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NATURAL EXHIBITION “On Lake Wigry”

  

is located in the building of the park’s headquarters in Krzywe. In the year 2005 the exhibition was thoroughly renovated and modernised.

Many tourists, and most of school and organised groups coming to Wigry National Park visit the natural and cultural exhibition.

Entering the building you can see a diorama presenting beavers and beaver lodge’s section with a panoramic photo of a forest lake in the background. Next to it you can find a multimedia stand presenting films about beavers, basic information about the park, photo galleries and quizzes.
Works of winners of graphic and photographic contests are often exhibited in the hallway.

The exhibition consists of several parts: forest habitats, water habitats, human presence (cultural values) and education. In the room you can find trunks of tree species growing in the Augustowska Primeval Forest and specimens of birds and mammals inhabiting it. In the middle part of the room there is also an aquarium with native species of fish and a showcase with specimens of fish. A diorama shows amphibians and reptiles living in the park.
An “axis of time” presents the most important events which have taken place in the area of lake Wigry from the withdrawal of glacier to the present day.

The exhibition contains also educational games, one prepared for 2-5 year old children, other for older children and teenagers. There is also a multimedia stand where you can find information about natural and cultural values, exhibitions, tourist offer of the park, watch films or check your knowledge. Every part of the exhibition is accompanied by charts with illustrations and descriptions.

The exhibition is accommodated for handicapped persons and blind persons as the charts contain texts in Braille alphabet. Blind persons can also touch specimens of some animals as well as models of land form and medieval stronghold.

In the exhibition room many educational classes take place. A park’s worker shows visitors around, presents and describes the exhibits. Scope and forms of education are usually negotiated with teachers or organisers. According to participants’ interests programme of visit can include multimedia presentations and nature film screening in the adjoining conference room.

The exhibition is open on weekdays, 8.00-15.00, or at dates settled with Tourist Information Centre of Wigry National Park: tel. (+87) 5632577, 510992672  fax. (+87) 5632541, e-mail: turystyka@wigry.org.pl

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ETHNOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION “Save from sinking into oblivion”

  

This permanent ethnographic exhibition in Krzywe near the park’s headquarters presents about 800 exhibits – examples of a passing material culture of the lake Wigry area. Almost all of the exhibits are gifts from kind inhabitants of the park who responded for an appeal of a contest “Save from sinking into oblivion” and handed over many objects, often being family keepsakes or valuable antiques.

The exhibition is located near forester’s lodge in Krzywe, in an adapted farm building from 1920s. The exhibition has been open from June 1, 2001. Seeing our collection can be the first steps to learning about history of old professions, practised by inhabitants of this region.

In the first room, called wozownia (coach house), you can see an old coach, elements of a horse harness, chains for hobbling horses and sleigh. There is also a quern in wooden frame.

In the next two rooms furnishings of a peasant’s cabin are collected. There is a kitchen and festive room. Here you can see various domestic appliances: earthenware │acha˝ki used for baking cakes, different dishes: jugs, double pots, painted plates, churns called bojki, big wooden vessels made from tree trunks, cast-iron pots, pans, wooden pails, small pails, buckets, straw baskets, hand mangles and wringers. A collection of tapestries adorns the kitchen.

In the festive room furnishing includes wardrobes, beds, szlabanki (bench-chests used for sleeping), cradles, children’s bed and very valuable loom-weaved coverlets (one from 1905) with original patterns, tablecloths, doilies, embroidered and painted tapestries. There are also “holy” pictures and a wooden cross, as well as other paintings and portraits of people living in the area. An important part of furnishing were chests and trunks, present in every cabin. Other accessories include box charcoal irons and old sewing machines. Very interesting are children’s toys: wooden rocking horse, rattling birds and other.

The next exposition room is a working part, where you can see equipment used for flax processing, carpenter’s workshop and tools: saw, planers and chisels. There is also a saddler's bench and apiarian workshop as well as many farmer’s tools: forks, hoes, flails, rakes, scythes and sickles.
In the backyard you can see farming machines: winnowers, binders, chaff-cutters, mills, threshing machines, treadmills, plows and harrows.

