Collection of photographs and postcards of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil - part 2

History of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil 1868-1948

By The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Gallery 3rd floor (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Collection of the Museum

Władysław Plater intended to make the Museum a centre concentrating upon and integrating representatives of the Polish diaspora. One should not be surprised that, from the beginning of its existence, the Museum was supported by Polish people living in exile, who contributed to the Museum's support either financially or by offering different Museum pieces. Thanks to gifts and legacies of emigrants handing down works of art, souvenirs and military items, archives and book collections, initially modest exhibitions expanded quickly, taking over with time the space of the whole castle.

Album: Polish Museum in Rapperswil, Władysław hr. Plater, 1872, From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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Album: Polish Museum in Rapperswil, Franciszek Bondy, 1896, From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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Historical Portraits Hall (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

In archival photographs of the Museum we can see that the Museum was arranged in a manner typical of the XIX century.

Historical Memorabilia Hall (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Historical Memorabilia Hall (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Large collections of paintings, graphics, low reliefs, arms and banners hung next to each other, often covering the whole wall space.

Gallery 1st floor (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Gallery 1st floor (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Postcard "The Allegory of Poland“, From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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Historical Portraits Hall (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Special display cases with glazing on all sides were designed for the Museum.

Gallery 3rd floor (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Mickiewicz's Room (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Mickiewicz's Room with a collection of his manuscripts.

Postcard "Portrait of Mickiewicz", From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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Postcard "Adam Mickiewicz’s Medallion”, From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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Mickiewicz's Room (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Kopernik's Room (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

A miniature Copernicus´s Room presenting images of the great astronomer and his scientific instruments.

Lenartowicz's Room, 1900, From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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Lenartowicz's Room, 1900, From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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The Arms Room (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

The Uniform Room and the Arms Room displayed an exquisite collection of the Polish ordnance and uniforms stretching from The Middle Ages until XIX century.

Postcard "Armoury", From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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The Arms Room (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Bust of Frederic Chopin (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Kościuszko's Room (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Kościuszko`s Room holding extremely valuable mementos of his, everyday objects and portraits.

Postcard "Portrait of Kosciuszko", From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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"Postcard Tadeusz Kościuszko", Konstanty Żmigrodzki, 1917, From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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Postcard "Kościuszko's Room", From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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Picture Gallery (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Picture Gallery (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

The Gallery of Little Paintings was the biggest part of the museum, where hundreds of paintings, drawings and sculptures of eminent west-European masters (representatives of the Dutch, Flemish, German, Italian and French School of Painting, including works ascribed to P.P. Ruben and Sir A. Van Dyck), but first and foremost, the works of the most outstanding Polish artists.

Postcard "A Soldier’s Last Will 1831”The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Postcard "Poland Crucified”The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Postcard "The Library"The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Part of the Castle's second floor was taken up by an extensive library which at its peak contained over ninety thousand volumes further prints, photographs, notes and a cartographic collection.

The Library (1900)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Postcard "The Library"The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

From 1892 to 1896 in exactly this location worked as a librarian the distinguished writer - Stefan Żeromski. Amongst the most important people in expanding the Museum surely is Henryk Bukowski (1839-1900).

Postcard "Sobieski’s Tablecloth“The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Postcard "The Uniats‘ Massacre“The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Postcard "April 8th in Warsaw 1861”The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Postcard "Reytan"The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Postcard "Mikołaj Kopernik"The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Postcard "Portrait Room"The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

The Portrait Room where among other things were exhibited portraits and bust of people especially distinguished in Polish history or of the Polisch monarchs, national heroes and artists.

Postcard "Poland and Lithuania Coat of Arms", Konstanty Żmigrodzki, 1917, From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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Postcard "Władysław Plater", Konstanty Żmigrodzki, 1920, From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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A jubilee medal for the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil (1920) by Konstanty Żmigrodzki (design author)The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Postcard "Medal Henryk Sienkiewicz", Konstanty Żmigrodzki, 1924, From the collection of: The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
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Credits: Story

Curator of the exhibition:

Radosław Pawłowski

Text correction:

Anna Buchmann
Anna Tomczak

Digitalization of postcards and photographs:

Radosław Pawłowski
Ewa Wąski

Digitalization of postcards and old photographs, together with the current online exhibition, were financed from the funds of the Senate of the Republic of Poland within the framework of the programme strengthening the position of Polish and Polonia communities in the countries of their residence.

Developments of texts:

A. Badach, A. Piotrowska, "Muzeum Polskie w Rapperswilu", Warszawa-Rapperswil 2008,
H. Zielińska, "Die Polnische Freiheitssäule in Rapperswil, Rapperswil 1979,

Copyright: Archiwum Muzeum Polskiego w Rapperswilu.

www.polenmuseum.ch

Translation: Translation agency JUNIQUE

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