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Nature And Forest Museum - Bialowieza National Park

ul. park Palacowy 11 | Bialowieza National Park, Bialowieza 17-230, Poland
+48 85 682 97 11
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Museum with recorded guide

This museum is very nice and you can see many displays with animals, birds and insects from... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Gina K
Very badly organised

The displays are impressive but you are admitted in groups and have to move round at the speed of... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
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Nature and Forest Museum is the oldest museum in the Polish national parks. Its traditions reach back to the interwar period, and its collection includes many precious scientific collections and rare specimens. BNP Nature and Forest Museum is housed in a modern building, which in an innovative and attractive manner exhibits natural collections, ranging from zoology, through botany ending with historic use of the forest. processes characteristic for the Bialowieża National Park receive special focus. Permanent exposition presents the most characteristic forest communities of the forest, including riverine forest, alder carr, decidous lime-hornbeam-oak forest, pine forest, boreal sprucebog), ecological processes (e.g. tree decomposition stages) and natural phenomena (e.g. extraordinary number of species of fungi and animal world). The culture related section of the exhibit is devoted to presentation of the types of historic use of the Forest over the span of several centuries (haymaking, bee keeping, processing wood into turpentine and charcoal, narrow gauge forest trains). All the nature-related issues are divided into thematic blocks with the use of realistic pictures presenting animals, mushrooms and plants in their natural environments. A number of means of expression were used during design of the said pictures: scenic light, sounds (including natural sounds of birds and large mammals), large format coloured photographs, mock-up models. Computers equipped with touch screens (so-called multimedia stands) were installed on two exposition levels with the total area of 1500 m2, providing rapid and simplified access to additional information, supplementing information provided by the tour guide. Museum is prepared also to meet the needs of handicapped people. People on wheelchairs can visit the exhibition without any problems. They can also move between the building levels thanks to a platform and a lift, which were installed in the building especially for this purpose. The blind are allowed to examine selected exhibits using the sense of touch, though exclusively after a prior curator's consent.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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ul. park Palacowy 11 | Bialowieza National Park, Bialowieza 17-230, Poland
+48 85 682 97 11
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

This museum is very nice and you can see many displays with animals, birds and insects from Bialowieza forest. The exposition is quite extensive and it will take around one hour and a half. Each person gets an electronic guide and listens to the description...More

Thank Gina K
Reviewed 26 June 2017

The displays are impressive but you are admitted in groups and have to move round at the speed of the group, which may well include impatient children and/or adults. This means the display will switch off before you have time to study it, and you...More

Thank HTin
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Not a whole lot of signage to the museum but not too difficult to find. Nice building, and well laid out but seems like the only way you can do it is with scheduled entry times and audio guides. Very informative, with a lot of...More

Thank HomelessSu
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Most of installations were very interesting and informative, but in some cases I couldn't recognize animals presented and was a bit confused. There is no opportunity to stop longer at a particular installation because lights are switched off and the next part is showed. However...More

Thank Tomasz U
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Price is welcoming, only 30 zloty for 2 persons (around 7,5€), but you get an audio guide in English. It might seem like "oh, I know what a forest is, I know what animals live in it!", but still I enjoyed it, even more so...More

Thank Anitra L
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Ok, it's a little tacky and I don't like the stuffed animals but if you can get beyond that, the information is actually quite useful. Twenty six informative displays all explained on a headphone set. Who knew what Poland's only venomous animal was? Go here...More

Thank Dom682014
Reviewed 27 June 2016

It is a very nice, modern museum about nature. Visit in this museum will give you good knowledge and prepare you for visit in 'The Strict Nature Reserve' of Bialowieża forest. In the museum you will see different scenes from life of the forest, explaining...More

Thank Michal M
Reviewed 15 May 2016

well organized museum with some beautiful and interesting displays, good audiotour in several languages available

Thank werdlerswereld
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Interesting, nice and worth visiting! The audio-guide doesn't work properly (the headphones are broken down). There's no synchronization between what you hear and what you see (the light on each scene lights up too late in comparison to what you hear).

Thank KNowak2014
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

Really a great way to learn more about the forest and its inhabitants. They provide an audio tour which guides you through several subjects, varying from the soil and the trees, to the animals and the influence of mankind, all combined with beautiful displays.

Thank Tessa E
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