The Polish Museum, Rapperswil

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The Polish Museum, Rapperswil, was founded in Rapperswil, Switzerland, on October 23, 1870, by Polish Count Władysław Broel-Plater, at the urging of Agaton Giller, as "a refuge for Poland's historic memorabilia dishonored and plundered in the occupied Polish homeland" and for the promotion of Polish interests.Except for two hiatuses (1927–36, 1952–75), the Museum has existed to the present day—an outpost of Polish culture in Switzerland, a country which, over the past two centuries, has given refuge to generations of Poles.FoundingThe Polish Museum is housed in the Rapperswil Castle, atop that town's Herrenberg. Erected in the 12th century by Count Rudolf of Rapperswil, the castle passed, together with the town, into the hands of the Habsburgs. Rapperswil became a free city (Freie Reichsstadt) in 1415, and eventually joined the Swiss Confederation. Over the course of time, the castle fell into disrepair.In the second half of the 19th century, the castle was leased for 99 years from the local authorities by a post-November 1830 Uprising Polish émigré, Count Władysław Broel-Plater (a relative of Emilia Plater, a heroine of the same 1830 Uprising), who had been in Switzerland since 1844. At his own expense he restored the castle, and on October 23, 1870, opened there the Polish National Museum. Arrange your visit to The Polish Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Rapperswil using our Rapperswil road trip planner.
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  • Located in the castle on the top of old city, it repèresent a part of the history. 5 CHF of ticket, but very well maintained and explained, unfortunately just in german language, so no so foreign... 
    Located in the castle on the top of old city, it repèresent a part of the history. 5 CHF of ticket, but very well maintained and explained, unfortunately just in german language, so no so foreign...  more »
  • The museum is on the second floor of the castle and has an entry fee of 5 CHF or EUR. The path to the tower is also via the museum. There are different artifacts show casing the history of poles in... 
    The museum is on the second floor of the castle and has an entry fee of 5 CHF or EUR. The path to the tower is also via the museum. There are different artifacts show casing the history of poles in...  more »
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  • Museum located on the 2nd floor of Rapperswil Castle, which gives a good insight into Polish history and culture. A visit is therefore also worthwhile for non-Poles; especially because the longstanding friendship between Switzerland and Poland is shown. For example through numerous documents from the time of the internment of Polish soldiers and officers during the Second World War. Alternating exhibitions of paintings by Polish artists or objects of art (Amber Exhibition 2017) complement the diversity of the Poland Museum. A climb to the top floor of the west tower (Gügelerturm) is included in the entrance fee to the museum for CHF 5. Above you can expect a great view of the old town of Rapperswil, Lake Zurich and the Alps towards Glarus and Eastern Switzerland.
  • Museum is showing various polish elements in Switzerland and show how both countries are connected. There is a lot of historical elements. Sadly persons are not binded to history, so without knowing Polish history, it might be hard to understand why given person was important.

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