Westerplatte is one of the most significant places in the world's modern history. On September 1st , 1939 the Polish soldiers from The Military Transit Depot at Westerplatte fought in an unequal battle against the attacking German infantry aided by heavy fire form Schleswig-Holstein battleship. That day marked the outbreak of the bloodiest conflict in world history – World War II. The bravery of the defenders went down in history and Westerplatte has become a symbol – a symbol of freedom, independence, and self-determination; the memorial of reconciliation and universal values of valour, honour, and perseverance.
The Museum will focus on the following areas:
- The history of Westerplatte between 1918-1939, from the Treaty of Versailles to the outbreak of WWII;
- The stories of the defenders of Westerplatte during the siege of 1-7 September 1939, during their stay in German POW camps, and in post-war communist period. Their stories will be retold with photographs and memoirs in the permanent exhibition;
- Exhibition of ordnance, military supplies, weapons, heavy armour, uniforms, personal belongings, and documents relating to the Polish Army of 1919-1939; this exhibition will open in 2019 in one of the renovated historical buildings of MTD
- the history of Westerplatte in a broader geo-political European context up to 1939 and its post-war story and significance;
- Archeological research and excavations to unearth whatever artefacts still remain buried in the sands of Westerplatte (XVIIIth cent. to XXth cent.)
- Cultural and education workshops for schools and younger chidren, competitions and contests promoting active touring and experiential knowledge of history. Activities for senior citizens and the disabled or visually impaired tourists. Real, historical exhibits and modern methods wil create an unforgettable museum experience;
- Scientific and popular publications on Westerplatte's history, Polish Army 1919-1939, and books for children.
- Restoration of historical buildings and revitalization of existing infrastructure and designing a brand-new education path for Westerplatte to give credit to its long and tempestuous history;
Overall, Westerplatte Museum has been designed to become a blend between a traditional museum with exciting exhibits and a narrative-outdoor museum where tourists will experience open-air history lessons.