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fot. Wojciech Wi¶niewski
© The Museum of the Countryside in Sierpc



"POHULANKA" Tavern
fot. Tomasz Niesłuchowski
© The Museum of the Countryside in Sierpc



Tavern group
fot. Tomasz Niesłuchowski
© The Museum of the Countryside in Sierpc



"1920 Bitwa Warszawska" Jerzy Hoffman
fot. Wojciech Glinka
© Zodiak Jerzy Hoffman Film Production




Movie’s Countryside
The Museum of the Countryside in Sierpc



One of Poland’s most known settings is the Museum of the Masovian Countryside in Sierpc. The museum workers are often cast as extras in various films. This is the place where one can find a true soul of the Masovian soil. Filmmakers just love the place! Jerzy Hoffman shot some scenes for his famous With Fire and Sword at the museum; Andrzej Wajda’s Sir Thaddeus, the greatest Polish epic poem, was shot there. The museum in Sierpc is a perfect recreation of the old countryside. Entering the place is a travel in time since it is a different reality, just like a one from a movie set. There are eleven farmsteads containing houses, barns, sheds, garners and pigsties. Visitors can visit a tavern, forge, oil mill, windmill, chapel, church as well as many examples of small architectural forms, such as roadside shrines, dovecots, wells and cellars. The farmsteads date back to different periods, from the late nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. They seem to be inhabited; well-kept gardens, flower patches and orchards. The place is complemented by locally grown crops and bred farm animals (horses, sheep, goats, geese, ducks and chicken), which give it a very natural character. The interiors are decorated in accordance with the season of the year: Christmas, Easter, and Polish Year. From April to June the houses are embellished with colorful palms, paper ribbons, painted eggs, all of which invite visitors to join the Easter climate. From December to February the entire village celebrates Christmas. All rooms in every house are decorated with Christmas trees, sheaves, apples, gingerbread and hand-made toys. The tables covered in hay, cloths and abundance of dishes await their owners. For the remaining part of the year the interiors are home to everyday rural activities, such as baking breads, cheese making, herb drying, doing laundry, ironing, making preservatives, pickles and sauerkraut.

The potential of this place is enormous! The Museum of the Countryside in Sierpc celebrated its fortieth birthday last year.
We hope it will keep on inspiring filmmakers in their future productions.

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The Museum of the Countryside in Sierpc


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