Polish museum in Rapperswil to be closed: local authorities

The authorities of the Swiss municipality of Rapperswil have decided that the Polish Museum located at Rapperswil Castle will be closed, despite efforts taken by Polish officials and the president of Switzerland, the srf.ch website stated on Thursday.

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According to the current plan, Rapperswil Castle, owned by the local authorities, will be renovated by 2022, and the Museum of Polish Culture and History will no longer function as an independent facility.

A year ago, the Polish ambassador in Switzerland Jakub Kumoch tried to wangle a compromise with the cantonal government of St. Gallen in order to preserve the museum. Christoph Siegrist, the head of the local church said then: "The decision on the Polish Museum has not changed. It will definitely be closed.”

During Tuesday’s meeting with the Polish president Andrzej Duda, his Swiss counterpart Ueli Maurer stated that "the municipality has not yet fully understood the significance of this museum for Poland and Switzerland," stressing that his government “cannot order or ask local authorities to do anything.”

He wanted to work for a compromise between Rapperswil and the state of Poland, yet seemingly to no avail.

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil was founded on October 23, 1870, by a Polish aristocrat Wladysław Broel-Plater as a refuge for Polish historic memorabilia, which were endangered in then partitioned Poland.

Click here to read more about the history of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil.