Objects have their history – they tell tales of people, travels, important places, and moments in time. They are testimonies of their times, but they also speaks volumes about the people that saw them, touched them. Among them there are letters, documents, and journals. There are also objects like photographs or personal belongings that convey more than a thousand words. The Emigration Museum in Gdynia does its best to acquire as many as possible, in order to connect many important stories into one. Through them – and together with you – we want to touch the past
Our collection speaks about the journeys of countless people living in the Polish lands. It helps us to better understand the life of Polonia – the past and the current one, to get to know something about the centuries of Polish presence in almost every country on Earth. We also want to explain through them the phenomenon of the Marine Station and the city of Gdynia – an exceptional spot on the map of Polish emigration.
Since the very start of this project, aimed at collecting memorabilia, it has met with an enormous commitment by the people to whose personal experiences and family history the history of emigration is closely connected. Thanks to all the donations, we have managed to amass over four thousand objects of invaluable emotional and scientific value. Among them, there are memorabilia related to maritime journeys aboard Polish ocean liners, such as the "Batory". There are also objects that comforted generations of emigrants and kept their spirits high – such as the set of 38 "Emigration Madonnas". Our collection grows bigger with each day as we add new objects.
The history of Polish emigration is formed by life stories of many people – those, who traveled away, but also those, who bid farewells to them on railway platforms, in ports, and at airports. It is our history and we can only recount it together. If you do have an object that is related to emigration – please donate it to us. We'll connect it to its history.