From now until January 11, the National Museum in Warsaw has a large exhibition about Freemasonry, focusing on its history in Poland. Freemasonry has been part of Poland's history for almost 300 years (some say longer). It has been a part of the lives of such amazing Poles as: Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Gabriel Narutowicz, general Bolesław Wieniawa-Długoszowski, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Jan Henryk Dąbrowski, Józef Poniatowski, general Edward Śmigły-Rydz, general Michał Tokarzewski-Karaszewicz, Janusz Korczak, Cardinal Gabriel Podoski, Archbishop Michał Poniatowski, Zygmunt Krasiński, Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, Józef Ksawery Elsner, and possibly Adam Mickiewicz and general Władysław Sikorski,, plus many other men (and women since most Polish lodges are mixed and there are also female lodges) to whom our society owes so much.
Is Freemasonry a broad social movement seeking to improve society and spread ideas of solidarity and self-help, or is it a cover-up for a narrow circle of people who are sceptical of democracy and its principles? Or, perhaps, it's rather an arcane system of initiation rites that lead to bizarre, archaic rituals? ...... "The Freemasons remain one of the most mysterious organisations in the history of Western culture." ......To let the audience seek their own answers, the exhibition has been arranged as a passage through those initiation ritesculture.pl/en/article/secrets-of-the-freemasons-revealed-in-warsaw
Is it a way to endow the mature phase of one's life with a dignified, intelligent and fulfilling direction, as Masons claim? Is it an intellectual adventure, a challenge to routine ways of thinking and acting, as others believe? A utopia, a dream of a world slightly more sensibly structured than the one we happened to inherit? A widespread movement for social repair, solidarity and mutual benefit? Or is it perhaps the polar opposite - a veil for an exclusive club of elite individuals sceptical of the democratic process?mnw.art.pl/en/temporary-exhibitions/freemasonry-ipro-publico-bonoi,5.html
(The National Museum's website)
By the way, the exhibition has some has things for kids too as well as a parallel program of talks, discussions, performance and visits to interesting places
(good pictures in both of these)wlnp.pl/
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