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Gdynia City Museum

History

The new seat of the Gdynia City Museum is a modern bright sandstone building located where the sea and land meet. It was opened by the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński during a ceremony that took place on 16th November 2007. This event ended Gdynia’s long struggle for a suitable place to present its past or a place where generations could exchanges thoughts, experiences and dreams. The idea of setting up a municipal museum in Gdynia was born among the local elite in the 60s of the 20th century. Its activity and determination resulted in the City Public Library setting up the City History Documentation Department which was located in the historic house from the early 20th century in 30 Starowiejska Street, in which a Kashubian activist and a Polish patriot Antoni Abraham lived for several years.

For 14 years, researchers and enthusiasts of the project gathered exhibits: photographs, postcards, documents on social life, posters, plans, maps and works of art, which became the basis of the collection for the Gdynia City Museum which the Mayor founded on 1st January 1983. Its management’s office was located in Starowiejska Street, in the so-called Abraham’s house.

The warehouse and exhibition facilities were located in the former Gdynia’s artists’ exhibition pavilion in 21 Waszyngtona Street, where the Gemini Leisure Centre is today. The time when the Museum waited for its new building was spent organizing exhibitions and events, extending the collections and, above all, building lasting, strong relations with the local community. Tens of thousands of objects gathered in the Museum are a source of knowledge about the past and today’s life of the city, which constantly fascinates tourists and makes new generations of its inhabitants proud.

Mission

Gdynia

Gdynia is a unique city in Polish history. It is Poland’s dream of access to the sea come true as well as the most spectacular outcome of Poles’ 20th century modernization efforts. Therefore, it is a city in which modernity and everyday life are intertwined with myths – the myth of the sea, the myth of modernity, the myth of entrepreneurship, the myth of Polishness, the myth of the interwar, the myth of the city. We want to explore the ordinary, everyday history and modernity of the city as well as its mythology, or, more precisely, its various mythologies.

modernity

Gdynia is modernity’ – modern politics, economics and architecture or modern transport. As a part of its activity, the Museum explores and presents modernity in its diversity – its good and bad aspects or the relevant and obsolete ones as well as the spectacular and the ordinary, which may be barely noticeable.

designing

Gdynia is a modernist city. Modernism and design are closely intertwined. The modern world is largely a designed world. We are surrounded by completed design projects: buildings, vehicles, objects, prints. Gdynia presents design as an important element of our lives. We want to present the important, interesting, typical, unique famous of forgotten phenomena in Polish and international design.

Education

Just like every city, Gdynia not only lives with present, but also designs the future of the urban community. We understand the importance of education for building a good future and we know that culture has the power to bond communities, so cultural education is one of the most important goals for us. Through education based on modern ideas, we want to not only explain phenomena around us, but also to provide tools for independent interpretation of the world and culture.

Current exhibitions

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13.07–2.09.2018

“At the Water’s Edge”. Memories from the divided Baltic Sea

Shortly after the end of the Second World War the former English Prime minister Winston Churchill held the famous Fulton-speech. He said: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” But the iron curtain he spoke about started far more north, into the Gulf of Finland.

7.07–14.10.2018

Karol Śliwka. Polish Design Polish Designers

During the fifth exhibition in the Polish Design Polish Designers series, Gdynia City Museum presents the work of Karol Śliwka (b. 1932), an outstanding graphic designer, the creator of over 400 logos that have been a part of Polish everyday life for the past sixty years...

Projects

Turn on the museum!

"Turn on the Museum!" is a project which included people with sight and hearing disabilities in various activities of the institution and encouraged them to experience culture creatively.

Baltic mini textile Gdynia

Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia (formerly International Baltic Triennial of Miniature Textile in Gdynia) is the youngest of the four major weaver miniature reviews in Europe. However, it has already developed its own position and meaning. Thus, it can be compared to other prestigious international competitions organized in Szombathely (Hungary), Angers (France) and Como (Italy). In 2016, the 10th jubilee edition of the competition organized since 1993 will take place.

The open district

"Open District" is a project involving educational activities prepared by the Gdynia City Museum conducted outside the facility itself on 5th September 2015. It concerned Chylonia - perhaps the least-discovered district of Gdynia. The history of Chylonia goes back to the fifteenth century. What is more, there are real architectural gems from the turn of the 19th and the 20th century.

