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Narodowe Muzeum Morskie w Gdańsku

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PMM 2012 Activity Overview

07.02.2013 |

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PMM 2012 Activity Overview

The opening of the Maritime Culture Centre in Gdańsk, the new PMM department, has undoubtedly dominated the museum’s overall activities in the previous year. First months were devoted to intensive preparations aimed at opening the Centre for visitors, and before that, opening it for the staff: fully equipped conservation rooms and workshops for digital documentation of historical heritage are just a few of the facilities placed in MCC. After the official opening held on April 26th, hosting the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, representatives of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as the Ministry of Regional Development and the Gdańsk City authorities, the staff organized open days of the Centre on April 28th and 29th. It soon became clear, that our new department aroused great interest which remained the same during the following months and as a result, the Centre has acquired the highest attendance of all the PMM departments: 57,651 visitors. One of its main attractions is the first fully interactive educational exhibition "People – ships – ports" which has been the most frequently attended exhibition in PMM. The Education Department plays an important role in attracting visitors by organizing and conducting a number of regular activities for school groups and individual visitors, such as Educational Mondays, Let’s Meet At the Museum held at weekends, Colourful Saturdays art workshops, and also popular Birthday At the Museum.

Undoubtedly, the work of the Museum in 2012 has not been limited only to the Maritime Culture Centre. Several big exhibition projects have been successfully completed. The Vistula in the History of Poland (up till 1772), the first part of the new permanent exhibition, was opened in the Vistula River Museum in Tczew on February 28th. "To Board!" exhibition has been prepared on the highest level (due to the resources from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Society of Friends of the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdańsk), being i.a. the first exhibition with tactile models for the blind. Moreover, the "Polish Artists and the Sea" cycle organized as a part of the Baltic Science Festival was held for the tenth time and was devoted to Kazimierz Śramkiewicz, a professor of PWSSP (the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk) whose life and work were related to Gdańsk.

The list of PMM publications has been enriched by i.a. two new books from the "Works of the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdańsk" series: "Vistula Ships and Navigation Techniques between the 16th and 20th centuries" by Adam Reszka and "Seashore Rescue Station in Jastarnia 1870-1945" by Antoni Konkel. The museum has issued the first publication accessible only in an electronic version – "3D Scanner Arm Work Methodology", edited by Cezary Żrodowski and Marcin Kłos, which can be found on our website. The book has been completed as a part of the "Polish Maritime Museum – Digital Maritime Museum" project, organized last year and financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the Culture+, Digitalization Priority programme. Server database for keeping records and managing the museum collection as well as a studio lighting system for the photographic studio, and also the new PMM website have been purchased and completed due to the project resources.

PMM attendance in 2012 amounted to 265,303 visitors, which means a 6 per cent increase in comparison with the previous year. Such good result was most surely caused by the opening of the Maritime Culture Centre, considering the fact that the number of visitors in all remaining PMM departments decreased. After careful consideration, it can be stated that lower attendance, comparing to previous years, could be observed especially in June (during the European Football Championship EURO 2012) and in July (poor weather conditions were discouraging for planning one’s holidays at the seaside).


PMM 2012 Activity Overview

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