The Polish Museum, Rapperswil

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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.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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  • Polish Museum in Rapperswil is a Museum in the "old style". There are no spectacular multimedia shows, but you might want to visit them. We can admire the paintings of Polish artists Józef Brandt, Józef Chełmoński, Teodor Axentowicz. Here Chopin's death mask and a cast of his hand, watch Tadeusz Kościuszko and many other exhibits. However, the most interesting are the information and documents with a very little known in Poland, the fate of several thousand Polish soldiers from the second division Fusiliers Division interned in 1940 year in Switzerland. Interned soldiers performed roses work on economy of Switzerland. They worked on the construction of roads and bridges, in mining, forestry, agricultural holdings. In total donated more than 7 million. shifts, and the effects of their work today are used to the Swiss. Soldiers were learning opportunities at different levels from primary school to higher studies. For more information about this period can be obtained from Ms. curator. Let us remember that the Museum, especially since in Switzerland are zakusy to them. To go to the Museum in Rapperswil especially since the ticket costs only 5 francs.
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  • In this small Swiss town found refuge and freedom fighters of Poland. In the mid-19th century, Vladislav Pliater, organized in one of the towers of the castle of Rapperswil Museum, and rchdom with it installed a convoy of liberty. Here are stored the urn containing the heart of Tadeusz Kościuszko mumificirovannym before removing it in Warsaw. Before the war the Museum had resumed. After the restoration, with the participation of Polish emigrants Museum opened for the third time. Now beside the entrance to the Museum in the courtyard there is a nice place for visitors with tables and a white ceiling. Unfortunately the Museum closes very early. I went there without a quarter five, but the Museum has already completed services to visitors.
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  • Oct. 2017. An interesting Museum, by chance I came by here. Nice staff, man gets much explains, the museum itself is also very interesting. There is a small souvenir shop with interesting products from Poland. Amber goods are offered. I bought a piece of amber SOAP.
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