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Mieczysław Asłanowicz Regional Museum in Siedlce

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The fountain at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

The fountain at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

If you feel a bit tired after a stroll downtown, why not visit the local lore museum at 1 Piłsudski Street? Especially if it's Sunday? On Sundays, the admission is free.
The museum bears the name of Mieczysław Asłanowicz (1880-1924), a well-known local public fugure, a Polish educator and social activist, the headteacher of the Siedlce Gymnasium.

Visiting the Siedlce Regional Museum

Visiting the Siedlce Regional Museum

Mieczysław Asłanowicz Regional Museum in Siedlce has several permanent exhibitions:

  • Gallery of Polish art from the museum's own collection;
  • Siedlce history 1441-1939;
  • Hidden in the ground. From the earliest history of the borderland of Podlasie and Mazovia;
  • Siedlce District village – furnishings of a middle-class house, near Siedlce in the first half of the twentieth century;
  • Numismatics from the collection of the Regional Museum in Siedlce.

Visiting the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Visiting the Regional Museum in Siedlce

We saw numerous exhibits from the period in the history of humanity called the stone era, or the Stone Age, among them various types of stone axes and tools. The method of their manufacture still not fully understood. It is believed that a round drewery was used for this purpose, a hole was drilled, setting it in rotational motion and sprinkling with sand working.

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From the coin collection of the Regional Museum in Siedlce/The Big Fire of 1874 information board at the Regional Museum
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Visiting the historic exhibitions at the Regional Museum in Siedlce
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Visiting the Regional Museum in Siedlce / The souvenir figure of Yatsek the Atlant at the regional Museum in Siedlce
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The exhibition of modern Polish painters at the regional museum in Siedlce

The exhibition of modern Polish painters at the regional museum in Siedlce

We also visited what they call temporary exhibitions:

  • In search of beauty. Sculpture and medallic art by Marek Fiuk;
  • With his head in the clouds. 250 years of the town hall nicknamed "Under Jacek";
  • Football and its history in Siedlce.

A view of the animation movie about Siedlce of the beginning of the 19th century

A view of the animation movie about Siedlce of the beginning of the 19th century

It was fun to watch the animated panorama of the city made by Wojciech Florczykiewicz. He depicted the city as it might have look in the first half of the 19th century. By the way, we met the animation creator in the museum and talked to him.

Sale contract for buying a store in Siedlce between Aleksandra Ogińska née Czartoryska and Lewkowicz in 1787

Sale contract for buying a store in Siedlce between Aleksandra Ogińska née Czartoryska and Lewkowicz in 1787

We saw an inpressive document dating back to the 18th century: the sale contract for buying a store in Siedlce between Aleksandra Ogińska née Czartoryska and Lewkowicz in 1787 (from the collection of parchment and paper documents of State Archives in Siedlce).

Visiting  the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Visiting the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Visiting the gallery of the Polish art from the museum's own collection, we discovered a lot of Polish painters and saw their works:

"The wunded ego" by Antonina Wysocka-Zjonczak

"The wunded ego" by Antonina Wysocka-Zjonczak

Antoni Łyżwański (1904-1972) studied painting and graphics in Warsaw and architecture at the University of Technology in Lviv and in Warsaw. He exhibited in his country and in London, Moscow, Berlin, Beijing, Prague, and Vienna.

Kazimierz Pacewicz (1895-1974) was an artillery soldier during World War I. In 1921-25 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow under the direction of Ignacy Pieńkowski and Józef Pankiewicz. He exhibited in Paris and Amsterdam, then settled in London, where his works were also shown. He lectured at the School of Fine Arts in Reading. He painted portraits, landscapes, historical paintings and made book illustrations. The museum collection in Siedlce includes 72 oil paintings of the artist donated by the National Museum in Warsaw.

Wacław Ruszkowski (1869-1934) was a student of the Warsaw Drawing School and a student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in the Laboratory of Leon Wyczółkowski. He was associated with Vilnius and from 1918 with Kalisz, where he worked as a drawing teacher. He created the landscapes known to this day in Brańczyk, where he had his studio. He also painted portraits, idyllic genre scenes and the interior of the churches.

