House of Nicolas Copernicus Museum, Torun

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Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń is located in Toruń, Poland. It was named after Nicolaus Copernicus who was born in this town in 1473.
The beginnings of higher education in ToruńThe first institution of higher education in Torun, the Toruń Academic Gymnasium was founded in 1568 on Piekary street. It was one of the first universities in northern Poland. The Academic Gymnasium was the precursor to scientific and cultural life (including the first museum created in 1594) in the region. Thanks to the efforts of Heinrich Stroband, city mayor in 1594, academics in Toruń received good working conditions for teaching and research. Among his professors in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were meritorious scholars of Polish and Prussian history, authors of textbooks and papers from various disciplines of humanities, and associates scientific journals.
The establishment of the university in a modern form began in the nineteenth century. During the partitions of Poland the Prussian government planned to create a University of Theology, which was to include faculties of law and economics, unfortunately this project did not materialise.
In the interwar period the city authorities of Toruń again sought to establish a university. Soon after the annexation of Pomerania to the reborn Poland in 1920, a new phase of efforts to develop the university began. Even before 1920 the Supreme People's Council had considered the proposal to establish higher educational institutions in the Polish territories annexed by Prussia at the University of Gdansk and in Toruń. However, political developments and the uncertain future of Pomerania prompted the council's leadership to accept the December 1918 resolution of the Sejm to overlook Toruń as a location for a new university and instead go ahead with the development of a university in Poznań.
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  • This magnificent gothic house is considered to be the birthplace of Nicholas Copernicus- great Polish astronom. House is a perfect example of old merchant’s house with typical arrangement of rooms...  more »
  • The place is really great to see. Not only Copernicul was born here and you can see how the family used to live, but you can also learn a lot of information, there are many interactive activities.  more »
  • RIDICULOUSLY GREAT. Going in I had no idea how much there was too see. Two hours is a good estimate if you follow the audio guide, but there are other tidbits of information that might take longer. Covers his life from start to his discovery and celestial changing understanding of our universe. You will need to climb stairs. Be prepared. Interactive experiences are fabulous and everything is laid out in a great chronological and themed fashion. I will definitely be going back. Only found the toilet at the entrance, do not think there is a toilet elsewhere. Closed on Mondays. Audio guide recommended (at 7 PLN) for a much more fulfilling and rounded experience. Absolutely. FABULOUS.
  • Very child unfriendly! Museum is good, but half of the items cannot be touched. I've been warned 4 times, by 3 different guards that my children must not touch anything! One of them started arguing that this is the case in every museum (we'll - it is not!). Since long time I haven't visited so child unfriendly place :(

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