Soon we will be celebrating 69th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which started on April 19th, 1943. Next year – the 70th anniversary will be marked by opening the new Museum in Warsaw – The Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Still under construction, but …. already looks very impressive…
A Finnish project by architects Rainer Mahlamäki i Ilmari Landelma won the International Architectural Competition for the Museum building in 2005. The competition was attended by 119 architects and architectural teams, including famous Daniel Libeskind.
The Museum is being erected on the square framed by Zamenhofa, Anielewicza, Lewartowskiego and Karmelicka streets, in Warsaw’s borough of Muranów, in the heart of the old Jewish quarter, of which one part became the Warsaw ghetto in 1940. The museum will stand across from the Monument of Ghetto Heroes designed by Nathan Rapoport and was designed so it opens up on the monument and creates with it a cohesive whole.
The Core Exhibition is the heart and soul of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Eight galleries, occupying more than 4,000 m² of space, will present 1000 years of history of the largest Jewish community in the world, settled on Polish land. The exhibition will show this presence in the manner that has never been shown before. Instead of artifacts locked in dusty display cabinets, visitors will participate in an interactive tale about Jewish history, culture and religion based on source materials – drawings, photographs, films and articles of everyday use.
see the construction progress (2007-2012)
The building will have 12,800 m2 of useable space. One-third will be occupied by the Core Exhibition. The remainder – by temporary exhibitions, a multi-purpose conference/cinema/concert hall, Educational Centre film projection and workshop rooms, club, restaurant and café.
- 1996 – The idea of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews is born
- 1997 – Transfer of land for the Museum by the City of Warsaw
- 2005 – International architectural competition for design of the Museum building is won by Finnish architect Rainer Mahlamäki
- 2007 – Ceremony of laying the foundation act
- 2008 – Invitation to tender for the construction of the Museum
- 2009 – Selection of the winning bidder – Polimex-Mostostal. Ceremonial start of Museum construction. Preparatory works, pouring the concrete base plate, start of structural works
- 2010 – Further structural and reinforced-concrete works, construction of the curved wall and exterior walls; the Museum reaches full height
- 2012 – Finishing works, installation of the Core Exhibition, preparing the building to receive visitors
- 2013 – Opening of the Museum
Another good reason to visit Warsaw soon…. :)