The Little Folk Museum at Kowalski

The Little Folk Museum at Kowalski
Małe Muzeum Ludowe u Kowalskich, Marcinowo 2, 55-100 Trzebnica
Tel. (48) 71 387 01 09, Mobile tel. (48) 606 467 843, Email: \

The history of the museum

Marian Kowalski was born in 1938 in Warsaw. Because of the war, he and his family stayed in a village in the Kurpian region (in northern Mazowsze), where as a boy he became part of the life, work and culture of the countryside. After 1945 he lived in the village of Marcinowo near Trzebnica. Around the farms he found old furniture: furniture, tubs and utensils. Over time, the residents of the area, which housed many repatriated Poles, returning emigrants and newcomers, grew together into a uniform Lower Reschlesian population. Kowalski witnessed many changes, various technical-civilizational improvements that led to the disappearance of traditional tools and equipment; in this situation he had a strong desire to preserve such elements of applied arts and popular culture for posterity. He spent all his free time finding and collecting items that no longer needed, but were silent witnesses of a bygone era.

The Little Folk Museum at Kowalski in Marcinowo. – Photo belongs to the museum

Permanent exhibitions

For nearly half a century, Marian Kowalski has meticulously collected and restored around 2,000 items that are presented to audiences in a number of spaces called chambers. In these rooms are old furniture, clocks, suitcases, folk costumes, strollers, dolls, irons, oil lamps, household appliances of all kinds etc. Marian Kowalski knows the story behind each of the objects that are here, and is happy to tell it while guests enjoy a slice of country bread with fat. The museum is still expanding, as new museum items are being acquired all the time. Recently, a new section of the museum has been created, called the House of Bread. The starting point for the collections here was a stone mortar, which is approx. 2000 years old and dates from the Sorbian cultural period. This mortar became an inspiration for Kowalski to build the House of Bread. finds the kitchen room, which is equipped with everything that the housewife has used throughout the ages, such as cutlery, dishes, pans, pans of tin and iron, etc. For their guests, the married couple Kowalski serves bread baked in an old bread oven, as well as the specialty of the kitchen : żurek (soup) according to Kurpian tradition. Next to the House of Bread is the smithy, where Kowalski during the tour forges iron. The Craft Chamber contains all kinds of equipment that was used in the countryside: agricultural machinery, old harrows, plows, chopping machines, semen cleaners, an old treadmill, a hundred-year-old sledge, horse-drawn carriages for field and passenger transport, flax-working machines and old carriage wheels. The visitors can see everything about riding and horse-paddling in the Forecourt Chamber. At the fireplace, Marian Kowalski presents her sculptures.

The Little Folk Museum at Kowalski in Marcinowo. – Photo belongs to the museum
The museum's owners are Aleksandra and Marian Kowalski, and it is open every day.

The Little Folk Museum at Kowalski in Marcinowo. – Photo belongs to the museum

folk Group “Marciny”

Kapela Ludowa “Marciny”, Marcinowo 2, 55-100 Trzebnica
Tel. (48) 71 387 01 09, Mobile tel. (48) 606 467 843, Email:

The music and singing group “Marciny” originated in 1978 in the village of Marcinowo at Trzebnica north of Wrocław, founded and led by Marian Kowalski. The majority of participants still live in the village. Among the sources of the group's repertoire are folk from the Lublin region, the Kielce region and the Kurpian region. Most of the works performed by the group are performed musically by Marian Kowalski. At a festival in Przysucha (Mazowsze) in 2002, the group was awarded the prestigious Oskar Kolberg Prize (*) for his artistic endeavors. In May 2004, the group conducted a tour in Lithuania.
You can order the group to perform at parties, e.g. weddings, silver weddings, birthdays or anniversaries in Poland. They can also be ordered to play at a major event in Denmark.

(*) Oskar Kolberg (1814-1890), Polish ethnographer, folk collector and composer, born in Przysucha.

folk Group “Marciny” in Marcinowo. – Photo belongs to the music group
In 2005, Marian Kowalski received an award from President Aleksander Kwaśniewski, the Knight Cross of the Order of the Reborn Poland.


Text: “Muzea Trzebnicy \”. Urząd Miejski w Trzebnicy. – Photos: Małe Muzeum Ludowe u Kowalskich.


The village of Marcinowo is approx. 4 km northwest of the city of Trzebnica, which is again 25 km north of the Lower Schleswig regional capital, Wroclaw. Read our pages Trzebnica and Wrocław .

Map showing Marcinowo: Google Maps

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