Today is Swiss National Day. In 1940, in the small town of Kleindietwil, this day was also celebrated by the interned Polish soldiers staying there. The chronicle of Max Bachmann, who lived in Kleindietwil, preserved in our collections, describes the events of August 1, 1940 as follows: “With a great deal of goodwill, the internees […]

The Pilecki Institute in Switzerland, in collaboration with the Polish Museum in Rapperswil, invites you to a temporary exhibition “Copernicus. The Man who Moved the Earth”. This is a unique opportunity to get to know the figure of the outstanding Polish astronomer – Nicolaus Copernicus, and the rich collections of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil, […]

I believe that one can experience a sense of belonging that is inclusive and open to diversity. In my thesis, I present two works in two different locations, which have become my main points of reference during my studies in Switzerland. These are: the Polish Museum in Rapperswil and the University in Lucerne (HSLU). In […]

We cordially invite you to visit Zentrum Paul Klee and see the exhibition by Monika Sosnowska. The Polish sculptor Monika Sosnowska is one of the most renowned artists of our time. Her often large-scale sculptures and architectural installations made of steel, concrete, or other building materials engage with the legacy of modernism and its promises […]

Everywhere in the world where there is a case related to Polish culture, there is my heart and my activity. dr Julian Godlewski  (1903 Lviv – 1983 Warsaw) 2023 marks the 120th anniversary of Julian Godlewski’s birth and the 40th anniversary of his death. On this occasion, we are preparing an online exhibition reminding the […]

The Pilecki Institute and the Polish Museum Rapperswil invite you to the exhibition MAGNA RES LIBERTAS – FREEDOM IS A GREAT THING organized on the occasion of the 104th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. Before the Hotel Schwanen in Rapperswil is reopened and the collections of the Polish Museum are presented in a new […]

Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 2 p.m. Hotel Schwanen On July 1, 2022, a Letter of Intent was signed between the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Libertas Foundation – a preliminary declaration of acceptance of the location of the Museum at the Schwanen Hotel. The signed Letter of Intent paves the way […]

“The Polish Museum will remain in Rapperswil. Swiss branch of the Institute of Solidarity and Valor of Witold Pilecki will also be established. The joint headquarters will be located in the Schwanen complex in Rapperswil, which has just been purchased by the Polish state.” informed the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Prof. Piotr Gliński. […]

The collection of paintings in our Museum was enriched with another painting by Hanna Gordziałkowska-Weynerowska (Kali) donated by Kali’s niece, Lola Hoover from Maryland (USA). We would like to thank Mr. Markus Blechner, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Switzerland, for his help in delivering the painting to Switzerland. What was the artistic […]

Famous musicians in a great atmosphere will charm all music lovers with their unique repertoire. This evening concert of 19th and 20th century music performed on original instruments is simply not to be missed. Three outstanding musicians captivate the audience with their masterful and expressive playing on stringed instruments. Krzysztof Pelech is a living legend […]

For the last time !!! Open Door Day on May 1st from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jazz concert – Lech Wieleba im Museum at 5.00 p.m. Day of the Friends of the Polish Museum at the castle in Rapperswil The 150-year rich history of the presence of Poles at the castle in Rapperswil is […]

For more than 150 years, the following inscription has been engraved on the pedestal of the Freedom column standing  in front of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil: MAGNA RES LIBERTAS – Freedom is a great thing. Hence the Poles cried for justice in the world, today we are calling for justice for Ukraine. We support […]

On Tuesday, 1 February 2022, the President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Karol Nawrocki, Ph.D. met with Anna Buchmann, the Director of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss further cooperation and new challenges facing the two institutions. Karol Nawrocki also had the opportunity to see the exhibition […]

During the Second World War, the Tösstal offered protection to many internees. The exhibition shows their traces, fates and mementos that they left behind in Switzerland. The vernissage was attended by four descendants of the interned soldiers of 2DSP, Stefan Paradowski, Romuald Polachowski, Janusz Pręgowski and Stefan Wąsik. The Polish Museum in Rapperswil was represented […]

The Seym of the Republic of Poland – recognizing the greatness of his achievements persistently supporting the ideas of: independence of Poland, freedom and friendly coexistence of the nations of Central and Eastern Europe and unwavering resistance against communism, and the universal values ​​of his literary prose – establishes 2022 as the Year of Józef […]

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On the occasion of the Polish National Independence Day, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Switzerland and Liechtenstein Iwona Kozłowska invites you to Rapperswil! We will show a multimedia musical performance “Constitution 1791” dedicated to the first in Europe and the second in the world Constitution. The concert will be performed by composer […]

Musical evening – songs, piano and chamber music, fragments of memories from Czesław Marek’s Autobiographical Sketches. Concert commemorating the 130th anniversary of the birth of Czesław Marek, composer, pianist and teacher took place on October 30th at the Polish Museum in Rapperswil, Knight’s Hall at 5.00 p.m. Concert under the Honorary Patronage of the Embassy […]

