The Polish Museum of America boasts a great many artifacts in its collection most are from the 1893 World’s Fair Exposition. Exhibits include those of the sea, Polish Kings, and Art Gallery. The most impressive exhibit of all is the Paderewski Room dedicated to the great concert pianist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
An interactive kiosk helps you connect with the artifacts. The true experts are the museum employees who will leave you with a deep understanding and knowledge of the Paderewski, the person. He was more than just a pianist, but a statesman and philanthropist too! It is an exquisite exhibit. In the collection is a pocket watch made for Paderewski, his last piano and chair, the furniture from his last place of residence in the Buckingham Hotel. Additionally, he gave money to the Polish movement in both World Wars and a Polish uniform is on display. One remarkable piece of history is the Versailles pen that supposedly Paderewski to sign the Peace Treaty of Versailles.
Visit the Great Hall and gaze at the some of the most beatiful stained glass windows other than at the Smith Museum of Stained Glass at Navy Pier and visit the many works of art upstairs in the art gallery. The Polish Museum of America has much to offer and worth the visit!