Jan Sokołowski (1904-1953) was a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He also studied in Italy and France. From 1946, he was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He created landscapes in Zakopane and Tatra Mountains. He is also the author of numerous portraits. He created the mosaic clock and the ceiling at the National Theater in Warsaw.

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Stanisław Szygell (1881-1941) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow until 1909. He had an individual exhibition in Warsaw in 1917, and together with Stanisław Podgórski, Ludwik Machalski and Marian Puffke in 1924.

Antonina Wysocka-Zjonczak (1942-2011) was a graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.She was a laureate of many competitions. She took part in exhibitions in Poland and abroad. She created the last years of her life in Kotuń not far from Siedlce. The leading topic of her work was a man and his emotions, feelings and faith. At every stage, the artist asked herself questions, which she answered during a difficult creative process.

Stanisław Zukowski (1873-1944) was a graduate of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Construction. From 1923, Zukowski lived in Poland. He ran a private painting school in Warsaw. He died in a concentration camp in Pruszków, where he was taken after the fall of the Warsaw Uprising.

Works of Marek Fiuk at the regional museum in Siedlce

Works of Marek Fiuk at the regional museum in Siedlce


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It was great to see the exhibition of works of Marek Fiuk. This sculpture exhibition is called “In Search of Beauty”. More than twenty sculptures and medals of the artist made in the last six year are presented at the exhibition. Most of them were cast in bronze. We found out that Marek Fiuk put a man at the center of his work.
Marek Fiuk was born in 1961 in Warsaw. He is engaged in sculpture, medalizing and photography. According to the artist, his knowledge of anatomy, whih he studied iat a college for three years, is the basis of hi figurative sculpture. Having a work concept, he does not use the initial drawing, which ensures greater freedom in the creation of the form.
By creating jewelry, the artist learned to combine several materials in one composition. He also uses this form in sculptural and medalier projects. The sculptures of Marek Fiuk were awarded with numerous prizes.

Visiting the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Visiting the Regional Museum in Siedlce


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Joanna Karpinska (1902-1999), Anniversary, 1977 / Jan Bohuszewicz, Leonardo Canal in Venice, 1925
Antonina Wysozka-Jonczak, a nameless sculpture, 2011,  the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Antonina Wysozka-Jonczak, a nameless sculpture, 2011, the Regional Museum in Siedlce


Another hall contained the works of other Polish artists:

Jan Golus (1895-1964), a graduate of the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw, was born in Kałuszyn. He is the author of the scenery implemented for theaters in Warsaw. He dealt with easel painting. He created landscapes in France, Podhale, Mazovia, Pomerania, Lower Silesia and Eastern Borderlands.

Konstanty Laszczka (1865-1956) lived and created in Warsaw. From 1899, he moved to Krakow and lectured at the Sculpture Department of the local Academy of Fine Arts until 1936. He carved, was interested in ceramics, tried his hand in painting and graphics. The Siedlce museum has 12 works of this artist in its collections.

Malgorzata Lada Maciągowa (1881-1969) tried to follow the art of Polish modernism and European secession. She worked and created in Krakow.

Visiting the soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Visiting the soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

The second floor of the museum contains an exhibition devoted to soccer and its history. As you enter the floor, you are met by a full-scale photograph of Robert Lewandowski that attracts all the visitors for a photo session with the soccer super star. You cal also see a LEGO figure of this great soccer player.

Robert Lewandowski's figure built on a 1 to 1 scale of 70,000 LEGO pieces, Regional Museum in Siedlce

Robert Lewandowski's figure built on a 1 to 1 scale of 70,000 LEGO pieces, Regional Museum in Siedlce


Visiting the sports exibition of the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Visiting the sports exibition of the Regional Museum in Siedlce


Robert Lewandowski donated his figure built on a 1: 1 scale of 70,000 LEGO for the auction of the Great Christmas Charity Orchestra. The figure in a 1:1 scale was created in 2016 and presented for the first time at the People’s Arena Stadium in Warsaw. Since then, enjoying gigantic popularity, it was presented at nearly 20 editions of the largest exhibition of LEGO blocks in Poland. The figure was admired in Poland and abroad. During the 27th Great Christmas Charity Orchestra it was purchased by Kręgielnia Factory from Siedlce.

