The area of Nowy Tomysl is known from rich tradition of growing wicker, hop and production of wicker works. Decisive influence for development of these specification was natural terrain, micro climate and historical processes which caused that in XVIII century population of “Olender” settlement came to this land.
Marshy areas of Obra river with lush wild willow, probably from the beginning were for humans settlements great raw material base for the needs of development of wicker-making craft. Colonization of these lands with “Olender” Settlement was the beginning of the development of wicker-making in a larger scale. First willow plantation in XVIII and XIX century were called the most beautiful and as a example.
Similarly, beginning of the hop growing in the area of Nowy Tomysl, are related with colonists from Germany and Czech Republic, who came to this lands in late XVII century. At the “Olender” communities there were privileges allowing making home-made beer. Therefore small, home plantation of hop were grown on these lands.
In a region with such rich traditions and interesting history, in May, 1985, was built a Museum of Wickerwork and Hop-growing in Nowy Tomysl. This object was created as a branch of National Museum of Agriculture and Farming and Food Industry in Szreniawa. For the needs of the Museum, local authorities gave 2 objects:
Buildings are surround by the area of 1.75 hectares, there are botanic exhibitions:
and exhibitions of artistic forms made from the wicker based on changing yearly temporary after outdoor exhibitions.
There are presented permanent exhibitions:
There are organized 2 open-air events nationwide:
Main form of this event is weaving forms based on the certain design as a open presentation how to weave. For the visitors, these workshops are unque opportunity to observe whole process of weaving original wicker forms or even try themselves weave something.
In this event are involved young people, who are interested in art-craft, specially wicker-making, who learn this profession in a few schools in this area. This event is realize as a practical classes – wicker-making workshops with using selected wicker raw materials and theoretical – speeches about growing willow, its processing and use. there are organize trips to wicker farms and wicker factories, meetings with the artist, who create art from the wicker.
Other activities in the Museum:
§ lessons for schoolchildren
§ displays of weaving wicker
§ basketry workshops for schoolchildren
§ “Wicker for Amateurs” – basketry workshops for individual visitors (Saturday-Sunday)
from April to October
Tue-Sat 9 am – 5 pm
Sun 1 pm – 6 pm
from November to March
Tue-Fri 9 am – 3 pm
Sat-Sun 11 am – 3 pm
Visit us at:
10, Topolowa st.
64-300 Nowy Tomyśl
Tel./fax 61 442 23 11