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The Polish Museum, Rapperswil

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4/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
The Polish Museum, Rapperswil, was founded in Rapperswil, Switzerland, on October 23, 1870, by Polish Count Władysław Broel-Plater, at the urging of Agaton Giller, as "a refuge for Poland's historic memorabilia dishonored and plundered in the occupied Polish homeland" and for the promotion of Polish interests.Except for two hiatuses (1927–36, 1952–75), the Museum has existed to the present day—an outpost of Polish culture in Switzerland, a country which, over the past two centuries, has given refuge to generations of Poles.In late 2014, however, it was reported that, within two years, Swiss authorities will be evicting the Polish Museum from Rapperswil Castle.FoundingThe Polish Museum is housed in the Rapperswil Castle, atop that town's Herrenberg. Erected in the 12th century by Count Rudolf of Rapperswil, the castle passed, together with the town, into the hands of the Habsburgs. Rapperswil became a free city (Freie Reichsstadt) in 1415, and eventually joined the Swiss Confederation. Over the course of time, the castle fell into disrepair.In the second half of the 19th century, the castle was leased for 99 years from the local authorities by a post-November 1830 Uprising Polish émigré, Count Władysław Broel-Plater (a relative of Emilia Plater, a heroine of the same 1830 Uprising), who had been in Switzerland since 1844. At his own expense he restored the castle, and on October 23, 1870, opened there the Polish National Museum.
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  • The view of the castle is beautiful from all sides, valw worth going forward and don't let dw entered the Castle.
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  • We turned up there by a coincidence and didn't expect much. We all were (four friends) amazed by this small but very specific museum, which shows in chronological order history of Poland. For someone ...  read more »
  • For me, it is a symbol of Europe, of our common history. Very valuable visit. Good to know: important people want to close the Museum, and a restaurant to open, or other tourist attraction... Just a tip. It lacks air conditioning, it's really warm in summer.
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