The Museum of Polish Vodka is being created in the historical rectification building at the former “Koneser” vodka factory in Praga-Północ. It is the first such object in the world devoted exclusively to Polish vodka, whose aim is to promote knowledge about the history, tradition and culture of drinking this liquor. The exact location of the museum is a plot between the streets Ząbkowska, Markowska, Białostocka i Nieporęcka.. . But soon the address will gain a new name – Koneser Square. The building is undergoing final construction work and the installation of the exhibition begins. The opening is planned for the spring of 2018.
The Museum of Polish Vodka will be a special place presenting several centuries of history and tradition of Polish vodka. The visitors will be able to see for themselves that Poland is the home of vodka, and that the inclusion of our national liquor on the list of protected geographical indications of the EU and the legal definition of “Polish Vodka” is an acknowledgment of its quality and rich history “, explains Andrzej Szumowski, President of the Polish Vodka Association which is the initiator and patron of the museum.
In addition to the historic Neo-Gothic building from the late 19th century, guests will be able to admire enormous rosette windows, original furnaces from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries used to produce vodka, floor tiles from old barrels to store alcohol from a production plant in Zielona Góra, as well as massive metal stairs. A great attraction will be the original equipment of the distillery. From the terrace on the third floor there is a beautiful view of Prague Center Koneser, Prague and Śródmieście.
The attention-grabbing elements include, for example, a custom-made copper panel that will house a cinema hall for 50 people. A short film will be presented at the beginning of an an hour-long tour of the museum. In the Bar of the Vodka Academy, visitors who purchase a tasting ticket will be able to taste three different sorts of Vodka based made from rye, wheat and potato. For an additional fee, visitors will also be able to participate in educational workshops devoted to the principles of serving this liquor and its combination with dishes, the so-called food-pairing. “We want to educate, show differences in the flavors of vodkas produced from several types of cereals and potatoes, and promote the tradition of cultural drinking tastes,” adds Andrzej Szumowski.
As the authors of the Museum of Polish Vodka emphasize, the aim was to find a balance between a traditional museum object and a modern place with interactive attractions. These exhibits will be found in all five galleries of the museum. Each one will be devoted to another theme – The origin of vodka, technological change or modern process of its production.
Additionally a unique restaurant and bistro will be accommodated in the museum building,
concept created by Ewa, Andrzej and Miroslaw Nizio. The restaurant and bistro, which is based on the family-business initiative of REST TEAM, will enrich the culinary landscape of Warsaw. The WuWu Bistro will be open 24 hours a day and has a distinctive character. The place WILL offer guests the best indigenous liquors and snacks. ZONI restaurant is to have a more intimate character and offer various sorts of wines and Polish vodkas, a kitchen full of passion and excellent tastes and unconventional architecture. The architectural concept of the two premises was created by Mirosław Nizio, the owner of Nizio Design International. His teams are responsible for the design of the exhibition of the Polish Vodka Museum and its implementation.
Source and photo: Nowa Warszawa