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of the Origins of the Polish State in Gniezno

The mission of the Museum is to shed some light on the cultural heritage and history of the beginnings of the Polish State and the later fate of the region, as it was the cradle of our statehood; to present it to the contemporary generations and to preserve it for posterity.

Our work is to shape a citizen, who, knowing and respecting his own identity, with the ability to think critically, can understand the world around them better and who can consciously participate in the shaping of the future.


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“ArtiSlavia. Slavic culture in Polish painting, drawing and graphics since the nineteenth century”

At the occasion of this exhibition we present paintings, drawings and graphics, including those found in books lent from over 80 museums and private collections. These are the fruits of the labour of several generations of Polish artists who took up or still take up the Slavic theme in their work.

"Archaeology of islands. Islands on the periphery of the early Piast monarchy"

"Archaeology of Islands. Islands on the periphery of the early Piast Monarchy"
The exhibition presents the results of research on seven islands in north-west Poland, conducted by the Institute of Archaeology of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Islands, especially those on lakes, were an important place in the life of the early medieval Slavs. For this reason, they are extremely interesting!

"Historical open-air shows in the Gniezno region in the 1970s"

It is an exhibition presenting open-air performances carried out in Gniezno in the 1970s. At that time, they were one of the largest historical productions in our country, and their scale is still astonishing today.

"Beginnings of the Polish State"

Our main exhibition is devoted to the beginnings of Polish statehood. We feature artefacts (and their functional replicas) related to this topic, from all over Poland. The chronological exhibition covers the period from the beginning of the 10th century (i.e. before Mieszko I) to the 13th century.

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