The events accompanying the inauguration of the permanent exhibition and the exposition itself in the days of September 17—19 caught 2,000 guests, who were supported by 101 volunteers. Today, the museum is visited by interested people from all over the country. Many of them bring their families’ souvenirs, which they want to give to the museum’s collection.
The Sybir Memorial Museum is visited by both school trips from Bialystok and its vicinity, as well as organized groups and individual tourists from all over the country. Among them there were many people interested in the subject of Sybir and exile also because of their families’ history. “We wanted to take the opportunity of coming to Poland to see the Sybir Memorial Museum.” — said on September 15, Friday Mrs. Jolanta from Lublin. After seeing the exhibition, the memories became alive: “It reminded me about my grandmother’s stories. Her brother was deported. He did not menage to get to the Anders’ Army.”
After seeing the permanent exhibition, the visitors emphasize the modern means and the strong emotional experiences that accompany the visit: “This is a very good exhibition, helping to focus, listen, and reflect,” said Anna from Lublin. “It will appeal especially to young people,” she said.
The members of the team and the coaching team of Jagiellonia Bialystok, who visited the Sybir Memorial Museum in early October, were also very impressed. “It helps to appreciate every moment, the times we live in,” said the team’s captain, Taras Romańczuk, after visiting the exhibition. Jagiellonia’s coach, Ireneusz Mamrot, echoed him: “The impression is not great, but enormous.” — he admitted.
The Sybir Memorial Museum invites you to the permanent exhibition from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturdays, the exhibition can be visited between 12:30 p.m. and 08:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online and at the ticket office or the machine at the Museum’s premises. Tuesday is a day of free sightseeing for individuals. A list of the guides certified by the institution is available on the Museum’s website.
The museum cares about the accessibility for people with disabilities. It is equipped with, among others into induction loops for people with hearing diabilities (both at the ticket office and at the exhibition) or three-dimensional models of exhibits for people with visual disabilities. There are walkers and wheelchairs waiting for people with reduced mobility. Guests in need of silence can take advantage of the specially prepared room for them.
A visit to the Sybir Memorial Museum can be combined with shopping in the museum shop with numerous publications. Guests can also visit the Mozaika restaurant, offering traditional borderland cuisine with a modern twist.