"Roads to Freedom Exhibition - Internal" Gdansk Things to Do Tip by mightywease

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  Gate at the Gdansk Shipyard No 2.
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  • Gate at the Gdansk Shipyard No 2. - Gdansk
      Gate at the Gdansk Shipyard No 2.
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  • Entrance to the Roads to Freedom Exhibition - Gdansk
      Entrance to the Roads to Freedom Exhibition
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Inside the hall the multimedia exhibition charts the resistance to communist rule, such as the protests in Poznan during 1956 and Gdansk 1970, through the birth of Solidarity, the imposition of martial law and, finally, the coming of democracy.

Much of this is done through first had testimony from those involved, strikers, politicians and also, for instance, the artist who created the Solidarity symbol. In one of the first rooms a very thorough history of protest is shown via computer terminals ? allowing you to view pictures, video and text at your own pace. In later rooms are a reconstruction of the room where the August agreement was debated and signed, two wooden boards on which are handwritten the 21 demands of the strikers, which are now included on UNESCO?S World Heritage List for their humanitarian and libertarian values. Later rooms concentrate, via video displays, reconstructions and artefacts, on life under martial law when Solidarity and protest was forced underground. Finally the last room shows the legacy of August 1980 ? and later 1989 - as communist rule began to crumble and the map of Eastern and Central Europe was re-drawn.

It is an absolutely fantastic exhibition with just so many highlights. Interesting, informative, extremely well informed, moving and hopeful. The latter is, I feel, the lasting, wonderful legacy of August 1980 and the birth of Solidarity ? it gave so many people hope. And hope is a commodity that is always needed and should always be valued.

Address: ul. Doki 1, Gdansk
Directions: In the BHP Hall, Gdansk Shipyard No. 2
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Monday

Phone: + 48 58 769 2920

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 12, 2006
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