The foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Polish History Museum (MHP) took place on Thursday morning in the Warsaw Citadel.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the director of the MHP Robert Kostro signed the foundation act, which, alongside a time capsule and the foundation stone, were laid at the construction site of the museum.
PM Morawiecki said that the museum will be the perfect place for telling the true history of the nation. He also stressed the importance of the creation of the MHP, saying it will serve also to next generations of Poles.
“The true history, where we were the pathfinders of unity and freedom, has to be told in our language. Poland, like no other nation in the world, has nothing to be ashamed of, because it has done so much good for Europe, yet it did so few evil things. It used to happen, of course, but at an incomparably low level,” the PM said.
“We have to make use of our history to defend the rights of our state. Our ancestors, who fought for the freedom of the whole nation, deserve that,” he added.
Earlier in July, state authorities and the director of the MHP attended the groundbreaking ceremony at the building area.
The MHP was established in 2006 and was seeking a permanent office and exhibition space until 2015, when the decision on building the museum in the Warsaw Citadel was made.
The MHP will be one of the most modern museums in Europe. There will be a permanent exhibition with an area of 7,000 square meters, making it the largest historical exhibition in Poland. The building also features an educational center, a multifunctional conference center with an auditorium, and a cinema/theater room. According to initial estimates, the museum will be visited by at least half a million visitors per year.
The opening of the MHP permanent exhibition is scheduled for 2021.