Night of Museums on May 18

We invite to the Night of Museums on May 18’

from 18.00 to 01.00 to the MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE (Library and Information Center, ground floor and first floor)

street Żwirki i Wigury 63.


The Museum of the History of Medicine of the Medical University of Warsaw is once again participating in one of the most important museum and cultural events of 2024.

This time, the main issue we want to present is the human brain, which arouses great interest and is the subject of scientific research.

During the event titled “Secrets of the Brain”, we will reveal a glimpse of the vast knowledge about the brain. There will be an opportunity to see, among other things, an exhibition dedicated to Jerzy Choróbski, an important figure in Polish science and the founder of Polish neurosurgery.

The program will also include lectures by MUW experts.

Specialists from the Department of Psychology of the Medical University of Warsaw will conduct special educational workshops that will help our participants discover their predispositions and abilities.

The exhibition will be complemented by health prevention workshops conducted by students who will present popular science issues in their field, including: with pain relief.

Moreover, as part of the popularization of health-related issues, workshops for IFMSA students will be organized

We will also make available the modern space of the “Anatomical Theater” for everyone who wants to “Learn the secrets of the brain”.

ATTENTION: There will be a competition for those interested during the Night of Museums.

Regulations and questions will be available in the museum room on May 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

You can win 10 museum T-shirts and 10 museum mugs.



  • Temporary exhibitions:

“Professor Jerzy Choróbski – creator of the first Neurosurgery Clinic in Poland”

“Secrets of the Brain”

“The Pharmacist’s Library”

“History of the Faculty of Pharmacy”

“History of the Faculty of Dentistry”

“Anatomical Theater”

“Vita Brevis Ars Longa” – 1st floor


  • Lectures:

– 19.00 – “Trepanation – a short history of neurosurgery” – Professor Bogdan Ciszek

-20.00 – “How to improve brain function and memory” – MD, PhD Stanisław Szlufik

– 21. 00 – “…from a bottle of ether to complicated equipment. That is, with anesthesiology for almost two centuries” – MD, PhD Maria Turos

-22.00 – “Recipe for a happy brain” – MA, PhD Magdalena Łazarewicz


  • Educational workshops:

“Mental health prevention” Specialists of the Psychology Study Center of the Medical University of Warsaw – games, quizzes and tests that will help you discover what natural abilities and predispositions your mind has.

“Get to know the human brain” – anatomy lessons conducted by students of the Medical University of Warsaw

  • Stands:

“Practical pharmacy” – the effects of painkillers – students from the Polish Society of Pharmacy Students PTSF

“Dental prevention” – dentist without pain – free dental check-up carried out by students of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and PTSS.

“Health under control” – IFMSA students – blood sugar level testing, blood pressure measurement, body composition and weight measurement, spirometry, laparoscopic surgery trainer, DKMS bone marrow donor registration.

The literary passions of Dr. Janusz Korczak

We invite you to the museum lecture by Dr. Marta Moldovan-Cywińska “Towards goodness – the literary passions of Dr. Janusz Korczak”, which will take place on February 22 at 5 p.m. in room no. 30 in the Library and Information Center of the Medical University of Warsaw (ul. Żwirki i Wigury 63) . The lecture will also be available online on Zoom

Meeting ID: 849 3695 7144

Access code: 594619

Marta Moldovan-Cywińska – Ph.D. in humanities, literary scholar, romanist, polonist, poet, writer, translator of French literature and Italian prose, author of thirty-odd books – some of them in French. Passionate about foreign language methodology and teaching, she has been creating unconventional methods and putting them into practice for many years. Author of exhibitions – poetry props (including “My Brittany”, “Finistère, the end of the world”). Honored with her own oak tree in the Forest of a Thousand Poets in France. Lecturer of French and Polish as a foreign language at the Medical University of Warsaw.

Dr. Marta Moldovan-Cywińska will talk about Dr. Janusz Korczak primarily as a great doctor, educator, educator, educational philosopher, writer and pioneer of activities for the rights of the human child. It will recall fragments of his professional and creative life and recall pages of his diary from his literary and educational activities. The bond of her speech about such an eminent figure is goodness as a value. “The spirit longs in the tight cage of the body. People feel and consider death in terms of the end, but it is only a continuation of life, another life,” he wrote. “I am not here to be loved and admired, but so that I can act and love. It is not the duty of those around me to help me, but I have the duty to take care of the world, of people.”

Echoes of Ancient Times

January 25, 2024 at 5 p.m in the museum room on the ground floor of the Library and Information Center at ul. Żwirki i Wigury 63 lecture by prof. Dr. hab. Adam Łukaszewicz “Echoes of Ancient Times. Hippocrates, his oath and ancient medicine. The lecture concerned selected aspects of the legacy of the most famous representative of ancient medical art. Comment on one from Hippocrates’ aphorisms and his famous oath will be accompanied by comments on medicine and doctors in ancient times.

