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Daybreak – Mazovian Center
of Metallurgy from the turn of the eras

Opened in October 2014 the new core exhibition introduces and brings closer to the general public one of the major discoveries of
post-war Polish archaeology – the Mazovian Centre of Metallurgy in existence twenty centuries ago.


The presentation brings together in a balanced way state-of-the-art
technology and time-honoured methods of Museum display to convey
the excitement and richness of themes that are inherent to its subject.
Thanks to the use of innovative forms of visual communication
and design the visitors to the exhibition are offered an intimate
experience of the narration. The setting is created by original
artefacts from archaeological excavations made in the region.
Their combined interpretations create a broad overview
of the Mazovian Centre of Metallurgy: the iron smelting
and iron working process, the daily life of the settlement,
and the wider historical context of this fragment of prehistory.
Currently the exhibition Daybreak is the only in Poland
to offer so comprehensive a presentation of the fascinating
subject of ancient metallurgy.

The exhibition incorporates numerous historical reconstructions in 3D,
drawings, films and multimedia resources to assist and enhance
the visitor experience of the prehistoric past. Special place is taken
by holographic reconstruction of the glass beaker with painted figures
of Roman gladiators – one of the most prized items in the Museum
collections. For the first time after almost twenty centuries this unique,
vessel manufactured in a workshop in the Roman Empire
can be viewed in all its glory.

Another highlight of the exhibition is an interactive 360 degrees video
of scenes from the life of an ancient prehistoric ironworking settlement
in which the visitors are free to adjust the perspective and navigate
within the recorded space. This is the first time that this technology
has been used in Poland in a museum exhibition. Other attractions
include full reconstructions of the Roman legionary outfit and weapons
informed by archaeological research and the outfit
of an affluent member of the local community.

Materials and facilities companion to the Exhibition:

– audioguides in three languages: Polish, English, German,

– an illustrated brochure in two languages: Polish, English,

– FM receivers with inductor coil and FM transmitters,

– children’s corner with magnetic puzzle games,

– many objects the visitors to the Exhibition are encouraged to touch,

– a stair climber for visitors with motor disabilities.

All of the multimedia materials to the Exhibition are available in three languages: Polish, English, German.