The exhibition will present the achievements of domestic motorisation against the backdrop of the difficult economic and social situation which our country faced throughout the 20th century.
The story will begin in the 1920s, – just after independence – in Poland almost devoid of cars and motorbikes. Visitors will learn about the various attempts to motorise Poles in the period after the Second World War. The authors of the exhibition will answer questions, such as why cars became popular in Poland only in the 1970s and with what and how they tried to replace them. The exhibition will end with events that are already happening today; it addresses issues related to globalisation, as well as the privatisation of the domestic automotive industry. The objects on display, including cars, motorbikes, and engines from the Museum’s collection, will be complemented by carefully selected photographs and films.
A technical route will be presented alongside the exhibition’s history route. The objects, such as moving and static models of vehicle components or infographics, will help to explain what sets vehicles in motion. A selection of solutions applied in vehicle design will also be presented.
The exhibition will not only allow us to trace the development of motorisation over more than a century but also to reflect on the future of individual transport, both in Poland and worldwide.
The objects on display at the Czyżyny Hangar include the first post-war Polish motorbike, Sokół 125, Polish cars licensed by Fiat, prototypes of vehicles that did not go into mass production, various models of Syrena (Syrena 101, 102, 103, 104) and Warszawa, as well as Polish trucks.
Some of the vehicles can already be viewed in photographs and 3D animations made available at the Museum’s website. On-line collections
Motorbike Podkowa 98
Prototype of a Polonez ambulance / van
Prototype of a Honker 4×4 pickup