On Sunday, the Polish Army Museum at the Citadel was officially opened. – So far, it has operated in borrowed buildings, and now it operates in a building that was built for the Polish Army Museum – said the head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak during the opening ceremony.
During his speech, Błaszczak reminded that the Polish Army Museum was established in 1920. – Over the years, generations of Poles have visited exhibitions organized in Aleje Ujazdowskie in the part of the National Museum lent to the Polish Army Museum – he said.
He stressed that so far, for all these years, the Polish Army Museum has been operating in buildings that were lent. – From now on, the Polish Army Museum operates in a building that was built for the Polish Army Museum; designed in such a way that it is possible to display everything that constitutes the collection of the Polish Army Museum in the simplest and most accessible manner – he explained.
He added that it is also important that the Polish Army Museum is located in the Citadel. – So, in a place that has been closed to visitors for years, due to the fact that military units were located in this place. Today this place is open, he stressed.
– The inaugural exhibition, which was opened today, occupies a larger area than the permanent exhibition of the Polish Army Museum in its former seat. This shows the scale of possibilities offered by the new location, the new place of the Polish Army Museum – noted Błaszczak.
The head of the Ministry of National Defense thanked for the very good cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Letter from President Andrzej Duda
In a letter addressed to the participants of the ceremony, President Andrzej Duda emphasizes that “today’s event – like the history of the Polish army itself – is full of symbolism.”
“The establishment of an institution so important for Polish culture and historical memory proves that, looking into the future, modernizing and developing the armed forces on an unprecedented scale, we also pay tribute to the armies of the past, to all formations fighting for the freedom and independence of the Republic of Poland, of which we are proud and which are for us a model of patriotism, bravery and honor” – he added.
“The concept of the Museum follows the spirit of the best contemporary models of telling about history. It will be a source of pride for Poles, but also – as we will see – it will attract crowds of friends and history buffs” – assessed Andrzej Duda. “Together with the Polish History Museum, the Katyn Museum and the 10th Citadel Pavilion – an important branch of the Museum of Independence – it will be one of the largest and most modern museum complexes in Europe” – he emphasizes.
The President indicates that the opening of the new headquarters will add splendor to the beginning celebrations of the Polish Army Day with a parade. “This proves our deep attachment to the history of the arms, it is co-created by the history of every Polish soldier who deserved to be commemorated with the blood shed in defense of the homeland” – he noted.
“As the commander of the Armed Forces, I am glad that the great traditions and combat deeds of Polish soldiers are duly honored in the new facility of the Polish Army Museum,” Duda stressed.
The letter on behalf of President Andrzej Duda was read by the head of the President’s office, Paweł Szrot.
Main photo source: PAP/Albert Zawada