Together with Polish Executives Switzerland and Polish Professionals in Switzerland, we invite you to a meeting with Mateusz Kusznierewicz – sailor, Olympic champion, captain of the Polish representation at the Sailing World Cup 2022, but also an entrepreneur and social activist. For many years, he has been working in the industry of new technologies, conducts […]

We invite you to the Annual General Meeting on Monday, September 20th, 2021 at 7 p.m. in the Poland Museum in Rapperswil Castle. The Polish Museum in Rapperswil Association of Friends of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil

On Saturday, September 25th, the Museum is exceptionally closed. Due to the celebration in the castle restaurant on Saturday, September 25, the Polish Museum in Rapperswil will be closed. We are very sorry and invite you to visit on other days.

The POLONIKA Institute and the Polish Museum in Rapperswil invite you to the exhibition “Tytus Brzozowski. 12 cities”. The vernissage will take place on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at 5 p.m. in the Great Knight’s Hall in Rappeswil Castle. It took Tytus Brzozowski half a year to paint a series of watercolors that the artist […]

In 2019, Marta Kołodziej presented her paintings at our Museum. Currently, inspired by the legends of the Bernese Oberland, she has prepared an exhibition about Gaismaitli, a demonic woman with a goat’s foot, who was the fateful destiny of men. Exhibition from July 1st to September 30th Marta Kołodziej, the painter, was born in […]

Dear Visitors! Please be advised that due to the Swiss National Day🇨🇭  on Sunday (August 1st), the Polish Museum will be closed. We invite you on other days!

Eight of his own compositions and the standard of Michel Legrand can be found on the newest, solo album of the bass player Lech Wielba. The publishing house is supplemented with a DVD with a bonus recording, presented in the form of a film impression recorded in the Słowiński National Park. Lech Wieleba takes the […]

The Polish Museum took the patronage of organized scientific conference of young Polish scientists gathered in the Polonium Foundation. SPP Zürich 2021: Where Science and Industry Meet (coming on 7-8 May 2021) More info & registration: Science: Polish Perspectives (SPP) events connect Polish scientific diaspora all over the world. By bringing SPP events to […]

Dear Visitors, The Polish Museum in Rapperswil is open from March 1st, daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours Polish, English and German speaking guides are offered after a previous agreement. Cost per tour: 100 CHF   Free entry: Rapperswil citizens Children under 7 Museumspass, Reiffeisenkassekarte Prices The entry to the Museum and to the […]

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil received through the Foundation for National Heritage of Józef Piłsudski, a subsidy from the Chancellery of the Prime Minister as part of Helping Polish Diaspora and Poles abroad program for the task “Financial support for the statutory activity of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil”. We are very grateful for the […]

The sound performance “I’m not alone” is inspired by the history and heritage of the ancient Balkan Via Egnatia route, over 2,000 years old. As part of this concert, which took place on November 22nd, 2020 between 14.00-17.00 at the Polish Museum in Rapperswil, seven musicians presented their improvisations. They consist of works woven from […]

On October 25, the main celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil took place at the Castle in Rapperswil, which was inaugurated on October 23, 1870. The celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Polish Museum were attended by: Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Swiss Confederation – Iwona […]

Polish Post introduced a commemorative postage stamp of the issue “150 years of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil”. The stamp shows the Bar Column – a monument in the shape of a column with an eagle on the top, which was created on the initiative of Władysław Plater, the founder of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil. […]

In January 1944, the curator of the Museum of Contemporary Poland, Halina Jastrzębowska-Kenarowa, launched an initiative to establish a school and education camp for Polish girls who had escaped from Germany and had managed to get to Switzerland. The camp was opened on August 7, 1944 in the Villa Goldenberg, rented by the Museum, near […]

Opening: Friday, Sept 4, 2020 at 5 – 9 pm With works by Eduard Akuvaev, Eduard Astashev, Adil Astemirov, Alexey Avgustovish, Yuriy Avgustovish, Srazhdin Batyrov, Fedor Chernousenko, Thirza Cuthand, Zuzanna Czebatul, Magomed Dibirov, Mueddin-Arabi Dzhemal, Omar Efimov, Alirza Emirbekov, Dmitriy Fedorov, Grigoriy Gagarin, Elena Gapurova, Dorota Gawęda & Eglė Kulbokaitė, Vasiliy Gorchkov, Viktor Gorkov, Fedor […]

On August 28, 2020, Mrs. Iwona Kozłowska – the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Swiss Confederation, visited the Polish Museum in Rapperswil. The Ambassador expressed great interest in the history of the Polish Museum and the collections in its possession. While visiting the permanent exhibition, presented as part of our […]

