POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw introduces audio guides for the Ukrainian-speaking museum visitors. It is a joint project of the Ukrainian Institute and the Embassy of Ukraine in Poland. The audio guides in the Ukrainian language at the Core Exhibition of POLIN will be available from August 2019.
Ukrainian audio guides in leading museums of the world is a long-term programme of the Ukrainian Institute, a state institution that develops cultural relations between Ukraine and other countries. The programme aims to provide high-quality services to Ukrainian-speaking museum visitors and to raise the visibility of the Ukrainian language internationally. It is implemented in collaboration with the Ukrainian embassies in different countries.
Volodymyr Sheiko, Director General of the Ukrainian Institute, says:
"We are privileged that POLIN Museum has supported this very important initiative for Ukraine and increased accessibility for the Ukrainian-speaking visitors. We believe that such projects raise the Ukrainian profile worldwide since the museums as POLIN are visited by millions of tourists from around the globe."
For the Core Exhibition that represents 1000 years of the history of Polish Jews, from the Middle Ages until today, these institutions have prepared Ukrainian audio tour being recorded on 200 audioguides.
Ukraine Ambassador Andrii Deshchytsia says:
"I'm very glad that POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews become one of the first museums in Poland and Europe, where audio guide in Ukrainian is introduced. This extremely important project became possible thanks to support and effective cooperation by Ukrainian Institute, Embassy of Ukraine in Poland and POLIN Museum. The number of Ukrainian citizens in Poland is increasing and today it reaches over one million people.
So, it's an additional reason to be proud that we are Ukrainians, that Ukraine is known and appreciated around the world and takes care about Ukrainian citizens abroad. Ukraine provides new opportunities for them. On the one hand, this is an opportunity to learn more about the country and the society, in which they reside temporarily. On the other hand, when the Ukrainian language sounds in one of the most prestigious museums in the world it is a great example of strengthening the international image of Ukraine and the Ukrainian language as one of the most popular European languages".
Acting Director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Zygmunrt Stępiński says:
"I would like to thank the Ukrainian Ambassador Mr. Andrij Deszczycia and the Director General of the Ukrainian Institute, Mr. Volodymyr Sheiko, who have contributed to the realization of the project. This audio guide will make it possible for the citizens of Ukraine to visit our Museum more comfortably; we have had the pleasure of having thousands of the Ukrainian citizens visit us already. However, we want to encourage those who have not heard about the POLIN Museum yet to come visit us. The Ukrainian community in Warsaw is substantial, and we hope our offer will be met with interest as the history presented at POLIN is inseparably intertwined with the history of our neighbors."
The pilot project of the Ukrainian audio guides in the leading world museums was launched in 2018 by the Ukrainian Institute in collaboration with the National Museum in Warsaw. This year, the Ukrainian audio guides will also be available in Belvedere, Vienna, as a part of the programme of the Bilateral Cultural Year Austria-Ukraine 2019. Germany will be the next country to implement the initiative.
POLIN Museum is a modern cultural institution – a narrative museum which presents a 1000-year history of Polish Jews. In 2016, POLIN Museum won the title of the European Museum of the Year Award.