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Muzeum Miejskie Wadowice

Wadowice City Museum

Ludzie przed wejściem do muzeum.
ul. Kościelna 4, 34-100 Wadowice Tourist region: Beskid Mały i Makowski
tel. +48 338738100
The museum is located on the first floor of one of the oldest tenement houses in the city, next to the Dom Rodzinny Karola Wojtyły (Karol Wojtyła Family Home). The classicist manor-style building dates back to the early 19th century and has a rich history, culminating in it being handed over to the city. The exhibition shows Wadowice in the time of the childhood and youth of the future Pope John Paul II. The collection gathered here is impressive!

The museum has a historical and regional character. Particularly noteworthy are: the collection of postcards with views of the city from the Galician and interwar period, paintings and sculptures by artists associated with Wadowice, works of folk artists, among others. Jędrzej Wowry, and the works of young artists from Wadowice. Thanks to multimedia exhibitions, we will see how Wadowice functioned in the interwar period and we will take a look at the local market, which was teeming with life as an important commercial centre.

The next presentation gives us the opportunity to learn about the history of the Towarzystwa Gimnastycznego Sokół (Falcon Gymnasium Society) and other cultural and social organizations of the 20th century. The reconstructed classroom from the beginning of the 20th century shows what education looked like.  You can learn about the local education of the time, try your hand at calligraphy, print a document yourself on the 19th century press or try on an outfit from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. It is also possible to practice old methods of writing and counting. In one of the rooms, you can feel the atmosphere of the apartment and touch furniture characteristic of the early 20th century. An album of the inhabitants of Wadowice is placed on the table, and fragments of pre-war broadcasts are played on the old radio. Finally, in the photo atelier, you can take a photo in period clothes.

Moreover, documents, photographs, seals, books, numismatic items and maps related to the city are collected. As part of the permanent exhibition on the history of the Wadowice region, we will see a menorah, hanukkah and a treasury of the Chevra Kadisha brotherhood – the only item left from the synagogue in Wadowice. Other memorabilia of the local Jews are also on display, including a school report of a Jewish student, photos of sports teams, photos of Jews – citizens of the city, synagogues from the interwar period, fire and demolition of the temple by the Germans.

The exhibition "Karol Wojtyła’s Wadowice" is an innovative combination of archival photographs, documents and multimedia exhibits.


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