Prof. Ph.D. Adam Łukaszewicz works at the Department of Epigraphy and Papyrology at the Faculty of Archeology of the University of Warsaw. He is an archaeologist and historian, a researcher of ancient Egypt and the Hellenistic-Roman world. He is also a member of the Warsaw community of classical philologists. Associated with the Center of Mediterranean Archeology of the University of Warsaw, he has been participating in Polish research in Alexandria for many years. He led Polish archaeological expeditions in Egypt, compiles and comments on ancient texts, including inscriptions, papyri and ostraca. He gained extensive experience in cooperation at the international forum with various research centers around the world. It is, among others, member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, honorary member of the Association of Historians of Ancient History, member of the Committees and Commissions of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Polish Academy of Sciences, to scientific societies and creative associations. He is the author of over 250 scientific publications in various languages, including several books.


After the lecture, there was a lute concert of the “Luteduo” band composed of Anna Kowalska and Anton Birula.

Long Night of Museums 2023 at the WUM Museum of the History of Medicine

“Discover the Enigmas of the Dentist’s and Pharmacist’s Workshop”

On the evening of 13th May 2023, the WUM Museum of the History of Medicine hosted the Long Night of Museums, which commenced at 7 p.m. and concluded at 1 a.m.

Numerous visitors got a chance to explore temporary and permanent exhibitions:


  1. “Vita Brevis Ars Longa”
  2. “200 Years of Medical Education in Warsaw”
  3. The History of the Faculty of Pharmacy
  4. The History of the Faculty of Dentistry
  5. The History of Transplantation Medicine in Poland
  6. The mesmerizing “Anatomical Theatre” – a multimedia show featuring cutting-edge 3D technology, expertly curated with the invaluable contribution of WUM students.

Among most popular activities were the following workshops.

The “Dental Prevention” workshop, organized in collaboration with the Polish Dental Students’ Society (PTSS), featured the following informative activities:

(a) An educational stand hosted by the Polish Dental Students’ Society, which provided guidance on proper tooth brushing techniques.
(b) A free dental check-up administered by students from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
(c) An interactive stand titled “Drilling in Teeth – Yesterday and Today,” which offered insights into the evolution of dental techniques.

Additionally, the “Practical Pharmacy” workshop, facilitated by the Polish Society of Pharmacy Students (PTSF), offered visitors the opportunity to:

  • Create their own ointments or creams.
  • Observe various specimens through microscopes, including parasites and botanical samples.
  • Participate in a board game centred around pharmaceutical care.

The “Health under Control” stands, hosted by IFMSA students, provided a range of activities, such as:

  • Registration as potential donors for bone marrow and blood stem cells in the DKMS database.
  • Sugar level testing and blood pressure measurement.
  • Assessment of body composition and weight.
  • Spirometry sessions
  • Hands-on training with laparoscopic surgery equipment.

Furthermore, the Poltransplant expert stand titled “Transplantations” offered insights in the field of organ transplantation.

Throughout the Long Night of Museums, visitors were could take part in lectures by esteemed professionals, including:

  • “Wisdom Tooth” by Dr. Marcin Aluchna.
  • “The Beginnings of Pharmacy Education in Warsaw, 1809-1879” by Dr. Maria Turos.
  • “Facts and Myths about Marrow Donation” by Poltransplant representative, Klaudia Nestorowicz-Kałużna.
  • “About Organ Transplantation” by Teresa Danek.

Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to win museum t-shirts and mugs.

Vita Brevis Ars Longa


Dear all, ladies and gentlemen,

The Museum of the History of Medicine at the Medical University of Warsaw extends a warm invitation to the opening of the exhibition titled: “VITA BREVIS ARS LONGA…” The event will take place on 12th December (Monday) at 10 a.m. in the Library and Information Centre, specifically in the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery on the first floor.

This exhibition focuses on the pinnacle of ancient Greek medicine. At its heart lies Hippocrates and his enduring legacy, alongside the ancient gods of Greek medicine. The exhibition’s title, “VITA BREVIS ARS LONGA…,” is the Latin rendition of Hippocrates’ maxim, which translates to “Life is short, art is long…” This saying emphasises that a single lifetime is insufficient to master the art of medicine, requiring the collective efforts of many generations.

We look forward to your presence at the opening of this exhibition, where you can delve into the rich world of ancient Greek medicine.


Picture of Days

The Museum of the History of Medicine at the Medical University of Warsaw cordially invites you to an exhibition of paintings by Wanda Piskorska titled “Picture of Days.

Wanda Piskorska, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, skilfully explores the challenging theme of the traumatic experience of a pandemic in her presented artworks. The series “Picture of Days” was created as part of the Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The exhibition is curated by Monika Klimowska.

