Accepted paper:

Ethnographic museums and open-air-museums as carriers of the Polish multicultural history.


Anna Czyzewska (Ethnographic Laboratory Association)

Paper short abstract:

Polish ethnographic museums are the museums that represent the multicultural traditions of Poland. At the same time they are dedicated to Polish minorities. How and by whoe those minorirites are preseneted is worth attention.

Paper long abstract:

In 2012 the Ethnographic Laboratory Association carries out ethnographic research project "Polsih Etnographic museums and open-air-museum in the new reality", whose aim was to analyze the current situation of Polish ethnographic museum. In the assumption ethnographic museums, as well as open-air-museum had to collect, store, preserve and exhibit artifacts of traditional culture and after some time also popular. In our project we have focused on several areas: to look at both the educational activities carried out in museums, as well as issues showroom. Other area of our interest was the question of the representation of multicultural tradition in Poland. Ethnographic museums and heritage are the most unique museums that represent not only the multicultural past of Polish, but also are the only museums dedicated to national minorities, ethnic and religious. We want to show how the individual minorities (Jewish, German, Lithuanian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Lemko, Dutch and others) are presented in Polish museums.

panel MUS05
The role of the museum of ethnography in a changing multi-cultural society: issues of ethnicity, identity and cultural heritage (IUAES Commission of Museums and Cultural Heritage)