel.: 22 843 78 73

Description

The Museum of the History of the Polish People's Movement is located at Wilanowska Avenue, on the historic Mokotowska escarpment in Warsaw.

It is located in a building known colloquially as the "Yellow Inn". The museum was created in 1984. It is entered into the State Museum Register at number 5.

The headquarters of the Museum is located in the Yellow Inn. Temporary exhibitions are presented in the building.

The museum has two branches in Sandomierz and Piaseczno near Gniew. In the exhibition rooms in Piaseczno, permanent exhibitions are shown, showing the life of the inhabitants of the villages of Kociewie and Pomorze, and the history of agricultural circles and socio-patriotic organizations in this area. The attraction of the Branch in Piaseczno is the open-air museum of old agricultural machinery and equipment.

The Museum of the History of the Polish People's Movement is a scientific and research facility whose subject matter is collecting, securing and sharing materials depicting the history of the Polish countryside, peasant parties and political parties, socio-professional organizations, youth, cooperative and other organizations created in the rural environment, developing various forms of socio-educational, cultural-educational and economic work.

Over the course of over 35 years, the Museum has gathered over 60,000. exhibits. These include:

  • exhibits related to the fight for Polish freedom in the 18th and 19th centuries (uprisings 1794 and 1863) and in the 20th century (1914-1921 and 1939-1945),
  • memorabilia and personal items of activists of the people's movement,
  • a collection of around 400 banners of factions and folk organizations operating in Poland and abroad,
  • a collection of tapestries and artistic fabrics on the subject of national liberation,
  • documents related to the PSL's activity on emigration,
  • professional and unprofessional painting and sculpture, presenting the life of the village - works by: Włodzimierz Tetmajer, Abraham Neuman, Antoni Piotrowski, Tadeusz Popiel, Małgorzata Sianoszek, Karol Biske,
  • portrait, landscape and historical painting - works by: Teodor Axentowicz, Jan Styka, Wincenty Wodzinowski, Józef Rapacki, Ivan Trusz, Stanisław Prauss, Henryk Szczyglinski, Stanisław Czajkowski, Włodzimierz Tetmajer,
  • a collection of letters by Wincenty Witos from 1923-24,
  • documents on the activities of peasant parties, rural youth and socio-economic organizations,
  • photos documenting the most important events in the history of folk movement, cooperatives, youth organizations,
  • a collection of posters, press and leaflets,
  • posters and announcements issued by occupation administrative authorities for propaganda purposes from the period of World War I and II,
  • a team of electoral leaflets of organizations and peasant parties to the Sejm and Senate from 1919 - 2015,
  • a collection of stamps and sealing pistons of municipal offices and starosties of the Russian, Austrian and Prussian partition, municipal boards of the Second Polish Republic and the General Government, agricultural circles, parties and peasant organizations

The museum, as a scientific institution, conducts research on the history of the Polish and European people's movement, as well as on the history of peasant emigration to the countries of Western Europe and South America. In this area, MHPRL conducts permanent cooperation with universities from all over the country, libraries and archives. The result of scientific activities are scientific conferences, compact and book publications

The museum has published over 400 books and over 50 brochures and exhibition catalogs. The showpiece of the Museum is the "Historical Yearbook of the Museum of the History of the Polish People's Movement", in which historians from all over Poland present studies devoted to the Polish people's movement. Next to the journal, the effect of the scientific activity of MHPRL are, among others:

  • editions of sources for the history of Poland;
  • biographical works devoted to the political authorities of Poland and the people's movement;
  • historical products dedicated to the history of Poland and the Polish people's movement;
  • works published as part of research on peasant emigration;

The Museum's scientific and publishing achievements also include works devoted to regional history, the activities of the underground folk movement in World War II, the activities of peasant and agricultural institutions and organizations, volunteer fire brigades.

As part of its educational activities, MHPRL conducts museum lessons at the Museum headquarters as well as outside the headquarters in schools and cultural and scientific institutions. Attraction of the lessons conducted by the Museum are exhibitions and exhibits, made available in the original form (only in the seat of MHPRL) or reproductions. The museum has developed a model of a "traveling educational exhibition". Such an exhibition is prepared on about 20 - 25 boards with the format of 70 x 100 cm, on which the theme of the exhibition is presented in a synthetic and transparent manner. Such exhibitions are a perfect complement (illustration) of history lessons (historical exhibitions), cultures (exhibitions presenting material culture), Polish language and literature (exhibitions dedicated to writers such as W. S. Reymont), etc.

 

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Warszawa, Mazowieckie
Aleja Wilanowska 204, 02-730 Warszawa
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