Regional Museum in Opoczno was established in 1976. It is seated in a castle which was erected in the King Kazimierz Wielki's days in XIV century. The castle had been destroyed several times before it finally gained its present external appearance in 1870s. Some vaulted chambers and cellars bearing signs of medieval building have been preserved till these days. Regional Museum in Opoczno is a local government multi-department cultural institution, which accumulates any collections in the field of archeology, ethnography, history, art history and numismatics. The most numerous collections of the Regional Museum are located in ethnography department, in which objects connected with different areas of folk culture are accumulated. Among other things, Opoczno region is rich in folk dresses, vessels, farm objects, precious sculptors' collections of such artists as: A. Baran, M. Włodarski, W. Grzędowski or beautiful and diverse, decorative-ceremonial plastic arts (cutouts, Easter eggs, paper flowers, etc.)
In the historical department the most attractive exhibits are those which are connected with the past of Opoczno Region and its inhabitants. Among other things, there are most interesting ones like: the king's privileges issued to the guilds of Opoczno in XVII and XVIII centuries, dominion vouchers of Białaczów properties from XVIII century, a document issued by major Henryk "Hubal" Dobrzański and numerous military items like "Ludwikówka" sabre.
In the art department a special attention should be paid to the watercolour collection of M. Wąsowicz –Sopoćko showing different types of folk from all over Poland.
There is also a library with a collection of couple of thousands tomes in the museum. They can be read on the premises. Most of the publications concern regional matters.
: Forms of activities in Regional Museum in Opoczno:
- The beginnings of Opoczno
- Opoczno during the I-st World War
- The II World War in Opoczno Region
- Folk's sculpture of Opoczno Region
- Reconstructed interiors of a typical Opoczno cottage
- Regional dress of Opoczno
Regional Museum in Opoczno organizes annually a dozen or so various subject matter temporary exhibitions.
- fairs and shows of folk works
- museum lessons
- reconstruction of historical events
Exhibitions are opened to the public on:
Monday - Friday - 8.00 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Saturday - 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Muzeum Regionalne w Opocznie
Plac Zamkowy 1
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: N51 22 32
Longitude: E20 17 21
Latitude: N 51 22.537
Longitude: E 20 17.363
Translated by Sylwester Kalinowski