Westerplatte, the place where World War II started, is home to a cemetary for Polish soldiers fallen in 1939, the remains of guardpost nr 1, the ruins of the barracks and guardpost nr 3, as well as the monument of the Defenders of the Coast.
Guardpost nr 1, the one remaining military object of the Army Transit Unit on Westerplatte to survive the 1939 military action. It is a 7 m2 building made of reinforced concrete during 1933-34. On 29 June 1974 the guardhouse saw the opening of a House of National Rememberence, and on 2 January 1980, the ministery of culture and art transformed it into a department of the History Museum of Gdansk.
The exhibition in the guardpost is a reconstruction of how it looked in September 1939. In the corridor are seven bronze plaques symbolising the seven days of bitter struggle endured by the defenders of Westerplatte. Photos and maps show the life and times of the penninsula and the Army Transit Unit. In the main room there is a relief model showing the battle of the 1 September 1939 as well as displays of photographs, weapons and equipment used by the Polish Army in 1939. In front of the guardpost are two original missiles shot from the warship Schlezwig-Holstein, each weighing 330 kg, and inside there is a 1:100 scale model of the ship.
The History Museum of Gdansk aims to expand the exhibition, however this is difficult due to the spacial confines of the guardpost. Therefore, the museum is concentrating its efforts on adding to the open air exhibitions connected with the life of the Army Transit Unit on Westerplatte. Every 1 September, to mark the outbreak of the Second World War, the guardpost is open at 4 am, while on the anniversary of opening of the first military guardpost WST Westerplatte(18 January 1926), there is a symbolic changing of the guard.
(on the last day of the season 28 October 2008, open till 14.00)
Monday-Sunday: 9.00 - 16.00
- 3 zl - Full price
- 2 zl - Concessions
For more information, contact:tel: + 48 58 343 69 74 (in season) or + 48 58 76 79 100 (out of season)
To get there by bus: take the number 106 or 158
See also: How the penninsula was developed as well as lines of defense in 1939.