Collect, Preserve & Promote
The Museum Collections
The Museum is run by a Curator assisted by approximately 20 volunteers and contains thousands of exhibits of various kinds. Its collections are continually growing and include, inter alia: silver, porcelain (including Meissen), paintings and drawings that represent artists such as – Artur Horowicz, Angelica Kauffman, Wojciech Kossak, Jan Matejko, Felik Topolski etc.), prints, posters, atlases, maps, regimental colours, flags (including the Polish National Flag that was hoisted above Monte Cassino), pennants, arms and armour, coins, commemorative/historical medals, stamps, uniforms (including General Sikorski’s uniform which was recovered from the sea after the Gibraltar plane crash), head gear, orders, decorations and medals (including Battle of Britain Pilots Groups), regimental and commemorative badges, diplomas, memorabilia of various sorts, etc.
There is an on-going conservation program and exhibitions are organised regularly. If you have any memorabilia that need a new home, please consider donating them to the Museum.
Visits to the Museum
We welcome visits from the public as well as schools, organizations etc. All visitors will be allocated a guide, who has extensive knowledge of the collections.
No appointments are required for individual/family visits but, if the planned visit is from a larger group such as an organization, school or youth group, we ask that you phone to let us know, at least a month in advance.
Museum Opening Times
Entry – free of charge
Tuesday to Friday: 14.00 – 16.00 (last entry 15.00)
The first Saturday of the month: 10.30 – 16.00 (last entry 15.00)
Flags, Regimental Colours
The Museum became the depository for the colours and standards of many Polish military units, some dating back from before 1939 and others that belonged to the Polish Armed Forces during World War II. These, with other military flags and pennants, as well as the standards of post-war Polish organisations in the United Kingdom, contribute to form a a fascinating perspective on Polish history in the 20th Century.
The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum is a registered charity (no. 312168) and other than funds that we generate through our activities, we are totally reliant on membership, donations and legacies to enable us to carry on with our work.