The Museum of Polish History in Warsaw (MHP)
The Museum of Polish History in Warsaw (MHP) presents the most important currents in the history of the Polish state and nation with particular emphasis on topics dealing with parliamentary tradition, institutions, civic movements and Poland’s struggle for freedom and independence.
The Museum actively promotes Poland’s international image by presenting Polish history and culture to foreign audiences in an interesting and easy-to-grasp manner. Therefore, the Museum participates in the international dialogue and it focuses on Poland’s immediate neighbors. The MHP fulfills its task openly and it strives to ensure the widest possible availability of Poland’s national heritage and scientific resources in order to make use of their digital potential. The MHP organizes a competition called the Historical Event of the Year to honor the organizers, creators and initiators of the most interesting historical projects.
The National Heritage Board of Poland (NID) promotes Polish heritage in Poland and abroad. It also deals with elaborating expert opinions on monuments and analyzing and monitoring threats to the national heritage. In Poland, the Institute coordinates the largest European social-educational project called European Heritage Days. This is a joint initiative by the Council of Europe and the European Union aimed at promoting monuments.
The National Institute of Museology and Preservation of Collections (NIMOZ) specializes in collecting and disseminating knowledge about museums, museum collections and co-creating standards pertaining museology and preservation of collections. It also promotes the most significant Polish museum achievements abroad.
The National Institute of Polish Cultural Heritage Abroad (POLONIKA) focuses on research, protection and dissemination of knowledge about the Polish cultural heritage abroad. Projects implemented by the Institute are conducive to preserving the cultural heritage, they enhance social consciousness about its importance as a material part of European and world heritage and also a factor that fashions national identity.
The Castle Museum in Malbork and its subordinate Kwidzyn and Sztuma castles constitute a most significant cultural heritage. The facility has twenty-three collections in the field of art, craftsmanship, architecture and history. The most interesting of them are collections of amber products, military items, numismatic items, architectural details and sculptures. The Malbork Castle is placed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The Museum participates in international cooperation programmes such as for example the interdisciplinary research program The Ecology of the Crusades.
Museum of the Silesian Piast in Brzeg deals with the history of the Silesian Piast and the Piast traditions in the historical Piast area and it collects artifacts related to the history of the city and the Brzeg Region. The museum organizes exhibitions and runs educational programmes and workshops for children, youth, students and seniors.
The National Maritime Museum in Gdansk (NMN) collects, preserves and digitizes relics related to shipping, boat building, ship building, marine painting, fishery and promotes knowledge about Poland’s maritime history. NMN participates in the work of the Baltic Region Heritage Committee and of the Baltic Sea Region Integrated Maritime Cultural Heritage Management (BALCTIRIM).
The Jozef Pilsudski Museum in Sulejowek implements its mission by showing the Marshal’s character and disseminating the values that he cherished – national pride, patriotic attitude, dedication to work for the country and respect for tradition. The museum created a Youth Council of the Jozef Pilsudski Museum in Sulejowek – the first museum advisory body in Poland that meets the needs of young people in cultural institutions and enables young people to create their own projects based on the museum’s resources. The museum organizes the Dialogue of Two Cultures – a scientific conference that takes place every year. On the 150th anniversary of the Marshal, the museum arranged an exhibition called A Polish and European Statesman that is shown abroad.
The Museum of John Paul II and Primate Wyszynski disseminates knowledge about the personal stories of Karol Wojtyla and Stefan Wyszynski. It is the depository of those extraordinary individuals’ tales about their childhood, families, calling and the road that led them to the Church. By virtue of quotations and movies they appear not just as church leaders but living teachers. Their attitude when they both faced family tragedies, their behaviour during complex historical events and reactions to their tormentors may be inspiring in their universality. The Museum cooperates with museums and research centres in Italy and it co-organizes international study visits.
The Museum of World War II in Gdansk collects and shows exhibits from World war II with special emphasis on the site of its outbreak in Poland. The mission of the museum is to fashion the historical narrative enabling a modern presentation of World War II based on experiences of Poles and Poland. The museum takes into account the pre-war world of politics and, especially, the attitude of people towards wartime reality and the nightmare of Poland’s occupation by two totalitarian regimes. The museum also presents the fate of other nations involved in the largest military confrontation of the 20th century. The museum runs exhibition projects, international educational and cultural programmes such as the exhibition Million from overseas, the international conference World Battlefield Forum and trips abroad for children and young people called Changing perspective.
Markowa Ulma-Family Museum of Poles Who Saved Jews in World War II implements its mission by showing the heroic attitude of Poles who helped Jews during the German occupation endangering their own life and that of their families. The museum shows Polish-Jewish relations during the Holocaust and disseminates knowledge about the fate of the Ulma family from Markowa. This is the only museum of its kind in Poland that deals with the topic of rescuing Jewish population in Poland’s occupied territories during the Holocaust. The museum organizes international study visits and it creates mobile exhibitions dedicated to the topic of Poles saving Jews during the Holocaust, the tragedy of Holocaust and Polish-Jewish relations.
Museum and Memorial Auschwitz-Birkenau is tasked with gathering collections made up of movable property remaining after Kl Auschwitz and documents in connexion with the camp, with securing areas of the former KL Auschwitz and disseminating the history of Kl Auschwitz especially with regard to future generations. The area of the former, Nazi concentration and extermination camp is on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The Museum houses the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust that cooperates with a great many institutions all over the world. The Museum organizes an International Summer Academy for educators and teachers from all over the world.
The State Museum of Majdanek is the only martyrology museum in the world that was set up already during World War II. It is taking care of the materials remains of three German crime sites – the Majdanek concentration camp and the Belzec and Sobibor extermination camps. The museum focuses on historical education about German occupation in the Lublin region. The museum works out specialized programs of meeting and workshops, it organizes historical workshops for young people, study visits for adults and implements international historical and educational projects as for example the museum’s cooperation with the Friedrich von Bodelschwingh Bethel Schools from Bielefeld.
The Stutthof Museum in Sztutow is located on the ground s of the former KL Stutthof concentration camp. Generations of Museum employees have become guardians of the memory and suffering of thousands of victims. The Museum protects and preserves the national heritage by means of its educational, exhibition, scientific and documentation activities. In the framework of the programme Fate of Poles in German concentration camps in the west of Europe the Museum collects documents and other souvenirs in connexion with the tragic fate of our countrymen in German concentration camps in the west of Europe. The Museum also organizes conferences and encounters of Polish and foreign museologists.
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews shows many centuries of the history of Polish Jews. The main task of the Museum is to restore and preserve the memory of the history of Polish Jews, to promote the ideas of openness, tolerance and truth thus contributing to mutual understanding and respect among Poles and Jews, European societies and the peoples of the world. The Museum organizes exhibitions and conducts educational programmes. In connexion with its multi-faceted cooperation with foreign institutions, the museum organized a temporary exhibition called Poles risking their lives – Poles saving Jews during the Holocaust which was translated into 10 languages. One of the programmes of the Museum is the Global Education Outreach Program (GEOP) which consists of international scientific workshops, conferences, lectures and seminars.