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The Emigration Museum in Gdynia

If you try to come up with something that queen Świętosława, known as „the mother of Kings”, Roksolana, the wife of Sulejman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire and composer Fryderyk Chopin have in common, you might not come up with anything at first try. But when you visit the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, it quickly turns out, that there is something significant, that unites these, and many other historical characters…

When you think of the seaside towns in Poland, the first thing that comes to mind is care-free summer vacation, the smell of fried fish and the sweet taste of waffles. But this region of Poland is also full of cultural attractions. One of the most recent ones is the Emigration Museum in Gdynia. If you aren’t sure what is the weather forecast for your seaside vacation and are looking for an idea for plan R (as for rain 🙂 ), this place might be just the thing for you.

The exhibit of the Emigration Museum leads us chronogically through the history of Poland, focusing on the aspect associated with emigration. In the first room you can get familiar with interesting people, which you might have heeard of in other context, but whom we didn’t associate with emigration. Did you know that Świętosława, the wife of Mieszko I, gave birth to the future king of Denmark, Sweden and England, or that Kościuszko was famous for fights at the area of today’s United States of America? Or did you know that Michał Piotr Boym, the Polish Jesuit was exploring China and creating pioneer description of chinese medicine in the 17th century?

It might be surprising, but it’s true! These, and many other facts ae guaranteed to shock you, while you visit the Emigration Museum in Gdynia.

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