The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland is also called PKiN, an acronym for it's Polish name, Palac Kultury I Nauki. The high-rise building is the center for cultural and scientific events and is home to many museums, public institutions, and entertainment companies.
PKiN was built in 1955 by Lev Rudnev, its architecture inspired by American Art Deco and Polish Historicism. Rudnev designed PKiN in what Is known as the seven sisters style and PKiN is often referred to as the eighth sister. The design mixes contemporary Russian skyscrapers mixed with historic Polish masonry techniques.
The Palace is the one of the tallest building in the world and the tallest in Poland reaching 778 feet tall. The Palace features a spire that is 141 feet tall. When the Palace was built, it was dedicated to Joseph Stalin. After destalinization took place in Poland, the dedication was revoked. The Palace still serves its original purpose though as a gift to the people of Poland from the Soviet Union to celebrate arts and science.
Today, PKiN serves as Warsaw's most notable landmark and is used as an exhibition center with many different used including a swimming pool, museums, offices, theaters, cinema, auditorium with seating for 3,000, and even an Accredited University. One of the most famous events to be hosted by PKiN was the Miss World 2006 pageant.
One of the most notable aspects of The Palace incudes it's recently updated lighting scheme. In 2010, the building was illuminated through modern LED lighting techniques so that PKiN could change colors at night. These lights have been used to celebrate holidays and stand in solidarity with national and world events.
Things to Do in PKiN
The Palace of Culture and Science, PKiN, is home to more than a dozen companies that offer experiences related to the arts, culture, and science. Each of these companies that are housed within the palace have their own hours of operation and policies.
Drama Theater- Officially the Dramatic Theater of the Capital City of Warsaw, this theater is a combination of the Theater Dramatyczny and Na Woli Theater as of January 1, 2013. Some of the most important performances in Polish history of theater were put on in this theater during the 1950s and 1960s.
Studio Theater- This democratic and open theater that focuses on the conscious artist and set design. The Studio Gallery invites artists to be inventive and use avant-garde traditions in their creation. Stage designs will incorporate exhibitions, music, and plays.
Lalka Theater- A children's theater that frequently incorporates dolls and puppetry into performances.
Theater 6th Floor- The theater located on the PKiN 6th floor was a brand-new addition to the Palace in 2009 with opening in 2010 of Play it Again Sam. This theater is known for contemporary theater than gives relevant interpretations of traditional literature.
National Museum of Technology- This museum focuses on engineering and technology history, particularly in Poland.
Museum of the Evolution of the Institute of Paleobiology- This museum is in conjunction with the Polish Academy of Sciences and seeks to educate visitors on earth's biological history. The museum offers permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programs, and several different types of workshops for adults and children.
Museum of Warsaw- This museum is dedicated to the history of Warsaw, Poland. A Cinema, Bookstore and café are also located inside.
Museum of Dollhouses- As the name suggests, this museum highlights dollhouses. Other toy exhibitions are also available to be seen.
Kinoteka Multiplex- This large, modern cinema features 8 screens that show the latest blockbuster movies as well as film festival awards winning films and documentaries.
Collegium Civitas- The 12th floor of The Palace is home to Collegium Civitas, a university that specialize in after schooling recruitment to employers. Courses are offered in Polish and English. Bachelor's, master's, and Postgrad degrees are offered in Journalism and new media, management and marketing, sociology, security and information analysis, international diplomacy, and psychology.
Wszechnica Polish University in Warsaw- This university offers courses in many world languages such as English, French, German, Spanish, and Russian. Degrees in Finance, accounting, education, and public health can also be obtained into the post graduate level.
Akademia Fotografii- Photography is taught that the Academy of Photography at PKiN.
Higher School of Promotion Media and Show Business in Warsaw- This college prepares students for careers in Polish Media and broadcasting.
Sulewscy Dance Academy- A school of dance specializing in traditional ballroom dancing for all ages. Students learn salsa, waltz, tango, and more.
Warsaw Dance Department- A dance academy that showcases contemporary dance.
Youth Palace- A children's school for the arts and sciences. Classes and workshops offered in reading, IT, science, language, model making, acrobatics, gymnastics, sport, photography, fine arts, decorative arts, theater and dance, swimming, and environmental sciences.
Exhibition Napoleon Bonaparte- The largest collection of artifacts relating to Napoleon Bonaparte is on world exhibit at The Palace. The items displayed in the exhibition are on loan from Fondation Napoleon and a Paris Museum.
The Viewing Deck- The thirtieth floor of the Palace features a viewing deck with panoramic views of Warsaw. Visitors can often see the Peregrine falcons taking flight from the spire where their nests are. The 15th floor is home to many kestrels.
Shopping and Dining
There is a shopping arcade located inside the lobby of PKiN that includes the Post Office and many retail stores. Several restaurants, bars, and café are located inside of The Palace of Culture and Science ranging from coffee shops to bistros and late-night clubs.
Plac Defilad 1, 00-901 Warsaw, Poland, Phone: +48-2-26-56-76-00
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