August 23 – November 1, 2020 Opening: August 23 (Sunday) at 11.00 “Poczet” is the first Swiss solo exhibition of the multidisciplinary artist Karol Radziszewski living in Warsaw. It is presented as part of the 2019/2020 curatorial scholarship (Gebert Foundation for Culture) of Fanny Hauser and Viktor Neumann scholarships. In the exhibition, they allude to […]

We regretted the message sent by Anna Mesnet of Montresor. On August 15th Mrs. Maria Helena Gabriela Countess Rey nee Potocka, Pilawa coat of arms, with whom we had many years of friendship, went for eternal rest. She represented the Montresor Castle “since forever” at the annual sessions of the Permanent Conference of Museums, Libraries […]

On May 18, we recall the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II – a pope from Poland. We decided to celebrate this anniversary with an on-line exhibition discussing the 14th encyclical of John Paul II. In view of the ongoing pandemic, we have chosen the online version of the exhibition. Exhibition […]

Saturday, 16th November at 18.00 Knights’ Hall, Polish Museum in Rapperswil Free entrance Fryderyk Chopin’s nocturnes Berne University students in the piano class of prof. Tomasz Herbut and Pavel Yeletski (assistant) Program: Nocturne e-Moll op.posth. (1827, 1828/30; Andante) Nocturne cis-Moll op.posth. (1830; Lento con gran espressione) Joanna Zdebska Trois Nocturnes op.9 (vor 1832) b-Moll (Larghetto) […]

Veranstaltungen 9. November – 1. December 2019 Saturday, 9th November, at 16.00 VERNISSAGE Vernissage of Polish artists: Monika Jurkiewicz Małgorzata Kulczyk Ewa Metelska Magdalena Zając More info >>>

Museum will be closed on Saturday, September 28th. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Surrealist Art Exhibition: August 29th – October 6th 2019 Meeting with the artist: 26th September, Thursday at 6 pm.   Rafal Olbinski immigrated to the United States in 1981, where he soon established himself as a prominent painter, illustrator and designer. For his artistic achievements, he has received more than 150 awards including Gold […]

Exhibition opening: September 26, 2019 at 5 pm We invite you to the Polish Museum in Rapperswil to the opening of the photographic exhibition “The future of Rapperswil” in the photographic lens of Wojciech Walkiewicz prepared by the “Glass House” Education and Culture Center in Ciekoty. The program of the meeting also includes a presentation […]

Lublin, 14 – 18 September 2019 XLI Permanent Conference of Polish Museums, Archives and Libraries in the West Program of the conference >>> (website in Polish) The Permanent Conference of Polish Museums, Archives and Libraries in the West (MABPZ) was founded in 1979 at the Polish Museum in Rapperswil. It is an organization of Polish […]

We invite you to watch our profile on You Tube, where video footage from events at the Polish Museum is posted. The profile is led by Rafał Solis, who films and make video relations.  

June 29th – August 26th, 2019 Vernissage: 29th of June, 2019, at 4 pm Curator of exhibition: Anna Tomczak Hanna Gordziałkowska-Weynerowska, pseud. Kali (1918-1998) – one of the most significant Polish contemporary painters operating with great success outside the country. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the studio of […]

June 5th  at 6 pm Host: Ilma Rakusa, writer, Zürich Free entrance Tadeusz Dąbrowski – born on in 1979. Poet, essayist, critic, editor of the literary bimonthly magazine Topos. Artistic director of the European Poet of Freedom festival. On Radio Gdańsk he co-hosts a poetic program. First, poems. He published, among others in: Tygodnik Powszechny, […]

Exhibition: 7th May – 8th June Daily from 1 to 5 pm Vernissage of the exhibition: (free entrance) Saturday, 18 May 2019, 6 pm Painter, globetrotter, storyteller – Martha Kolodziej lives her dream. Growing up in Poland and working in France for many years, the artist finds a new source of inspiration in the Bernese […]

Early works from the Second World War of Tadeusz Wojnarski (1922-1999) POLISH MUSEUM IN RAPPERSWIL CASTLE After being released after nearly two years of agonizing Soviet captivity, he joined the 2nd Polish Corps under General Władysław Anders. During the military training in the Middle East and the front operations in Italy he created an impressive […]

On August 16th 1868, on the 100th anniversary of forming the Bar Confederation by Polish magnates in Rapperswil by Lake Zurich, an impressive monument in the form of a column was unveiled, called the Bar Column, the Polish Column of Liberty or, in short, the Polish Column. It was founded by count Władysław Plater, Polish […]

The Eisscollection constitutes documents discovered several years after the war, belonging to Rabbi Chaim Eiss (1876-1943). This Zurich merchant from Ustrzyk, one of the leaders of the Orthodox Agudat Yisrael movement, was a member of the Bern Group, which under the direction of the Polish envoy (ambassador) Aleksander Ładoś, forged Latin American passports to save […]