Monday: closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10.00 – 18.00
Saturday: 10.00 – 15.00
Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00

Worth seeing

  • The rich collections of exhibits relating to the history of Leszno and the region, including an impressive collection of portraits of the kings of the Fraternity Leszczyńskiego Kurkowego from the XVIII-XX;
  • one of the greatest country in the gallery of paintings about the Polish village of the nineteenth-twentieth century, most esteemed artists such as: Axentowicz T., J. Chełmoński, A. Falat, W. Jarocki, J. Kossak, J. Malczewski , K. Sichulski, W. Tetmajer, L. Wyczółkowski, S. Wyspianski;
  • exposure associated with the famous pedagogue Jan Amos Komeńskim and Czech brothers, including died portraits from the eighteenth century;
  • a collection of portraits of royal, aristocratic and bourgeois of the eighteenth-twentieth centuries, including King Stanislaw Leszczynski and Mary and Joseph Prince Alexander Sułkowskiego with families;
  • attractively prepared an exhibition of the folk culture of the south-western Wielkopolska;
  • memorabilia associated with the culture of Jews in Great Poland.

The District Museum in Leszno is a culture of self-government of Wielkopolska province. The main facility is located in a former synagogue on ul. Narutowicza 31. More than seventy years gathers collections documenting the history and culture of Leszno and south-western part of Wielkopolska province, region and culture of folk painting. Spread culturally and religiously diverse history lives region mainly in the XVII and XVIII of the brothers from the Czech Republic Czech and Moravia, the population of the nearby Silesia luteranian, Jews and Scots, Italians and Hungarians. Through the activities of collectors, museum exhibitions and education makes an important contribution to the promotion of cultural and historical traditions of the region. It does so also shares teaching, museum lessons, competitions and concerts. The Museum is actively working with several museums in the country, presenting them in their collections.

Former synagogue in Leszno

In 1993, in a renovated, 19th century building of the former pre-funeral house, located on the previous Jewish cementery (nowdays - Jan Paweł Avenue), the Judaism Department was created.

For this initiative, which was organized entirely out of state financial resources, the museum received an honourable award by the Ministry of the Culture for the most interested museum-event in 1993.

In the same year 1993, the Professed Jewish Communal Association of the Republic of Poland agreed in writting on taking over the former local synagogue and organizing there the art gallery of Polish painting devoted to the country. A particular renovation and conservation took place there, the works finished on may 2006r.

Since 1st January 1999, due to administrative reform in Poland, the museum has become an institiution subordinated to the Seym of Wielkopolska Province.

The Regional Museum in Leszno for many years makes efforts for the spreading the Jewish culture.

These activities do not limit themselves only to minding the material heritage left by citizens of Leszno of the Jewish origin. The Jewish subject matter passes also across temporary organized exhibitions in the museum. In 2005 this was the exposition entitled „Our older brother- the painting, the drawing and the graphics” from crops of the Jewish Historic Institute in Warsaw. In 2004 - graphices and pictures about the Jewish subject matter were put out by Lila Fijałkowska, the graduate of the Art School in Moscow. But the exhibition entitled „Great Poland rabbies in the circle of the Jewish tradition” from 2002 brought closer the successes of the Jewish thought, both in the sphere of philosophical investigations, theological and historic.

The Leszno synagogue is acknowledged as an oldest kept synagogue on the ground of Wielkopolska. The meaning of the temple is connected not only with its age, but it results first of all from the fact that this was the main synagogue and the most important Jewish commune in Wielkopolska in the 18 th century and half of the 19 th century. Leszno then became the centre of Jewish communes in Wielkopolska, taking the primacy of the priority the deteriorating Poznań commune. It appeared among other things in the dependence from Leszno Jewish community of 36 Jewish Great Poland communes, both in respect of financial and organizational matter.

The history under many consideration was kind for the Leszno synagogue.When in the 19 th century the tendency was generally to demolish old Jewish synagogues, replacing them with new buildings, the Leszno synagogue survived, because the condition. In 1905 the reconstruction of the temple was finished and in this form the object survived the period of the World War II, and also the 50 following years waiting for the adaptation.

The Leszno synagogue became registered of ancient monuments only in 1991. Like this exceptional in the scale of all Wielkopolska the object gained respect.

In 1993 began the repair of the object, wanting to adapt it on museum-aims. 2 Milion złotych was spent on the repairs. In 1999 the repair was suspended. A reason were possessional pretensions of the Management the Religious Jewish Commune in Wrocław, notified on the ground new affranchisement regulations from the year 1997. The disagreement about the ownership lasted several years. At last the Council of the Province Wielkopolskiego decided about the payment of the indemnity the Jewish populace which at last relinquished the right of property to the object.

The engagement of authorities of the province into this undertaking both essential and financial brought to the favourable end of the repair of the Leszno synagogue. This opened the new stage in cultural and social life in Leszno. Being administratively the part of the Regional Museum in Leszno the synagogue gives the possibility of better exhibiting of crops during temporary exhibitions, and also permits prosperously to bring interesting expositions from all country. The object is one of rare in the region, on the basis of which can be led the various cultural activity.

The synagogue is the biggest attraction in the Wielkopolska. Perfect in the scale of the all country the valorization synagog gave the Leszno object 11 points out of 12. The synagogue in Leszno outdistanced only three similar objects in the country: in Tykocin, Łęcznej and Cracow. The attention also deserves the fact that without changing the external block of the object it succeeded to adapt the space used originally for sacral aims on connected aims with the museum-activity exhibitions, conference, training, perform aims.

The building of the former synagogue had become adapted to present users. The structure of the object was kept, and his functions remained extended. The technical subsidiaries was adapted to the needs of handicapped people. The concert hall and smaller rooms can be prosperously use for the purpose of the organization of entertainments about the diverse character beginning from concerts, on conferences, exhibitions, trade fair publishing- and smaller instructions finishing. The location of the object within the framework of Leszno Old Town is an additional benefit which other towns do not possess. After repairing the elevation of the external synagogue this object became the most representative building of Leszno Old Town.

Montag: geschlossen
Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag: 10.00 – 18.00
Samstag: 10.00 – 14.00
Sonntag: 10.00 – 18.00

Das Bezirksmuseum in Leszno mit Hauptsitz in zwei historischen Bürgerhäusern fördert und verbreitet seit über 50 Jahren die Geschichte und Kultur des südwestlichen Teils der Region. Es präsentiert archäologische Objekte (u.a. das sog. Schwert aus Osieczna, das Przemysł II. zugeschrieben wird), Gegenstände des Kunsthandwerks, Erinnerungsstücke an Johann Amos Comenius und die Böhmischen Brüder, eine Sammlung von Sargporträts, Bildnisse mit Leszno verbundener Persönlichkeiten, Erinnerungsstücke an die Schützengilde, ethnografische Sammlungen, eine Kollektion regionaler Medaillen und eine über tausend Objekte zählende Kollektion polnischer Malerei, die ländlichen Motiven gewidmet ist.Im Gebäude des früheren Begräbnishauses auf dem Gelände des nicht mehr existierenden jüdischen Friedhofs wurde eine judaistische Abteilung eingerichtet. Sie beherbergt Sammlungen von Gegenständen des religiös-synagogalen Kults sowie fast 400 Grabplatten, die aus den umliegenden jüdischen Friedhöfen stammen.