The core exhibition tells the story of the right-bank of Warsaw in a variety of ways. In the History of Praga Room, we walk along a timeline, learning about the history of the city from the 16th century until today – based on copperplate engravings, paintings, photographs and multimedia. A large model of Golędzinów, Praga and Skaryszew draws the visitors’ attention – it shows what the areas looked like in the second half of the 18th century.
The Praga Market Hall, located on the second floor, brings to mind local marketplace traditions of this part of Warsaw; the objects on display and multimedia presentations tell the story of Praga’s location, as well as local bazaars and markets, crafts, industries, social activities, pastimes and infrastructure. Visitors have to opportunity to see an authentic stick for measuring a horse at the withers, a Kaiser roll-making machine, photographs showing the rich social, sporting and recreational lives of Praga residents’.
The historic basement of the Museum is full of artistic installations. Older visitors will be reminded of Stevie Wonder’s epic concert at the 10th-Year Anniversary Stadium (Stadion Dziesięciolecia), younger ones will enjoy more contemporary music. Next, visitors will be immersed in the Residents’ Stories Archive – anecdotes told by the residents of Praga themselves. When renovating the building, pre-war Jewish prayer rooms were discovered with beautiful original wall paintings still intact – they are definitely worth a visit.
It is worth ending your tour on the observation terrace – Praga looks entirely different from above!