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Exhibition at the Warsaw Rising Museum

published: 2010-04-29 13:15:45, Culture Department
Thursdays - 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, closed on Tuesdays
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego - ul. Grzybowska 79 (mapa)
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
free admission
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
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The Warsaw Rising Museum shows the history of the Warsaw Uprising in numerous rooms, corresponding to the compexity of events related to the Uprising. The exhibition items are situated on a few levels, covering the area of over 3,000 metres. A steel monument, which is said to be the heart of the Museum, goes through all the floors of the building. The Uprising’s calendar of events is engraved on the building's walls. The heartbeat sound, heard from the inside, is the symbol of life in Warsaw in 1944. There is also the Freedom Park around the Museum.

1.Ground floor.
The ground floor exibition relates mostly to the occupation period and to the moment the Uprising broke out, the ‘W’ Hour. It presents the everyday life in Warsaw at that time, symbols of German violence, the history of the Polish Underground State and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This part of the exhibition also reports on how the insurgents were looked on after the War (treated like criminals and persecuted by the communists). Photographs, films, sounds and all the other items, that can be found in the rooms, create a special atmosphere. Additionally, the ground floor houses a unique attraction for children, the Little Insurgent’s Room, where young visitors can find toys and games from the period of the Uprising. There are also well trained instructors who care for the little ones in the Little Insurgent’s Room.

The Palladium Cinema is one of the highlights situated on the next level. The footage that is screened there originally informed the society about the Polish Underground State’s actions and told the truth about the situation on the front. Nowadays, its role is to present people’s lives during the Uprising and the occupants’ crimes. Another unique attraction located in this part of the Museum is the model of the Warsaw sewer system, used by the insurgents to move from one battlefield to another, pass the food and ammunition, but also evacuate the injured. The scenery, together with visual and sound effects, makes the visit unforgettable. A replica of a B-24 Liberator is another great attraction. The plane is regarded as a symbol of international cooperation during the Second World War. The American Liberator, with British RAF colours and Polish crew, supported Warsaw in its defence.

3.First floor.
The first floor exhibition outlines particularly the Capitulation after the Warsaw Uprising and the following events. Moreover, this part of the exhibition deals with the insurgents’ communication, radios and the postal system. A replica of the insurgents’ radio, ‘Błyskawica’ (‘The Flash’), can be found there. One of the rooms is dedicated to the German soldiers serving in Warsaw during the Uprising. There are a lot of items, which belonged to them, displayed on this level. The museum café, situated on the first floor, is stylized like ‘Pół Czarnej’ (‘Half of the Black’), the café existing during the occupation period. Photographs presenting artists and stars as well as magazines of that time give this place a unique character.

4.The Freedom Park.
The visitors can admire a beautiful view of Warsaw and the Freedom Park from the Museum tower. The Memorial Wall, engraved with the names of more than 10,000 insurgents, who died during the battle, is considered to be the main element of the Freedom Park. The list, containing names, pseudonyms and military ranks, is still being completed. The ‘Monter’ bell, weighing more than 200 kg and hanging in the central part of the Wall, tolls on each anniversary of the Uprising.