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There are countless reasons to fall in love with Warsaw


The Warsaw Fotoplastikon, built in the early 20th century is the only one in Poland – and one of the very few in the world – that is still in perfect working condition. It’s archives have over 3000 original photographs from Warsaw and around the globe.

Al. Jerozolimskie 51 (map)
tel. +48 22 629 60 78
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At the turn of the 19th and early 20th centuries, a Fotoplastikon was a popular device that allowed viewers to watch changing three-dimensional images. The Warsaw Fotoplastikon is unique, in that it is the only one in Poland – and one of the very few in the world – that is still in perfect working condition. Built in the early 20th century, it stands in its original spot (and with only a few breaks due to historical circumstances, it has always been here).
The Fotoplastikon’s archives have over 3000 original photographs from around the globe, starting with photos documenting the opening of the Suez Canal, through to expeditions to Spitzbergen, an unknown side of Japan, and of course, images of Warsaw at the turn of the century. In the years before the war, the Fotoplastikon was mostly used for educational purposes, providing current photographs of the most remote and hard-to-reach parts of the world. During the war, it was not controlled by the Nazis and so gave people in Warsaw a chance to breathe freedom, and provided a sense of resistance. After the war, in the 1940’s and 1950’s, it enjoyed great popularity through its presentation of photos from the West, showing cities that most people could only dream of visiting. Screenings were accompanied by jazz music from vinyl albums imported through private and top-secret channels, which made the Fotoplastikon the ideal place for 'beatniks', who were actively persecuted in the same way that jazz music was. It was elected one of Warsaw's 'most magical and fantastic places' by the city's residents, as a result of which, in 2008, it was placed under the auspices of the Warsaw Rising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego). It is considered by many to be an integral part of the Warsaw identity.

Opening hours:
Wed. - Sun. 10 am-6 pm

regular - 4 PLN, reduced - 2 PLN, Thursdays admission free

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