Museum of Life in the Polish People’s Republic ( original name: Muzeum Zycia w PRL) is definitely one of the most interesting places to visit in Warsaw.
It was opened in 2013 and the exhibition consists of 260 sqm of space filled with exhibits, stories, photos, memories of life under communism in Poland.
It is situated at the Constitution Square which is really the best example of communist architecture in Warsaw.
It shows the life of paradoxes, tyranny, secret service, suffering and death of many innocent people, deprived of freedom and dignity by the communists. It shows how powerful propaganda was and how people were influenced starting at school years.
It shows what obstacles they faced, empty shops, lines outside shops, and even special food rationing coupons. The people had so little and they were so strong, creative and resourceful. You can see there every day products, school books and uniforms, FIAT 126, Bambino phonograph and Frania washing machine, Polish fashion, you can enter a little apartment. Blokowisko which you can translate into blocks of flats made of concrete were built under communism so that all people would have the same living standards, or could be easier controlled when living under the same roof.
Yes, in those years everything had to be controlled and organized centrally, by the communist party!
When you are in Warsaw do not miss it and do not miss the screen hanging above the stairs showing Polish actress Joanna Szczepkowska announcing the end of…communism, end of terror!
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