The Museum of Polish History (MHP) is one of the most expensive cultural investments in Poland (PLN 821 million) for a total of 44,000 m2 divided into 3 buildings. The main building will have 6 floors, 2 underground. To see the whole exhibition, you will need a minimum of 3-4 hours. The permanent exhibition will tell the story of Poland between the beginning of the Polish State and the fall of Communism, but also contemporary exhibitions about the death of Pope John Paul II, or Poland during the COVID-19 pandemic…
The delivery was expected in 2020, before being delayed by a year. The opening of the museum should take place on August 15th. Previously, the original project planned an opening for the 100th Anniversary of the recovered Polish Independence, on November 11th, 2018.
The former Museum of Polish Army established on April 22, 1920, on Al Jerozolimskie 3 will close on January 31st, in order to move the 250,000 items to the MHP.
The main purpose of the museum will be to promote the History of Poland. The permanent exhibition (7,000 m2) including 3600 original items, will be carried out by MHP historians in cooperation with the (WWAA / Platige Image consortium). In addition to the exhibition space, the museum will include an auditorium with a capacity of 600 persons, educational and workshop rooms, a cinema (150 people), conservation workshops, and warehouses.
The Museum of Polish History was first presented in 2006 by the Minister of Culture Kazimierz Ujazdowski. The city hall proposed to build the museum over the Łazienkowska Route, near the Ujazdowski Castle. In 2009, the architectural design project was attributed to the studio Paczowski et Fritsch (Luxembourg), but the construction was stopped due to financial decisions.
In the spring of 2015, talks started regarding the location of the MHP in the Warsaw Citadel, the project was adopted by the government. At the beginning of 2016, director Robert Kostro and Szczepan Wroński, the president of the architectural studio WXCA, signed a contract for the implementation of the project, and less than a year later, the visualizations were presented and Budimex SA was chosen to build the Museum.