Virtual visit of the Warsaw 1944 Uprising Museum

The Virtual Museum is a unique project, designed by the Warsaw Uprising Museum and the Orange Foundation in Poland, to enable anyone with an internet connection to discover the history of the Warsaw uprising of 1944 – an unusual way of documenting the history of the Second World War and the city of Warsaw.

Thanks to the English and French versions recently posted on the site www.1944.wp.pl, an interactive visit of the Museum is now available to a far wider audience.

 

 

The virtual visit of the Warsaw Uprising Museum is a perfect illustration of how modern the exhibition is. It contains numerous 3D objects, reconstructed scenes, the Virtual Wall of Remembrance, archived photos, films and interviews featuring the insurgents, newspapers published during the Uprising, maps and so on. The 3D technology makes it possible to examine each object close up or to enlarge it and turn it over or rotate it. “We are delighted that projects like the Virtual Museum are now coming to fruition. They help to pass on knowledge in an attractive, interactive and engaging format. This type of project also demonstrates the approach taken towards corporate social responsibility by Orange: making our services as a convergent operator available to diverse stakeholders in an area that is very dear to us. Thanks to the English and French versions of the site, the precious collections housed by the Museum will now be on show for the entire world”, says Maciej Witucki, President of Orange Polska.

The Virtual Museum also has a special educational role to play, with schoolchildren and students being invited to take part in a real adventure and study the past through multi-media. This wonderful tool encourages young people to use modern ways of learning such as personal experiences and discoveries. It was with young people in mind that the founders of the Virtual Museum developed teaching scenarios using the objects on show in the Museum. “We hope that our project will appeal to teachers and that they will make use of it to prepare their European history lessons in school. Our target audience also includes the staff and teachers who work in various cultural centres all over the world” - that is the sort of thing that the Virtual Museum could be used for according to Jadwiga Czartoryska, President of the Orange Foundation in Poland. The first interactive lesson for French-speaking schoolchildren took place in French during the inauguration ceremony of the Virtual Museum.

“The language of Europe is translation, said Umberto Eco. I think we can consider his declaration our motto. The Virtual Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, which can be visited in three European languages, is a wonderful example" – concludes Pierre Buhler, French Ambassador to Poland, during the inauguration ceremony of the Virtual Museum.

The creation of the Virtual Museum was made possible by the joint efforts of the Warsaw Uprising Museum and the Orange Foundation in Poland.

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