The example of the Czar CZL museum shows that you can successfully run a fully private facility of this type.
Private museum Czar PRL (www.czarprl.pl) was promoted from the suburbs of the capital to Plac Konstytucji, it is located next to the Polonia Theater of Krystyna Janda.
Collector Rafał Patla (born in 1985) from 2013 ran a museum in the distant Praga. It occupied a space of 100 meters. Now the exhibition is over 250 meters. We are watching objects that illustrate the post-war history of Poland. Today, they are already bidding heavily on auctions. The collector won them when they did not arouse interest.
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Rafał Patla reconstructed the lives of Poles in the People’s Republic of Poland. The iconic products are placed on special screens. For example, hair dryers with avant-garde shapes make a great impression. You can see that even in the 1950s, we had brilliant designers of everyday objects. The dryer is a dozen or so. Every now and then there is a triumphal cry: “I had this!” Vacuum cleaners, tape recorders, portable radios and, for example, popular soaps, have also been exposed.
A street carbonator makes a great impression with a glass on a chain. There is an after-shave lotion that was unofficially used for drinking, as cheap alcohol. These motifs are known from the cult films of Stanisław Bareja. Many guests have a tear in their eye looking at the legendary Frania washing machine.
The cult washing machine Frania has been repeatedly presented in museums at exhibitions on the post-war history of Poland. Fig. press materials
Zomo is watching
The attraction for children is the telephone booth. The search for the payphone took years, because today is an absolute unique. Similarly, you could not get the typical hooks from the butcher’s shop. But the shop was reconstructed with bare hooks and meat vouchers that had no cover in the goods.
The apartments of the intellectual and worker were reconstructed . They differ in equipment. In the apartment of the intellectual there are furniture from the 1960s. The production of the ŁAD cooperative, the same today is sensational at the auctions. The exhibition in the museum ennobles objects used in the PRL. Will it affect the increase in their prices on the antiquarian market?
In the ideological corner, we have a choice of Lenin’s and Karl Marx’s heads . It is worth paying attention to the framed annuals of “Dziennik Ustaw” from the years of Stalinism. Exhibits are not accidental jumble. The collector gained them over the years with a view to educating the museum’s guests.
The walls have large, legible descriptions in Polish and English. The guest leaves the museum with a powerful dose of historical knowledge. He also gains something more. The climate of life in those times was recreated here . For example, on a hanger hangs fur from nutria – every elegant Polish woman once dreamed of it, it was a symbol of wealth!
After reading the best textbook, we do not understand the absurdity of life in those days . We better understand these times when we look at hideous fur from nutria or nasty shoes called crisis, sewn from felt, when there was no skin or even imitation leather. To the set on the walls we have archival photographs of kilometer queues to stores. The whole is guarded by the ZOMO-rook standing at the entrance in full armament.
Poles’ quality of life changed radically after 1989 (residential interior). Fig. press materials
School trips in the museum of the People’s Republic of Poland
Already in the stairwell we are greeted by the legendary poster of Tomasz Sarnecki with the sheriff motif and the inscription “At noon. “Solidarity” June 4, 1989 “. The poster encouraged participation in elections that overthrew communism. Painted cabinets with photographs and conspiratorial leaflets from martial law were hung along the stairs. There is an original, underground edition, the obituary of Grzegorz Przemyk, a high school student murdered by the militia. Ready to assemble is a monitor from which actress Joanna Szczepkowska will deliver a historical communique she made on television in 1989: “Ladies and gentlemen, on June 4, 1989, communism ended in Poland …”
The new headquarters has a cinema room, and film chronicles from the communist era are displayed. The café will open soon. It has period equipment. On the walls, paintings of Jerzy Srokowski from the legendary Warsaw cafe Antyczna were reconstructed.
In the next room will be kindergarten. There, little ones will be able to play with the same toys as their grandparents. During this time, we have children will have a nice time in the cafe.
School trips especially come to the museum for history lessons . Rafał Patla informs that young people are surprised that such a radical change took place in Poland after 1989! The students did not realize that in the PRL life was so poor and gray.
The water saturator has a glass attached to the chain. We know similar devices from popular films by Stanisław Bareja. Fig. press materials
Nysa around Warsaw
– Students do not know what a centrally planned economy was . They do not understand why the highest authorities of the Polish People’s Republic have even decided to produce twine straps, which were missing each year. Students do not even know what food cards and foreign currency vouchers for Bank Pekao served at the exhibition.
The objects exhibited in the museum are used as an illustration of the post-war history of Poland. Students after leaving the museum should know why this system was created, how it lived then and why this reality had to end – says Rafał Patla.
Frequent visitors are tourists from around the world. They come here especially. The museum’s creator says: – Tourists from the world in our museum find the answer to the question of what communism was, which they did not experience themselves. Tourists know nothing about the history of Poland, for example about martial law.
They do not know how people lived in this part of the world in 1945-1989. They order tours around Warsaw with us. We have our Nysia, which we transport to the willing, and the guide tells the history of Warsaw – continues Rafał Patla.
The official opening will take place on February 28, but today at least 50 people visit this place daily. The collection was ideally suited to the social demand. The elders are moved because the exhibition reminds them of youth, they bring gifts. The museum is quite a private initiative. He does not use subsidies or rent privileges, the place won at the tender.