The Museum of Polish History or Polish History Museum (Polish: Muzeum Historii Polski) is a museum and national cultural institute in Warsaw, Poland. The purpose of the museum is to present the most important events in Polish history, with a particular emphasis on Polish traditions of freedom.
The Museum aims at presenting the most significant themes in the history of Poland — state and nation — with special emphasis on the idea of freedom: functioning and development of the parliamentary system, civic life and institutions, and the struggle for freedom and independence.
The mission of the Museum is to support education and development of a modern patriotic sensibility, to develop citizens who are conscious of their tradition and open to the wider world.
What is more, public and promotional events constitute an important element of Museum’s activities. The Museum organizes e.g. “Independence Station”, cyclical reviews of historical films “Who’s Into Historical Movies?”, carries out an international project titled “Jan Karski. Unfinished Mission” and presents multimedia exhibitions on Google Cultural Institute platform. In cooperation with Polish Press Agency the Museum runs the website www.dzieje.pl.
Building and permanent exhibition
The building that will house the Polish History Museum will be built in Warsaw near Ujazdowski Castle (spanning the Trasa Łazienkowska highway). The building will have some 20,000 m² of floor space and will be one of the most modern institutions of its kind in Poland. The building is being designed by Paczowski et Fritsch Architectes in Luxembourg. Their project was selected in 2009 in an international architectural competition.
In December 2011, the results were announced of an international competition for the artistic and spatial concept for the Museum’s permanent collection. The winning team was WWAA Pracownia Projektowa Marcin Mostafa and Platige Image.
The opening of the Museum building and its main exhibition is scheduled for 2018.