The exhibition is open on weekdays 7.00-15.00; , or at dates settled with Tourist Information Centre of Wigry National Park: tel. (+87) 5632577, 510992672  fax. (+87) 5632541, e-mail: turystyka@wigry.org.pl

Fee: entrance ticket to the park 4 zl/2 zl (discount)

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EXHIBITION “History and traditions of fishing on lake Wigry”

  

is located in Czerwony Folwark in magazines of a fishing base. The exhibition was organised thanks to funds from The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and the goodwill and engagement of many institutions and private persons, among them: Regional Museum in Suwalki, Museum of Augustow Canal, Association of Monuments Protection from Sejny, Piotr Malczewski, Tadeusz Smagacz, Jan Korsakowski and many others. The exhibition is deigned for everyone interested in natural, historic and cultural values of lake Wigry and its surroundings, especially those interested in angling and fishing. Apart from numerous posters there are also many interesting exhibits, such as: dugout, fishing boats, ice crusher, model of a spawn incubator and other equipment used for fishing and catching crayfish. On the exhibition you can also see specimen of some fish and documentary films about fishing.

The exhibition is open daily in the summer season 8.00-20.00
Further information: Tourist Information Centre of Wigry National Park: tel. (+87) 5632577, 510992672  fax. (+87) 5632541, e-mail: turystyka@wigry.org.pl
Or directly on the exhibition in Czerwony Folwark tel. (+87) 5164225.

There is a possibility of getting to the exhibition by water, watercrafts can be left by a pier of fishing base on lake Postaw.

Fee: entrance ticket to the park 4 zl/2 zl (discount)


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EXHIBITION “Wigry’s Militaries”

  

Archeological exposition and accompanying photographic exhibition “Kopacze” (Diggers) by Tadeusz Smagacz located in the park’s fishing base in Czerwony Folwark, next to the exhibition “History and traditions of fishing on lake Wigry”.

The exhibition was prepared by the Penetrator Archeological Club in Suwalki. It presents some examples of the club’s finds and private collections of its members, showing the tokens of the region’s turbulent history. Here you can see elements of military equipment of Polish and occupation armies found in our region: buckles, bayonets, shells, guns and soldiers’ personal belongings. They were dug in entrenchments left after military activities, dugouts, bunkers and near soldiers’ burial places. The exhibition presents also older objects, for example a battle axe from the times of Yotvingians found in the village of Krzywe and a collection of Polish, Prussian, Russian and German coins.

The exhibition is open daily in the summer season 8.00-20.00
Further information: Tourist Information Centre of Wigry National Park: tel. (+87) 5632577, 510992672  fax. (+87) 5632541, e-mail: turystyka@wigry.org.pl
Or directly on the exhibition in Czerwony Folwark tel. (+87) 5164225.

There is a possibility of getting to the exhibition by water, watercrafts can be left by a pier of fishing base on lake Postaw.

Fee: entrance ticket to the park 4 zl/2 zl (discount)

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Sculpture exhibition

  

Sculpture exhibition is located outside the park’s headquarters in Krzywe. It was created thanks to artists taking part in international open air granite sculpture workshops Integrart during the years 1999-2002. Some of the works were handed over to the park. In the workshops participated many artists from different countries: Poland, Germany, France, Lithuania, Belarus, USA, Japan.

“The organizers of the open-air event Integrart’99 appreciate the music of abstraction and that is why they did adopt any artistic programme. They did not prefer any tradition, school, direction, giving the participants freedom of expression.
These were very important for the organisers of Integrart’99: mutual understanding between artists of many countries, friendly atmosphere – full of mutual respect accompanying the work in this beautiful and difficult local material – the granite.”

Andrzej Strumi││o       

                                       


You can see the exhibition from sunrise to sunset.
Further information: Tourist Information Centre of Wigry National Park: tel. (+87) 5632577, 510992672  fax. (+87) 5632541, e-mail: turystyka@wigry.org.pl

  

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