Panorama of the Battle of Racławice

The painting present the Battle of Racławice in April 1794, in which Poles won over Russians. The monumental picture is 114m long and 15m high.

The museum is closed from July 31 to March 2021.

What you must know before sightseeing

  • Wear a mask on your face.
  • Undergo a body temperature test (by means of a remote non-contact thermometer).
  • Disinfect your hands under the disinfectant dispenser placed beside the entrance (they will also be available close to restrooms).
  • Buy a ticket (magnetic card payment is strongly recommended).
  • Show your ticket (from a distance of 2 metres) to the person checking its validity.
  • Move around only within strictly marked transport routes (the ground floor and the direct entrance to the second floor, where two permanent galleries of Polish and European art are available).
  • Keep the required distance between visitors and the supervision personnel (minimum 2 metres of interval) in all gallery rooms.
  • No more than 5 persons are allowed to stay in one room at the same time (the supervision personnel will strictly monitor compliance with the limit of 15 square metres per one visitor).
  • In the case of the vault and the exhibition Art Nouveau Goes Metal, only one visitor is allowed to stay in this room at the same time (others have to wait in front of the entrance to this room in 2-metre intervals)
  • Comply in full with all remarks and instructions of the supervision personnel
  • Do not use the lift
  • Remember that the bookshop and the café are closed – shopping is possible in the museum’s online bookshop.
  • The rules of watching exhibits remain the same: do not approach them too close, do not touch them and do not photograph them with a tripod or a flash.

Racławice Panorama Museum

  • Open from Tuesday to Sunday. The first presentation is held at 10:00 a.m., the last one at 5:00 p.m.

Racławice Panorama Museum

It was the idea of Jan Styka, a painter from Lvov, who invited among others Wojciech Kossak, Tadeusz Popiel, Teodor Axentowicz, Włodzimierz Tetmajer to work on the painting.

The work took 9 months to finish. A rotunda with Panorama of the Battle of Racławice (Panorama Racławicka), built in Stryjeński Park, became one of the attractions of Lvov.

The technology applied by the authors can be compared to the contemporary 3D technology. Special, panoramic perspective, lighting and scenography constructed in front of the picture make it look multidimensional.

Panorama of the Battle of Racławice in Wrocław

After World War II the Panorama of the Battle of Racławice came to Wrocław. For many years it was hidden in storeroom, mainly for political reasons - it shows the victory of Poles against Russians, and back then Poland was under the Soviet Union’s influence.

Not until 1980 the works on the new rotunda started, the painting could be seen after 1985. Among the visitors were the Pope John Paul II and the Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix. In 1987 the prime minister of China Zhao Ziyang was impressed by Panorama of the Battle of Racławice. Two years later, the first Chinese panorama was created, even bigger than the one in Wrocław. It presents the victory of the communists over the army of Kuomitang in 1948. Panorama became a popular tool of promotion of the most important events in the history of communist China. In the next years, over ten panoramas were created.

During the visit, the viewers can listen to the history of the painting and the events presented in 16 languages (including Korean, Japanese, Croatian and Esperanto). For blind people there is an audio description available.

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