Main Town Hall, Gdansk, Pomorskie Voivodship, Poland

The Historical Museum of the City of Gdansk was established in 1970 (Resolution of the Presidium of the Provincial National Council of 31 March 1970 as a branch of the Pomeranian Museum in Gdansk. The newly rebuilt Town Hall of the City was re-established. In the former municipal seat, erected in the 14th century, collections of the history of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day began to be collected.

The institution from scratch did not have a museum back-up, ie the content studios and the collections. There was an educational and audiovisual room, exhibition and technical room. In spite of these difficulties, the museum developed: new exhibits, exhibitions and publishing activities, and museum education. Today the museum collects 20,695 objects (as of December 31, 2012).

From the very beginning, the institution was expanded to include more historical buildings. As a result of these efforts, the most valuable monuments of Gdańsk’s secular architecture, but with different states of behavior, were included in the museum’s possession. The Museum was obliged to complete their reconstruction, revamp and adaptation to museum functions. Intensive renovations and construction and conservation work have become indispensable elements of museum reality.

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