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The Things of Warsaw – core exhibition

The Museum launched its operation in 1936; today, it holds over 300,000 objects related to the history of Warsaw in its collection: everyday objects, special occasion objects, artworks and utility items, souvenirs left by people and events.

A team of curators spent four years working on the selection and presentation of 8,000 of these objects.

The twenty-one rooms feature various things – witnesses to and participants of the city history. We made efforts to allow for a close contact between the objects and the viewers. The objects serve as a pretext to tell a story of its owners and authors, breakthrough events and long-term processes. In a separate section of the exhibition, we have collected data which will help build a picture of the complex history of the city.

We do not tell one history, we do not construct one narrative. While on a tour of the eleven Old Town tenement houses, each visitor – at his own pace and following his individual route – will be able to write his own history of Warsaw.

Jarosław Trybuś
Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition