Chopin Muzeum, Ostrogski Palace

Micolaj Chopin's Salon

The Chopin Muzeum is the result of an international competition for the ideation and realization of the new permanent exhibition design of the Museum. Held under the patronage of the Minister of Culture Bogdan Zdrojewski and National Heritage, the Italian firm Migliore+Servetto Studio competed against 32 international firms to win the permanent exhibition project in 2008.

The project is developed like an ‘open museum’ made of different theme paths that visitors may choose to follow. The visitor may freely explore the creative itinerary of Chopin as composer and pianist, at the same time learning about important places and events which characterized his life.

The project dialogues with, and takes inspiration from, the exhibition rooms of the Ostrogski Palace, in order to underscore the peculiarities of the individual rooms without altering their image and historical value.

The project itself, although it confers with the architectural and structural elements of the Palace, goes along with the creative development of the contents defining multilayer and multimodal messages, addressed to different members of the audience/public. Taking into account the rules and limits of perception, new media was employed in a way to current best practice.

The need to exhibit different thematic areas with clarity and immediacy determined the development of different exhibition structures which comprise a system of emotional landscapes and soundscapes capable of capturing the attention and curiosity of visitors by stimulating their senses.



The interactive multimedia systems have been designed to enable visitors to study the contents of different rooms in depth, thus allowing them to choose how and when to read them. This permits the connection between music, objects and information.

The proximity sensor system (ultra-red or ultrasound) activates not only screens but scenarios. Timed systems of light, audio and video are revealed to visitors thereby opening the view of an original score, a Chopin’s piano along with dynamic projections or interactive maps.

The use of RFID technology allows customization of audio-visual content which are set on four levels: basic, advanced, for children and for the visually impaired. Each level is presented in eight languages.

An omnipresent ‘soundscape’ which is based on its own scenario is present.


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