Exhibition: Ełk – a history driven by trains
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02 August 2019

Exhibition: Ełk – a history driven by trains

Ełk – a history driven by trains

Exhibition scenario: Jakub Knyżewski, Rafał Żytyniec

The title of the exhibition suggests that on the one hand – we want to tell the history of the city in a chronological manner, and on the other – we would like to show how Ełk and Masuria developed once the railway was in place. At the same time, this is the story of the new headquarters of the Historical Museum in Ełk: the revitalised premises of the former Lycker Kleinbahn / Ełk Narrow – Gauge Railway.


How has Ełk been changing over the centuries, from the ‘long Middle Ages’ to modern times?

How did the railway construction influence the appearance of the city and the life of Masurians?

What did the arrival of the first train in Ełk on 8th December 1868 look like?

Who were Masurians and how does their dialect sound?

What did the first post – war – years look like in Polish Ełk?

Why did Władysław Gomułka become the first honorary citizen of Ełk after WWII?

Why Ełk was never chosen to be the capital of the Masurian Voivodeship?

What did the station of Ełk Narrow – Gauge Railway look like in the 1970s?

In our exhibition you shall find answers to these questions and to many others concerning Ełk and its past.


The exhibition is open:

24 June – 27 October 2019

Tue – Sun | 9 am – 5 pm

Exhibition under the Honorary Patronage of the Mayor of Ełk, Tomasz Andrukiewicz.