One of the most interesting museums in Lodz is located in the magnificent mansion built for the family of one of the wealthiest factory owners of the 19th century Lodz, Izrael K. Poznańki. Apart from the exhibition of its interiors from the turn of the 19th and 20th century and the exhibition chronicling the history of the industrial Lodz, a number of rooms have been dedicated to artists related to the city and those who were meritorious to the city’s inhabitants. Those exhibitions showcase memorabilia of Artur Rubinstein, Julian Tuwim, Władysław Reymont, and Marek Edelman.
In 2017, the palace’s cellar became the venue of a permanent multicultural exhibition called “On a Common Yard”. The exhibition displays basic knowledge of the city, of pre-1939 Lodz. The multiculturality is manifested through the museum collections, archival photographs, arrangement and scenographic solutions, and audiovisual contents. The multimedia serve as the complement of the interwar narrative. Flashing monitor screens are limited to the minimum, and there is a complete lack of illuminated signs, which is why the colorful tainted glass that seems illuminated by rays of sun is beautifully displayed in the common hall. No less interesting exhibition was opened in 2020 under the title "Łódź in Europe. Europe in Łódź. The promised land yesterday and today'. The exhibition presents the evolution of Łódź over nearly two centuries from four different but complementary perspectives. The most important axis is the history of the metropolis. It is complemented by a story about various aspects of city life, which reveals the network of relationships building the complicated metropolitan machinery. Through historical objects, photographs, tactile models, games, applications and recordings, the exhibition helps to understand Łódź's past, learn about the background of its phenomenal development and discover its potential.
Historic interiors are venues to concerts, vernissages, balls, and banquets. The palace two-story gallery is famous for the temporary exhibitions of the most appreciated artists in the world, such as Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Marc Chagalle, or Max Ernst. The institution conducts educational activities for children and youth in the form of workshops, outdoor sessions, and museum classes.
The palace building neighbors Poznański’s revitalized factory complex, Manufaktura. Right next to the palace is the garden. Contemporary artists of Lodz display their open-air sculptures that are part of the Alley of Sculpture embedded in the green spaces of the garden.
The Łódź City Museum is reopened from 02/10/2020
Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:00
* Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00
Friday: 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 19:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 19:00
* On Wednesdays the entrance to permanent exhibitions is free.
History of Lodz – History, Culture, Everyday Life:
- Poznański’s Study
- Artur Rubinstein Gallery of Music:
- Painting of Jewish artists. From the collection of David Malk
- Walking Garden from 13.10.2017 closed until further notice.
In a Common Courtyard – Lodz, The Melting Pot of Cultures and Religions
Model of the old Lodz
Łódź in Europe. Europe in Łódź