National identity is the foundation on which every country and nation builds its existence, particularly during tempestuous times in history and during periods of oppression. History has clearly persuaded us that it is extremely important to take care of our “small homelands”. A nation which forgets its roots ceases to be a nation.
Museums as places for storing material and immaterial traces of history are one of the bodies which guard lasting national values.
The Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship is a unique institution in Poland and Europe due to its natural and historic profile and scope of its interests focusing both on hunting and horsemanship. Its additional strong point consists in its attractive location in the historic Cantonist Barracks and Kubicki Stables in the Royal Baths Park. A major part of its collection, consisting of about ten thousand items, was manufactured in the mid-19th century and in the 20th century in Poland and Western Europe. The first items were provided for the Museum by the Polish Hunting Association as permanent deposits; afterwards, the Museum made a number of purchases and has received plenty of donations. Our collections include hunting trophies and accessories, items related to the history of horse breeding and horsemanship, items related to hunting and horsemanship, such as paintings, engravings, sculptures, medals, artistic handicraft items, firearms and cold steel weapons, documents, photographs, old prints, icons, artefacts of Jewish origin and library collections.
The Museum currently presents a number of permanent exhibitions. The Field and the Forest consisting of two rooms: Forest and Birds, which presents Polish fauna, whilst Eye to Eye is a meeting with exotic animals from far away countries. Historic exhibitions differ in character. Polish Hunting Room at the Turn of the 19th Century restores the atmosphere of a Polish manor along with its family stories and patriotism, while Zbigniew Prus-Niewiadomski Carriage House, located in the Kubicki Stables, is a collection of various horse-drawn carriages and horse riding accessories used in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Permanent exhibitions present items collected by the museum and have been developed to meet the expectations of the modern public.
We intended and continue to intend to let our visitors ponder over the mysterious interrelationship and coexistence of man and nature, in the past, now and in the future. It is also a way of caring about our small homeland and remembering its history.
The Museum has developed versatile educational activities, exhibitions and research projects, very well reflected in the names of the Museum divisions:
1) Education and Exhibitions – a division which coordinates the creation of new exhibitions, partnership with schools, promotion and marketing, as well as publishing activities. It also manages the reference library.
2) The Natural Science and Hunting division is a taxidermical collection of natural science and hunting items.
3) The Hippological division, with its collection focusing on the history of horse breeding and usage .
4) The Art division embraces the majority of standard museum sections, including paintings, engravings, sculptures, medals, artistic handicrafts, furniture, old prints and similar items.
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