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Archdiocesan Museum

Archdiocesan Museum of religious art, one of the oldest such institutions in the country, one of the first museums in Poznan.

The Museum was founded in the last decade of the 19th century (1894-1898 years) Archbishop of Poznań and Gniezno Florian Stablewski. The Archbishop began to collect religious literature and painting and to place the collection in historical buildings that have lost their value and slowly fell into decay. He hired a special consultant, a historian of art Boleslaw Arsaki, which has been collecting collections. One of the first acquisitions of steel paintings and icons from Rome.

Initially the Museum was located at the Carmelite monastery, where the old walls were a nice exhibition hall. Gradually, the monastery ceased to satisfy the requirements of the Museum and in 1925, the Museum came under the management of the Archive of the Archbishopric. In 1936, on the initiative of Professor Detlof opened the first public exhibition.

During the Second world war, many valuable exhibits were lost or stolen. Some of them were in the National Museum.

In 2007, with the help of European funds, the building was completely renovated and adapted for exhibition purposes after the relocation of the Archive of the Archdiocese in the new building. Currently in the Museum you can see over 780 works of art. The most valuable exhibit of the Museum is the Sword of St. Peter, which, according to the gospel, the Apostle Peter cut off the ear of the servant Malchus.

Overall, the collection can be divided into several halls: the division of the Gothic paintings and sculptures from the 14th to 16th centuries, a collection of modern religious art, a collection of portraits of Church dignitaries and important figures. Here you can see the silverware: bowls, lamps, a collection of porcelain and glass. Closes the exhibition the collection of liturgical vestments: chasubles, covers, miter.