‘The Eagle and Five Stars of the University. An exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the University of Warsaw’
The exhibition is housed in the historical Tyszkiewicz-Potocki Palace located at 32 Krakowskie Przedmieście. The palace underwent major renovation in 2015. The exhibition marks the start of the bicentennial celebrations of the University of Warsaw, presenting it at the start of its existence in the second and third decades of the nineteenth century. It was an era of dynamic change, new discoveries and the birth of science as we know it today. The university professors themselves often amassed collections for research purposes, carried out analysis and classified the materials available, while at the same time passing on their acquired knowledge to the students. It is these surviving elements of the artistic and scientific collections amassed in cabinets that now constitute the basis of the exhibition of the University of Warsaw Museum. Among the invaluable artefacts, in addition to the paintings, engravings and plaster casts of statues, there are medical instruments, coins and seal dies, specimens of animals and plants, as well as other rare objects such as a model of the Arch of Constantine in Rome made from cork board. All these objects could be found at the University during the years when Fryderyk Chopin lived on the campus, as a student of the Main Music School of the department of Science and Fine Arts.
Warsaw University Museum
Krakowskie Przedmieście 32
Open: Mondays to Fridays 10 am – 4 pm
Entry is free of charge for individual visitors
Exhibition designer: Krzysztof Mordyński
Texts and arrangement of the exhibits: Krzysztof Mordyński, Anna Bińkowska, Małgorzata Przybyszewska, Janusz Rudziński, Adam Tyszkiewicz
Project financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education fund for promoting education.