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“To Board!” – the amazing exhibition

We are pleased to invite you to the Granaries on Ołowianka Island to see and participate in some of the most famous naval battles. The exhibition scenario was inspired by 4 historic events: the Battle of Salamis (480 BC), the Battle of Vistula Lagoon (1463), the Battle of Oliva (1627) and contemporary pirate attacks on merchant vessels in the area of the Somali Peninsula.

Due to the carefully planned scenery, visitors can feel themselves aboard a military vessel, explore its life and service conditions, moreover, they are almost able to participate in a naval battle.

All of these things are possible due to the reconstructed fragment of a 17th century gun deck with three cannons: a cannon copy on a gun carriage with a gunsmith tool set, an original cannon from the Swedish vessel “Solen” and an interactive installation with a cannon copy on a gun carriage constructed for visitors willing to take a shot at the opponent’s vessel.

The exhibition also includes valuable arms, both cold steel and firearm, dating back to the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, lent to the PMM from the collections of the National Museum in Kraków, the Polish Army Museum in Warsaw and the Malbork Castle Museum. The exhibition is complemented with the arms from the PMM collection recovered from the shipwreck of the Swedish vessel “Solen”, which sank after the explosion of a gunpowder chamber during the Battle of Oliva. Models of ships and vessels, as well as tactile models of conditions before and after a battle and also copies of antique and medieval arms are presented as a wonderful addition to the exhibition. The copies of arms  include i.a. offensive and defensive arms of a Greek hoplite, a Persian infantryman and also arms of the 15th century regular units. Visitors are allowed not only to see the copies from a close distance, but also to touch and try them on.

Workshops and lessons for children and young people and also a series of lectures related to the topic of the exhibition are held as a part of the accompanying educational programme.

For more information, please visit the exhibition website – doabordazu.nmm.pl


“To Board!”
The Granaries 28.11.2012-29.09.2013