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The Museum of the History of the Polish Jews

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The Mayor visited the building of the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews
The Mayor visited the building of the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews

Building acceptance by the end of the year, the first visitors in spring 2013, and the official opening in December – such are the plans for the coming months at the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, which is being constructed by the Capital City of Warsaw in the Muranów District.

Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz paid a visit to the museum building, where she was updated on the progress of construction work.
“Once more we meet at the construction site of the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews. The city’s main task is to complete this investment as a turnkey project, and we’re approaching that day,” said Mrs Gronkiewicz-Waltz, adding that “aside from the Copernicus Science Centre, it is the largest cultural institution implemented by Warsaw”.

The Mayor called the edifice impressive, and, although the construction process held a great number of difficulties for the contractor, the final result, particularly the inner curvilinear wall in the empty space, is breathtaking.

“The museum building represents a fascinating contribution to Warsaw’s cityscape – one which has been recognised by architects. Let me remind you that in 2008 this design was given the International Architecture Award by Chicago Athenaeum,” said the Mayor.

Acting Director Andrzej Cudak toured with the guests in the nearly-finished building. “On 18-19 April we will be inviting the first visitors to the museum, and December will see the official opening. The main exhibition will also be ready on that date,” declared Mr Cudak.

To the right of the main entrance lies the room which will feature the reconstructed roof of the Goździec Synagogue. “The re-creation of this structure will cover 80% of the area of the original,” announced Zygmunt Stępiński, Deputy Director of the Museum.

The initiative to establish the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews came from the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland and gradually won recognition both in Poland and globally. Since late 2005 the Museum has been a joint cultural project of the Capital City of Warsaw, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland. The construction of the museum building is financed by funds from the Capital City of Warsaw and the Ministry.

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