About the establishment of the Museum of Coins and Medals Commemorating Pope John Paul II
Our Museum was founded thank to great enthusiasm and inexhaustible energy of the President of the company President Electronics Poland – Mr Krzysztof Witkowski, supported in his activity by the co-owners of the company Groupe President Electronics from France.
The Museum of Coins and Medals Commemorating Pope John Paul II is a votive offering to Holy Mary, Queen of Poland, and has been founded as a token of gratitude by the company President when he has recovered from a stroke and as a tribute to the most famous Pole – Karol Wojtyła, the Pope, who was happy to repeatedly visit Our Lady of Jasna Góra as a pilgrim.
Preserving the image of John Paul II on coins and medals is a way of immortalising his great achievement in bringing reconciliation among people all over the world and passing on his legacy to future generations. The foundation of the Museum in Częstochowa has been a symbolic act, associated with the outstanding tradition of pilgrimage which makes the city famous all over the globe.
The infrastructure and manner of exhibition
The Museum is located in the modern building of the company President Electronics Poland, fitted out to the highest standards. It is situated in a close proximity to the national road DK1. Jasna Góra Monastery, 5 km away from the Museum, can be reached within 10 minutes by car. A huge parking lot can host dozens of coaches and hundreds of passenger cars. In the building there are a café, a souvenir shop which also sells numismatic artifacts, all fittings necessary for the functioning of a museum, as well as a music scene with professional amplification and lighting equipment.
An especially important role in the Museum is played by the manner of exhibiting the collection. The unconventional lighting system, composed of over twenty-two thousands of light spots will probably give a pleasant surprise to every visitor. The display of artifacts is aided by state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment in order to make the visit to the Museum more attractive and the contact with the exhibited pieces of art more interesting.
The preparations for opening the Museum lasted just 11 months, covering the time between the crystallisation of the idea and its realisation. People well acquainted with the subject of numismatics will recognise among the exhibited coins and medals the collection of Mr Wojciech Grabowski who, until recently, has been its owner. Mr Grabowski exhibited the collection during John Paul II’s stay in London and also in the Royal Castle in Warsaw in 2006, at the first anniversary of the Pope’s death.
The manager of the Royal Castle, Professor Andrzej Rotermund, upon opening the above mentioned exhibition, expressed his admiration by saying, "…I am deeply convinced that this collection is among the largest and best collections of this type in the world, as it comprises over 3 thousands items […]".
The collection exhibited by our Museum comprises over 10000 items.