Shipwreck Conservation Centre in Tczew is open and ready for visitors!
On July 2nd, at 10.00, first visitors entered the Shipwreck Conservation Centre in Tczew – a new branch of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk. It is not only a conservation workshop, studio warehouse or place for education and fun, but above all an institution that shows how the Museum really works.
– We were eagerly awaiting this moment because it’s always a huge satisfaction to be able to present to the visitors a new object – says Szymon Kulas, Deputy Director of the National Maritime Museum and the project manager for the Shipwreck Conservation Centre. – We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do, and that the guests will admire the restored yachts, wonder about how the huge hoist and scanner work as well as marvel at the exceptionally displayed relics. There was a bit of uncertainty while we waited too because we offer something new, we are pioneers and we operate in a specific thematic niche. However, the first praise and congratulations from visitors only confirmed that this unusual projects and unconventional solutions are something welcomed by the guests of every Museum – adds Szymon Kulas.
The National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk is an institution which can offer tourists as many as nine completely different branches. Shipwreck Conservation Centre is the youngest one and, similarly to the other subsidiaries, has a separate, really strong character. Built in 2016, Shipwreck Conservation Centre is one of the few places in the country where you can observe the museum conservators at work, explore the history of Polish sailing, learn how boats and ships were once constructed as well as profit from the educational offer.
On the opening day visitors were able to experience the new branch inside and out: visit places that aren’t accessible every day, such as the X-ray laboratory and 3D modeling workshop, talk to the employees – curators and educators who were happy to share information about Tczew exhibits and their work. – It is very constructive for each museologists to see real interest and curiosity – says Irena Rodzik, Head of NMM’s Conservation Department. – Opening a new branch just made us hungry for more: we look forward to the next open days, Museum Nights or curatorial tours. We love our guests and we hope to see them more often.
Shipwreck Conservation Centre during summer season is opened all throughout the week from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. You can still enroll for holiday activities conducted within the framework of the educational offer.