Visiting the soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Visiting the soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce


Visiting the sports exibition of the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Visiting the sports exibition of the Regional Museum in Siedlce


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We read a ot of information about the history of football in general and about its development in Siedlce.
According to the museum information boards, football/soccer is the world’s most popular team game whose roots date back to antiquity. Apparently, the Chinese invented it 2,500 years ago.

The soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

The soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

The soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

The soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Their variety of football was called "Cuju" and served to develop soldiers’ cooperation skills and triggered their fighting spirit. The Chinese football was played in two forms:

  • mild, where players of two teams tried to hit the ball into the hole in the hole in the fabric
  • brutal, when the team that eliminated more opponents won.

In ancient Greece, the game was called "Episcios". It consisted in the competition of two teams, during which the legs and hands were used by transferring the ball to the rivals' field.

In ancient Rome, you can find a team game like a football called "Harpastum". It was quite brutal, because it combined the administration of a round object reminiscent of the ball with elements of combat. It was mainly played by legionaries.

Playing football was popular in South America, but it resembled basketball or handball. The competition was very fierce, because the players of the lost team were sacrificed to the gods.

Eskimos played football in Greenland. The games took place on ice.

Aborigines played a similar game in Australia, and their teams were up to 50 players.

The soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce_Japanese football

The soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce_Japanese football

It was interesting to learn about the so-called folk football. It played a great role in the formation of this game in medieval Europe. People's football called a clumsy football was born in the British Isles.

The soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

The soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce


The game consisted of moving the ball to the designated place, usually to the gate of the neighboring city, sometimes even several kilometers away. The cut off the heads of convicts were often used as balls. However, pig blisters were mostly used. Several hundred and more players took part in the competition. The lack of specific rules of the game led to demolishing entire villages and cities. It happened that the players left the match with serious body injuries, including limb fractures or broken eyes. Attempts were made to prohibit this sport, but to no avail. In 1314, the mayor of London issued a regulation prohibiting football games in the city.

The soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

The soccer exhibition at the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Over time, the game moved from city streets to the surrounding pastures. Thanks to this, the grass became the surface of modern football fields. The tradition of folk football has survived to our time in the form of the Royal Shrovetide Football competition. This is an annual match played from the 12th century in Ashbourne on Ash Wednesday and on Tuesday preceding it.

Pogon Soccer Team, Siedlce

Pogon Soccer Team, Siedlce


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The bust of Tadeusz Koszciuszko at the Regional Museum / Coat-of-arms of Siedlce at the Regional Museum
Visiting  the Regional Museum in Siedlce

Visiting the Regional Museum in Siedlce


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We noticed a memorial plaque attached to the rear side of the museum building. It reminds us of the postwar restoration of the former City Hall building. The inscription on a brown granite reads,

The Old Town Hall
from the 18th century
rebuilt in 1945-1952
with prominent S.F.O.S. assistance.

In spite of the grim post-war situation of Siedlce’s residents and the scale of damage of the numerous town facilities, the town authorities included the former town hall building into the list of buildings requiring urgent restoration. The SFOS - the Social Fund for the Reconstruction of the Capital - helped rebuild Siedlce as well (see the fund’s promotion poster from those times - on the right).

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You can see Pescantina Fountain at the western wall of the Regional Museum. Pescantina is the twin-city of Siedlce.

Pescantina Fountain, Siedlce

Pescantina Fountain, Siedlce

We can see the coat-of-arms of Pescantina Municipality on the back side of the fountain. In addition, there is Pescantina Street in Siedlce.

The clock post with the names of the twin-cities of Siedlce

The clock post with the names of the twin-cities of Siedlce


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Posted by Vic_IV 16:45 Archived in Poland Tagged masovia mazovia siedlce oginski

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Peter would probably like this. He likes anything to do with football.

by irenevt

No wonder the football exhibition attracts so many people of all ages.

by Vic_IV

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