Museum of History of Lviv Polytechnic

The museum is located in the main building on campus of Lviv Polytechnic University (the Polytechnica) built in 1874-1877 in the Neo-Renaissance style by the architect Yulian Zakharevych. The attic of the building is decorated with the motto 'Science and Art' and a sculptural group by the master Leonard Marconi. The sculptures depict Engineering Science, Architecture and Mechanics.

The exposition consists of documents (1848-1850, 1858, 1870-1890 — dates of the oldest ones) and exhibits related to different areas of technical achievements, historical materials about the establishment and development of the school, famous teachers and scientists who worked there at different times. There's also information about remarkable university graduates and history of its scientific collaboration with other educational centers around the world.

Visitors can have a look at a wide collection of graduating documents of the university: from exam certificates to diploma supplements. There's a unique list of local students who took part in barricade fightings (1848). It was the way for the youth to express their protests against Austrian absolutism.

There are original documents displayed in the exposition, such as the decree given to Prof. Yulian Zakharevych. It allowed him to go on a business trip to several European cities to study the architecture of local technical universities, after which he was to return to Lviv and finish his project of Lviv Technical Academy. The other interesting document is a submission of local teachers addressed to the regional authorities, with a request to enable students from less priviledged families to travel abroad and get acquainted with modern technical achievements. The submission was signed by all the local professors.

Franz Joseph I, the Emperor of Austria, visited the Academy 13 September 1880. He sighned his name in the Memorial book (kept nowadays in Wroclaw). During his visit, the Emperor gave to the Academy his portrait and commissioned 11 monumental paintings for the assembly hall. They were designed as a kind of allegory of society's development, achievements and technical progress. The works were created in the studio of a famous Polish artist Jan Matejko by his students. These paintings are still located in the assembly hall of the Polytechnica.

In the exposition visitors can see historical photographs of the local professors near the main building (1925), dorm interiors (early 20th century) and portraits of such notable figures as Ivan Levynsky, Bruno Abdank-Abakanowicz, Roman Sas-Zalozetsky and Stefan Banach.

There are a lot of materials referring to a world-famous physicist Marie SkÍodowska Curie.

The local students not only were studying hard, but also organised various clubs, sports competitions and concerts. There's a variety of original event posters preserved. One of them advertised a Ukranian folk concert organised by the locals for German visitors.

The other interesting exhibits are photos of the University Scientific library on Profesorska street (belongs to the Polytechnica from 1932; the project author Tadey Osinsky). The library building is one more example of how the local masters implemented world architectural tendencies in their own city.

In 1991, first time in 50 years, the university dean was elected in a democratic way. In the section dedicated to this event, visitors can see the photographs of remarkable figures of that time: the dean Y. Rudavsky, the professors Y. Velychka, S. Zamora, K. Karadnieyev, M. Pletinka, R. Lypka, etc. There's also, together with other materials, a document with which the Polytechnica was granted the title of the National Higher Education Institution.

Entrance fees:
Free of charge.
Working hours:
Open by prior arrangement.
Contact info:
Lviv city
S. Bandera St., 12

Tel.: +38 (032) 276-97-98
49.835215  24.014364  
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