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    Historic Gdańsk Crane Restored and Opened to Tourists

    Gdańsk’s historic crane (Żuraw) reopens after extensive renovations, offering visitors a glimpse into the city’s maritime past.

    Gdańsk’s renowned landmark, the historic crane known as the Żuraw, has reopened to tourists after extensive renovations. The comprehensive restoration, costing over 21 million PLN, encompassed both the facade and interior modernization of the Żuraw, marking the first major overhaul since its reconstruction after World War II.

    A Maritime Museum Branch
    Dating back to the 15th century, the Żuraw served as a port crane and stands as a symbol of Gdańsk’s rich maritime history. The renovation project, funded by the European Economic Area grants and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, transformed the crane into a branch of the National Maritime Museum.

    Project Details
    The restoration project included conservation of brick walls, repair of roofing and wooden structures, and reconfiguration of interior spaces. Visitors can now explore exhibition halls in both towers, showcasing historical mechanisms and offering panoramic views of the city and port from a newly created observation platform.

    Educational Initiatives
    The museum’s permanent exhibition portrays the city’s maritime life during its heyday and its trade connections with European merchants. Additionally, cultural and educational programs, as well as collaborations with Norwegian partners, enrich the visitor experience.

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