Mickiewicz Literature Museum (Muzeum Literatury im Adama Mickiewicza)
Rynek Starego Miasta 20 – 00-272 Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Mickiewicz Literature Museum (Muzeum Literatury im Adama Mickiewicza) Warsaw Reviews
Literature Museum in Warsaw's Old Town Mar 08, 2009
Last Sunday I decided to visit the Mickiewicz Literature Museum in Warsaw which has exhibits related to Adam Mickiewicz (December 24, 1798 – November 26, 1855) who is considered Poland’s greatest romantic poet. There are also exhibits related to author Polish writers. The idea was to learn about this important figure in Polish literature and get to visit the inside of one of the buildings on Warsaw’s market square.
The visit costs 6 PLN and it takes the better part of two hours to look at the exhibits there. It’s interesting to see the interior of the old town Baroque style reconstructed houses that the museum occupies.
Unfortunately, the museum isn’t designed to be instructive. The exhibits are nice, it was interesting to see some original manuscript pages of famous works, Pan Tadeusz and Grazyna, but there was very little explanation and most articles on display are labeled only in Polish making it difficult for a foreign visitor to get much out of the visit. There were some general descriptions to some of the rooms in English.
This museum is only recommendable for students visiting with their high school literature teacher, people who have studied Mickiewicz, people who want to see the interior of one of the reconstructed buildings in the old town (or curious people, like me – but bring a Polish friend with you!!).
I was surprised to see that so little effort has been put in trying to make the museum a place to learn about and promote Polish literature and culture to the many tourists who visit here.
For most of our visit we were followed around by some ladies working as guards, presumably to assure that we weren’t touching anything which was a little bothersome because they were right behind us the entire time.
In addition to spaces dedicated to Mickiewicz, there is an exhibit about Zbibniew Herbert, a Polish poet, author and member of the resistance movement during WW2. Again, it was interesting but if I hadn’t been with a Polish friend who could translate everything for me, it would have been extremely frustrating.
It's a shame, because the exhibits are good, and the museum would also be good with just a little effort from whoever is in charge...
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