Porta Posnania has been designed as an interactive and multimedia presentation of history and its interpretation. It is not a museum. There are no artifacts here. All artifacts and historical places are around us on the Cathedral Island. After learning about the Island’s history we can venture out to see the historical spots ourselves. Thanks to Porta Posnania multimedia and fun way to tell its story we will feel more connected to the heritage and to our roots.
Visitors are led by audioguides. They can choose from three different tours : individual tour, family tour and a group tour.
The Settlement Room
The Settlement Room describes the early years of the Island. We get a chance to learn about its people, how they lived, what they believed in, how they organized their community life and how important the fortified settlements were for them at that time.
The Water Room
In 966 Duke Mieszko I accepts Christianity. Here in this room the focus is placed not only on this groundbreaking event itself but also on the consequences of cultural and political changes that took place in a young Polish state as a result. Touch screen multimedia terminals and even a walk-in baptismal column help the visitors to identify with the event and people from the period of such significance in our history.
The Gold Room
This room tells a story of the Cathedral Island between the periods of The Golden Age – the Renaissance, and the 19th century, the time when Poland lost its independence and was under partitions for over a century. It contains a replica of the Golden Chapel, which visitors are welcome to enter and admire. The original Golden Chapel, a treasure of Polish heritage, can be seen in its full majesty inside the Cathedral Basilica.
The Stained-glass Room
Here we present the times of the most recent history of the Cathedral Island, the 20th century, the time of most dramatic events. Stained glass as a form of art consists of small elements, of many colors, shapes, sizes all creating one big entity. In the same way, all the events that occurred here on the Island over a period of millennium have shaped who we are today and where we are going. World War II and its destructions, despite their horrific nature, have helped us uncover new potentials and taught us more about that has been hidden here on the Island for so many centuries. Archeological discoveries, rebuilding of the Cathedral Basilica, are just a few of the examples we share with our visitors here. But this is not the end. Now we are just about to begin part two of our tour: Island tour on our own.
By crossing through our skywalk we cross history. We are going back in time. From the modernist, multimedia building of the 21th century we are now entering the Island and exploring the history that took place here all the way from the 9th, 10th century throughout the millennium.