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Museum of the Polish Army (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego) description and photos - Poland: Warsaw. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Muzeum Wojska Polskiego.
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Museum of the Polish Army is a museum in Warsaw dedicated to the military history of Poland. It is the second largest museum in the country after the National Museum.
The museum was founded in 1920 by a decree of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Jozef Pilsudski. Bronislaw Gembarzewski, an outstanding military historian and museum expert, was appointed director.
In 1939, the museum's collection already numbered more than 60,000 exhibits that were exported to Germany during the German occupation. In 1946, only 40 thousand exhibits returned to the museum, 20 thousand were never found.
The permanent exhibition of the museum demonstrates the history of the Polish army, including a collection of weapons from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, works of art, books , documents and valuable photographs. In the museum, you can see guns, aircraft and armored vehicles from the First and Second World Wars, exhibited in the museum courtyard. Of particular interest are: the authentic saddle of Napoleon I dating back to the Egyptian campaign, a collection of personal belongings of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, as well as the armor of Polish kings, the 17th century chain mail of Jan Kosimir, the sword of Stanislav August Poniatowski, the 17th century mace of the hetman Stalislav Jablonowski.
In 2014, the museum is to move to the Warsaw Citadel - a Russian fortress built in the 19th century. The architectural competition for the design of the new museum was won by WXCA.
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