Modernism on free license

MODERNISM ON FREE LICENSE is a media and history education program prepared for Gdynia’s students, adults and seniors.

Journey to the interior of the house

is an innovative architectural education program of the Gdynia City Museum addressed to children aged 8-9 and 10-12. It consists of two modules.

Add history

Inaugurated during the Night of Museums 2015, the ADD HISTORY social campaign supports the process of building a new permanent exhibition "Gdynia - open work", which will open at the Gdynia City Museum at the end of 2016.

Awards

22.05.2017

Exhibition “Glass, metal, detail. Gdynia's architecture in detail” THE HISTORICAL EVENT OF 2016

We are very pleased to inform you that the exhibition of the Gdynia City Museum, "Glass, metal, detail. The architecture of Gdynia in detail” won the nationwide competition for the Historical Event of the Year organized by the Museum of Polish History. (Photo: Museum of Polish History)

22.05.2016

Honours in the Competition for the Museum Event of the Year 2016 Sybilla

Two of our projects: "Show yourself Senatura!" and the publication "Mr. Modern and colourful life in white Gdynia" prepared by the Gdynia City Museum Education Centre received special mentions in the competition for the Museum Event of the Year Sybilla 2016.

 

Plan your visit

Addresss

Muzeum Miasta Gdyni
ul. Zawiszy Czarnego 1
81-374 Gdynia

Opening hours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays \ 10:00 –18:00
Thursdays \ 12:00–20:00
Saturdays, Sundays, holidays \ 10:00–17:00

Tickets

reduced: PLN 5 (per person)
normal: PLN 10 (per person)
family: PLN 15 (maximum two adults and 8 children under 18)

Additional info

Discounts

The following are entitled to reduced fare tickets at the Gdynia City Museum:
– groups of at least 11 adults who buy a guided tour;
– organized groups of at least 11 adults, who buy a guided tour;
– organized groups of at least 11 adults with a guide / courier who is not included in the number of people in the group and who gets free admission.
– holders of the Metropolitan Culture Card and holders of the Senior Plus Card
– people listed in the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 10th June 2008 on determining groups entitled to state museum fee reduction or waiver and the types of documents confirming these entitlements (Journal of Laws No. 160, item 994).

Free admission

On Friday, admission to permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Gdynia City Museum is free.
Gdynia City Museum admission fee waiver includes:
– people who were awarded Honorary Citizenship of Gdynia,
– employees of state museums and local government museums within the meaning of Art. 5 section 2 and 3 of the Act of 21 November 1996 on museums (i.e., Journal of Laws of 2012, item 987, as amended),
– members of the Association of Art Historians
– children under 7 years old

Guided tours

– guided tours of the exhibition for individuals in Polish: PLN 30 / up to 10 people
– guided tours of the exhibition for groups in Polish: PLN 20 / from 11 people
– guided tours of the exhibition in English: PLN 50 / person
The prices of the admission ticket to the exhibition should be added to the prices indicated.
Please book in advance at the Museum Education Centre at 58 662 09 35/36/37 or by email: edukacja@muzeumgdynia.pl.

Museum lessons

PLN 7 / participant
Please book in advance at the Museum Education Centre at 58 662 09 35/36/37 or by email: edukacja@muzeumgdynia.pl

Workshops

– museum workshops for children (kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools): PLN 10.00 / person,
– weekend workshops for families: PLN 10 per child, if the workshop is attended by siblings, the admission ticket for the second child costs PLN 5 and adults who accompany the children will be granted free admission
– workshops for adults: PLN 12 / person
– workshops for seniors: PLN 5 / person
– workshops for people with disabilities: PLN 50 / group
Please book in advance at the Museum Education Centre at 58 662 09 35/36/37 or by email: edukacja@muzeumgdynia.pl

Historic / architectural walks

– a walk for a school group of 25 people or more: PLN 300
– a walk for a group of at least 15 people: PLN 12 / person
Please book in advance at the Museum Education Center at 58 662 09 35/36/37 or by email: edukacja@muzeumgdynia.pl