The Baltic Coast and Pomerania Travel Guide

The Baltic Coast and Pomerania Sights

European Solidarity Centre

  • Plac Solidarności 1 Map It
  • Gdansk
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

Opened in 2014, the center is much more than a museum. Yes, it does have a rather brilliantly done permanent exhibition telling the story of the Solidarity movement and the Polish roads to freedom—it is a great introduction to the country's contemporary history. But the center has another mission: to commemorate and keep the message of the Solidarity movement alive and current and to nurture its ideals of democracy, open society, and dialogue. The exhibition itself provokes the visitor to think and to participate. The center organizes conferences and educational programs, and has an impressive library. It also provides homes to several NGOs that are working toward the common good, freedom, and human rights. The building's interior is a beautiful space, an exciting piece of modern architectur that is strongly reminiscent of the industrial past. From spring through autumn, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the post-Shipyards area and Gdańsk Old Town from the observation deck on the roof. Sometimes, especially on important aniversaries, you may have a chance to meet the former Shipyard workers—participants in the democratic opposition movement—who will act as your guides through the exhibition and tell you their story (and Poland's recent history) in their own words.

Sight Information

Address:

Plac Solidarności 1, Gdansk, Pomerania, 80-863, Poland

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Phone:

58-772–40–00

Website: ecs.gda.pl

Sight Details:

  • zł 17

Published 07/06/2017

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