New John Paul II Museum Opened
small, New John Paul II Museum Opened, The exhibition's view from the Museum of John Paul II in Wadowice, photo. Andrzej Wiktor, muzeum_ojca_swietego_jana_pawla_ii_wadowice_2.jpg
The refurbished “Holy Father John Paul II Family Home” museum in Wadowice has been opened in a ceremony attended by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the Archbishop of Krakow Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz. The museum was also visited by Polish President Bronisław Komorowski.
Prior to the reopening on 9 April 2014, the museum in Wadowice (southern Poland) opened in 2010 as a joint undertaking of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Małopolska Voivodeship, Wadowice Township, and the Archdiocese of Cracow.
September 2010 saw the launch of a project to renovate the tenement house at 7 Kościelna Street where the Wojtyła family lived before WWII and where the papal museum was situated from 1984. At the same time, work started on a new multimedia exhibition that would take the visitor on a trip through the different stages of the Pope's life, inviting reflection and showing the climate and life of pre-war Wadowice.
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Holy Father John Paul II Family Home
The motto of the exhibition is the first sentence of the pope’s biography – “I was born in Wadowice.” It consists of hundreds of exhibits connected to Karol Wojtyła and almost 150 multimedia installations. The essence of the exhibition is its placement in the Wojtyła family's apartment. The original rooms were restored to how they appeared when Karol Wojtyła lived there before becoming pope.
The opening featured the premiere of “Mój dom w Wadowicach” (“My home in Wadowice”) – a documentary film showing events involving Karol Wojtyła in his hometown of Wadowice. Visitors also heard the symphonic oratorio “Szukałem was” (“ I Kept Looking for You”) and a concert of poetry.
Source: PAP.pl, domjp2.pl, ed. & translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 11.04.2014