Warsaw Rising Museum throws doors open to visitors

After 10 weeks of downtime enforced by the epidemic situation in Poland, the Warsaw Rising Museum opened its doors to visitors again on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, visitors must adhere to sanitary rules when on the museum’s premises. The part of the exhibition that takes the visitors through a reconstruction of sewers that were used by Warsaw uprisers to move through Warsaw unspotted by German troops is off-limits. The same goes for the museum cinema.

Moreover, in view of the epidemic, interactive elements of the exhibition such as telephones and “the monolith” remain beyond access.

“Visitors are asked to move through the museum wearing face masks,” says the museum head Jan Ołdakowski, adding that “it is worth taking our smartphones along because the museum is not allowed to use its audiovisual equipment. Nonetheless, one can purchase an audio guide that can be downloaded onto a smartphone.”

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During the quarantine, the museum shifted a considerable part of its activities online. Lectures, presentations and musical shows took place on the net. And although now the museum is once again available for “analogues”, Mr Ołdakowski stresses that the museum intends to continue with its online activities.

“These lectures of ours, meetings and visits always enjoy an audience of a couple, a dozen and even tens of thousands,” said the museum head.

Opened on the 60th anniversary of the uprising, July 31, 2004, the Warsaw Rising Museum in the Wola district of Warsaw is dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The museum sponsors research into the history of the uprising, and the history and possessions of the Polish Underground State. It collects and maintains hundreds of artifacts, ranging from weapons used by the insurgents to love letters, to present a full picture of the people involved.

The museum's stated goals include the creation of an archive of historical information on the uprising and the recording of the stories and memories of living participants. The museum is a member organisation of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience.