Solidarity Museum is located in the place where formerly was shipyard in Gdansk. The Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk is a part of the city’s modern history. Right here in 1980, the first free trade union behind the iron cutain was born. Lech Walesa and his associates began a strike in August 1980 and changed the world’s history.
I was born in Gdansk in 1978. I was to young to remember August 1980 and strikes in Lenin Shipyard. But I have experienced what was happening in Gdansk during martial law in 1981-1983 and during strikes in 1988. The background of my childhood was the end of communism and rise of democracy in Poland.
Solidarity Museum building is covered by Weathering steel or COR-TEN steel. It looks very indurstial but inside you will find winter garden with olive trees which are symbolising peace.