The Solidarity Museum of Communism in Gdansk

Monument in the Museum of Communism in Gdansk

Monument in the Museum of Communism in Gdansk ©PolandMFA/Flick

In all former communist countries are museums dedicated to this dark period that they experienced.

In Poland there are even two museums of this kind, one in the capital city of Warsaw and another in the place where started the collapse of the communist parties in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, the harbor city of Gdansk. Today we want to present the Museum of Communism in Gdansk formerly known as the European Solidarity Center Roads to Freedom Exhibition.

The Museum of Communism in Gdansk is a small museum presenting the history of Poland between the years 1956 and 1989.

It is a collection of multimedia displays and objects illustrating the way to democracy in Poland. The Roads to Freedom exhibition is a time capsule where you will face how the country looked like 60 years ago. You will also be presented the dedication and the sacrifices that were needed to accomplish that change.

Militia Armour Vehicle at the Museum of Communism in Gdansk

Militia Armour Vehicle at the Museum of Communism in Gdansk ©Eoghan OLionnain/Flick

Entering the museum of communism in Gdansk

You go down on some dark stairs to the Museum of Communism. After the darkness you are frightened by sirens and warnings from the Polish militia that says among other things do not move, do not talk and so on. The audio input is probably activated by some sensors at the entrance. After the first fright you begin to look at the walls that are filled with informative messages and photos of that specific time. Everything is translated into English and at the entrance you also receive bilingual brochure so you can understand it.

Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers

Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers ©erinc salor/Flick

The tour of the museum of communism

The tour of the Museum of Communism inevitably takes you everywhere. There are rooms where you can sit on benches and watch video projections from the time of the communism with the most important moments. In other rooms you will see full reproduction of groceries, dining rooms or cells for prisoners. There are also some rooms reserved for photo exhibitions of these times. There is of course a place where you can buy souvenirs that you shouldn’t miss.

Some general information for visiting the museum

If you consider visiting the Solidarity Museum of Communism in Gdansk you should know that it is closed only on Mondays and it is opened every day between 10:00 and 16:00. The entrance is very cheap, but it is worth the money. It is a small museum, you can visit in about an hour, but is an interactive and realistic representation

Monument in the Museum of Communism in Gdansk

Monument in the Museum of Communism in Gdansk ©PolandMFA/Flick

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