"von Krokow Museum aka Archivum Crocovianum" Krokowa Things to Do Tip by Ekaterinburg
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This small museum, situated in one of the side wings of the castle is only of interest if you want to know more about the family who lived here for seven centuries and were more or less reponsible for the entire village. The name 'Archivum Crocovianum' is very relevant as this archive of family history chronologically recounts how 'Crockau 'becomes 'Krokowski' which in turn becomes von Krokow. What is valuable about this exercise is that the history of this old noble family of Pomerania is like a mirror image of Pomerania itself. The changing of the name to the Polish version then changing again to the German version reflects the changes in power here and of course when the land changed back to Polish hands again in 1945, the Von Krokows left. In 1920 they had adopted Polish citizenship once more but that can't have been easy. One of Count Doring 's(the last owner of Krokowa) sons fought for Poland and then for Germany and two of his brothers died as German officers. The history continues right up to 1990 when Doring's son Albrecht jointly with the then Mayor of Krokowa set up the Foundation for Polish-German Meetings and Centre of Kashubian Culture.
The exhibits are well displayed with lots of photographs, documents and memorabilia. Like the Regional Museum, explanatory notes are in Polish and German, so if you only speak English you will need to do your homework on the castle website first. Because we had read up in advance and knew the names, dates etc of the principal players we were able to follow it--- just.
I think if you stay in this area you definitely feel the urge to know a little about the von Krokows so I'm hoping that next time I visit, there will be a commentary in English also.
Entrance to the museum is free and on Saturday afternoons in season, there are guided tours.
Address: Ul. Zamkowa, Krokowa
Directions: On the first floor in the south wing of the castle.
Phone: 0048 58 774 21 11
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