You can visit the exhibition from 19th October 2022 to 9th January 2023 at the Museum, located at 63 Żwirki i Wigury Street, 02-091 Warsaw. The exhibition is open from 9:00 to 16:00, and admission is free.

Anatomical Warm-up


The inaugural edition of the “Anatomical Warm-up” for first-year students at WUM took place at the Museum on the 14th of June 2022, from 14:00 to 22:30. Organized by students from the Ars Medica organization in collaboration with Museum staff, this event offered a comprehensive revision session before the Anatomy exams. Six stands were set up, featuring models from various sections, including head and neck, osteology and limbs, abdominal cavity, and thoracic cavity. A highlight of the event was the course on radiological “pins,” (a colloquial name for anatomical examinations where object in question are marked with pins). Anatomical models were generously provided by the Museum, the WUM Library, and the WUM Department of Normal and Clinical Anatomy. The substantive supervision of the “Anatomical Warm-up” was led by Dr. Mikołaj Sługocki.

Long Night of Museums at the 21st Century Anatomical Theatre


Ladies and Gentlemen, this Saturday, 14th May, from 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., we extend a warm invitation to join us for the Long Night of Museums at the WUM Museum of the History of Medicine. This event offers a unique opportunity to explore a modern museum and educational space while delving into the mysteries of the human body at the “Anatomical Theatre of the 21st Century.” Continuing the traditions of European anatomical theatres, this arrangement promises an enlightening experience.

During the Long Night of Museums, we have an exciting line-up of activities and presentations. One of the highlights is a captivating 3D multimedia show accompanied by an anatomy lesson conducted by WUM ArsMedica students. We will also feature a film titled “Milestones,” which delves into the captivating history of anatomy.

In addition to these main attractions, we are delighted to offer the following:


  1. “Anatomy Lesson” – A multimedia show utilizing advanced 3D technology.
  2. “Spontaneous Rescue” – A first aid workshop covering wound dressing and CPR. Hosted by students from IFMSA-Poland Warsaw Branch.


  • “Health under Control” (Operated by students from IFMSA-Poland Warsaw Branch)
  • Activities related to healthy nutrition, blood pressure and sugar measurement, DKMS registration, and cancer prevention self-monitoring.


  • 20:30: Dr Hanna Pliszka will deliver a lecture on “Anatomy and Pathology in Paintings from the Collection of the Pinacoteca of Milan.” Dr Pliszka, an anthropologist at the Department of Normal and Clinical Anatomy at the Medical University of Warsaw, specializes in human biology, anatomy, and paleopathology. Through her studies of human remains, she unravels mysteries from the past.
  • 21:30: Aleksandra Hyży will present on “Food and Health through the Ages – What Was on Our Plates.” Aleksandra Hyży is a dietitian and a PhD student at the Department of Education and Research in Health Sciences, WUM. She is currently completing an additional Master’s degree in Public Health. Her primary research interests revolve around health education, health promotion, and communication.

Join us for an engaging and informative Long Night of Museums as we delve into the fascinating world of human anatomy and its historical significance.

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY MUSEUMS “Academic heritage for the future of science” 26-29 April 2022, Warsaw


The International Scientific Conference of the Association of University Museums, titled “Academic heritage for the future of science,” took place in Warsaw between 26th and 29th April 2022. Our Museum was privileged to participate in this prestigious event. On Wednesday 27th April, Grażyna Jermakowicz, the Museum Director, delivered a speech on anatomy lessons in the Anatomical Theatre of the 21st Century. On Friday 29th April, our Museum had the honour of welcoming esteemed representatives from university museums in Poland and abroad. This distinguished group included key European heritage and academic museum organizations such as UMAC ICOM (International Council of Museums Committee for University Museums and Collections) and UNIVERSEUM (European Academic Heritage Network). Our guests had the opportunity to explore our permanent and temporary exhibitions. Additionally, first- and second-year students from the Faculty of Medicine at WUM presented on the multimedia lessons conducted in the 21st-century Anatomical Theatre and the growing collaboration between students and the Museum of the History of Medicine.

200 years of the Warsaw Medical Association


Dear Sirs and Madams, we are pleased to inform you that the 200th anniversary celebration of the uninterrupted activity of the Warsaw Medical Association will be held on the 6th December at 13.00 at the WUM Didactic Centre.

The Warsaw Medical Association begins its celebrations with an exhibition of portraits of Warsaw doctors – members and friends of the Warsaw Medical Association – contemporary representatives of our great academic community. The creator of the portraits on display is the painter, artist Tytus Byczkowski, and the exhibition is co-organised by our Museum.

Established on 6th of December 1820 at the initiative of a group of professors from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Warsaw, the Warsaw Medical Association pursued its chief motto – “To Serve the People and the Homeland” – throughout the next 200 most difficult years of Poland’s history, preserving and developing the most beautiful traditions and best models of medical behaviour.