This is going to be the most “cheerful” and original museum in the country. The opening is planned for mid 2017 in Warsaw’s, Praga North district. During a walk through the ages, visitors to the museum will be able to learn about the changing recipes, manufacturing techniques, places where the liquor was popular in the past and is most popular now. Also, the cultural role of vodka will be shown, which appears in many literary works and films. Everyone will be able to explore the museum in his/her own way because it will be offered in a wide range of topics – herald the originators of this particular facility.
Museum will be located in Warsaw’s “Centrum Praskim Koneser”, on the grounds of an old Polish vodka factory “Koneser”. The logo was designed by artist Andrzej Pągowski. The concept of the exhibition, which assumes a combination of traditional methods of expositions and the latest multimedia solutions, was prepared by renowned architectural studio “Nizio Design International”.
Only professional museum curators were invited to help putting together Polish Vodka Museum’s exhibits, those who in the past few years participated in the creation of other permanent museum exhibits in the capital city and which are currently enjoying success and excellent reputation.
If you’re a vodka connoisseur and collector of Polish vodka memorabilia, you can also make a contribution to the new museum. Until the end of May, the Association of Polish Vodka is accepting exhibit pieces and recipes associated with vodka. In exchange, it is offering cash prizes.
Here is a list of exhibits sought:
1. Posters, advertisements, brochures related to the Polish vodka from the years 1900 – 1990.
2. Polish vodkas overseas advertising, with particular emphasis on brand Wyborowa, from the years 1900 – 1990.
3. Labels and bottles of Polish vodka pure, with particular emphasis on brand Wyborowa and luxurious, from the years 1900 – 1990.
4. Labels and bottles of Polish vodkas from the years 1900 – 1990.
5. Original book on the Polish vodka production technology dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.
6. The distillation columns – copper.
7. Photos and stories of Polish families in the distillery business.
8. Photos of parties and banquets, where it is visualized Polish vodka from the years 1900 to 1990.
To participate and donate pieces to the exhibit, please use an application form on “Facebook” – Museum of Polish Vodka, including a description of the item(s), its history and an image. All completed applications will be reviewed by the team working on museum exhibits and items will be chosen based on requirements specified in the application process. Additional option is to call in by telephone and send the photo by mail. Among the submitted applications the jury will select top three winners and award – a cash prize of 1000 zł to each, and remaining 10 participants will receive 200 zł each. The winners will be invited to the grand opening of the museum.
Polish vodka should be considered in terms of national treasure. Produced for more than 600 years in our land, inextricably inscribed in Polish history and customs. This top quality alcohol and one of the few Polish products recognizable and respected throughout the world. So we have reasons to be proud, and like other countries we should praise and promote our national drink. Therefore, we invite all Poles to contribute a “brick” to the Museum of Polish Vodka, the first and only such institution in the world – says Andrzej Szumowski , president of the Association of Polish Vodka, Patron of the museum.
He also points out that … the Museum of Polish Vodka is the place for every brand of vodka which meets the requirements of the amended definition of Polish vodka, which came into force on 13 January 2013. They are clear – for a vodka to be able to use the geographical indication “Polska Wodka / Polish Vodka” it must be produced with raw materials of Polish origin, traditional Polish grains: wheat, rye, oats, barley, triticale, or potatoes, and the entire processing must be carried out on Polish territory.
Museum, located in Warsaw’s Praga North, in the post-industrial red-brick buildings, where for many years Warsaw’s “Koneser” Vodka Distillery operated, will become a new, attractive point on the cultural map of the capital, and above all a place reminiscent to Poles and educational for foreign tourists where they will learn what is so unique about Polish vodka and what distinguishes it from other spirits of this kind.
Source: Reprinted with permission from Potrawy Regionalne http://www.potrawyregionalne.pl/152,8537,MUZEM_POLSKIEJ____WODKI_.htm