Museum of Industry and Agriculture

Museum of Industry and Agriculture, on Warsaw's Krakowskie Przedmieście

The Museum of Industry and Agriculture (Polish: Muzeum Przemysłu i Rolnictwa) is a former museum of technology at Krakowskie Przedmieście 66 in Warsaw, Poland.


It was founded in 1866, chartered on June 5, 1875, opened in 1905, and destroyed in 1939 during World War II. From 1881 it was housed on Krakowskie Przedmieście in a former guardhouse and Bernardine monastery. It documented the history of Polish industry, agriculture and crafts.[1] An 1875 co-founder was the Polish-Jewish banker and philanthropist Hyppolite Wawelberg.

It was in a physics laboratory run by Józef Boguski at the Museum that Maria Skłodowska (Marie Curie), future investigator of "radioactivity" (a term that she would coin) and future double Nobel laureate, in 1890–91 did her first scientific work.[2]


  1. E. Chwalewik, Zbiory polskie w ojczyźnie i na obczyźnie... (Polish Collections in Poland and Abroad...), vol. 2, Warsaw, 1927, pp. 353–56.

Coordinates: 52°14′45″N 21°0′51″E / 52.24583°N 21.01417°E / 52.24583; 21.01417

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