61-781 Poznań, ul. Wodna 27 – The Górka Palace

Main areas of activity:
– prehistoric and mediaeval archaeology of Wielkopolska (Greater Poland)
– prehistoric archaeology of Egypt and the Sudan

– inventories of graves and settlements
– bronze, silver and golden hoards
– collective and stray finds from Palaeolithic to Early Middle Ages
– assemblages from Mediaeval and Early Modern times from Greater Poland
– archaeological finds from Egypt and the Sudan.

Total number of objects: 46 735 (according to inventory nos. at the end of 2004).
Total amount of exhibition rooms: 10
Total exhibition area: 636 m2
Total storage area:
in the Museum – 4 480 m2
in the Regional Store of Archaeological Materials (Fortress VII – Aleja Polska) – 2.000 m2
History of the Museum and its collections

The origins of the Museum date back to September 23th, 1857 when the Department of Historical and Moral Sciences of the Poznań Society of the Friends of Sciences decided to establish the Museum of Polish and Slavic Antiquities. In 1923 the archaeological collections of this Museum were joined with a similar collection of the former Provincial Museum in Poznań (Kaiser-Friedrich Museum), founded by the Germans in 1894. From both collections an independent Department of the Wielkopolskie Museum was created with its own seat. In 1945 the independent Prehistoric Museum was established which in 1950 changed its name to the present one. In 1967 the Museum received a new seat in the Górka Palace, reconstructed after destruction in the war.