Museum of Nicholas Coeprnicus

Visiting The Museum of Nicholas Copernicus starts with the 18 minutes long performance: the light and sound presentation at the model of Torun from around 1500. The scenario of the performance, in 8 language versions, presents the most significant events in the history of the town, its architecture and the layout in the second half of the 15th century. It shows visitors dramatic events of wars between Poland and The Teutonic Knights` Order in the 15th century, and describes the role of town in the conflicts.

The lecturer’s voice guides visitors around the streets of mediaeval Torun, pointing at magnificent churches, the town halls of Old and New Towns, the gates leading to suburban town properties and the Vistula riverbank. The sound effects of movement and town noises let one hear Torun rafts-men on the river or quarreling hucksters. The performance also includes the information about Nicholas Copernicus and his family, as well as the places connected with him. The whole of the performance is operated by the computer, and the picture is shown thanks to the modern video-projector. The model has been shown since 1973. Another exhibition: The merchant culture in Torun in the times of Nicholas Copernicus is presented in the most suitable place: thoroughly reconstructed interiors of the 15th century merchant house of the type called house-store, characteristic for the mediaeval towns of Hanza Community. The interior of the house is divided into two tract. In the ground floor the room of special significance is called the High Vestibule, which occupies the whole space, of the height of 5 m. It was used for living and trading purposes. Special attention should be paid to: multifunction joint leading to the cellars, into the yard, to the rear room and upstairs levels; the 15th century timber ceiling covered with the 17th century polychrome; and a spacious bay in the east wall, with the brims of molding bricks painted red, which is a characteristic feature of vestibules in Torun. In the south-western wing there is a partially reconstructed fragment of the kitchen with a hooded chimney, without the hearth. In the House of Nicholas Copernicus you can also see exhibitions: Nicholas Copernicus- his life and work, The Rappersvil Exhibition, The study of a scholar and The World of Torun Gingerbread.

Address: 15/17 Kopernika Street

Opening hours:
Mondays – closed

Tuesdays – Sundays – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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