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The Fryderyk Chopin Museum is the largest collection of Chopin-related items in the world (over 7000 objects) and one of the largest biographical museums (the display area covers four and a half floors of Ostrogski Palace). It is certainly well worth a visit. Besides the regular temporary exhibitions (until 23 June, we invite you to an exhibition of highly valuable Chopin portraits, entitled ‘An exceptional physiognomy’, and a cycle of audio-visual installations, ‘Six-Line Stave’), we offer a range of educational activities, meetings, workshops, museum lessons, concerts, lectures and talks, many free of charge. We talk about the life and work of Fryderyk Chopin and the culture and history of the nineteenth century. We also organise concerts by talented pianists and encounters with the authors of books we have published, as well as interesting activities and workshops for adults, youngsters and children:

1) Every Tuesday and Saturday, twice daily (at 12 noon and 5 p.m.), we invite you to our Gallery Talks – lectures given by specialists in various fields in a semi-formal atmosphere, organised in the display area. This is a perfect opportunity for the systematic acquisition of knowledge. Tuesdays are free at the FCM, so we would urge you to visit us regularly. We talk about the collection’s history, selected objects, Chopin’s life and work, and the archiving, storing and conserving of items; we also show visitors around the temporary exhibitions.

2) The best way to get to know nineteenth-century music (not just by  Fryderyk Chopin) is contact with live music. We warmly invite you to a  cycle of concerts entitled Young Talents. Every Thursday, at 6 p.m., in the FCM’s beautiful Concert Hall, we organise free, hour-long piano recitals.

3) We invite al. schoolchildren to our very interesting museum lessons. We offer lessons at al. levels: pre-school, primary and secondary. We talk about Fryderyk Chopin’s education and training, his everyday life, free time, work in Warsaw and Paris, travels, friends, pianos, first loves, work as a teacher and a pianist, manuscripts and creative process. We also show how the museum works and how exhibitions are designed. The lessons take place from Tuesday to Friday, between 9 and 11 a.m. Detailed information about the programme and help with choosing lesson subjects can be obtained by telephone on 22 44 16 263; bookings on 22 44 16 251. We warmly invite you all!

4) On weekends, in the early afternoon, we invite families with children to the Museum for ‘Saturdays with music, Sundays with art’. Children aged 3–6 are invited from 12 noon to 1.30 p.m., children aged 7–10 from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. During those times, adults pay discount prices for tickets, and children under 11 have free entry. Information on the activities can be obtained by telephone on 22 44 16 263; bookings on 22 44 16 251 and at edukacja@chopin.museum.

5) We also offer a programme for teachers, guides and organisers of cultural events. During our meetings, we outline the main principles behind the FCM’s innovative display, put forward ideas for interesting activities relating to the life and work of Fryderyk Chopin (or some other composer) and also propose materials that are worth using when writing a scenario for lessons. These gatherings take place once a month. Entry is free, but please book in advance. Information by telephone on 22 44 16 251 and 263. We want to inspire you. A warm welcome to all!

6) In addition, we organise inspirational meetings with authors of books we have published. Our portfolio contains books for beginners and experts alike, books for children and young adults, audiobooks, radio plays, albums, biographies based on the latest research, conference books and also belles-lettres. All our publications can be purchased via our website: www.sklep.nifc.pl.

We invite you to follow us on Facebook (Fryderyk Chopin Institute and Fryderyk Chopin Museum), where we publish the most up-to-date information every day.

7) A reminder that on 25–26 April, the third edition of our All-Poland Competition of Knowledge about Fryderyk Chopin takes place. Entries can be submitted up to 16 April at www.chopin.nifc.pl/edukacja. The age-groups are 12 and under and 13–17. Have a go – it’s well worth it!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries!