“Society of Things Pleasant and Not Necessarily Useful”.
The name of our program for families refers to the “Society of Things Pleasant and Not Necessarily Useful,” which Józef Piłsudski founded with his daughters, Wanda and Jadwiga. The Society was open to a select few adults, but mainly to children. The Marshal enjoyed spending time with his daughters, and organized games for them together. Inspired by their unique bond, this is the name we decided to give to our program.
Currently, at the “Society of Pleasant Things and Not Necessarily Useful Things” we are implementing two series of family workshops:
• “Fun Factory – about history in a different way” – from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every first Sunday of the month (excluding vacations);
• “Museum Adventures with Hela” – from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. every third Sunday of the month (excluding vacations).
In 2021 we also ran an online cooking workshop for families entitled “Cuisine of Piłsudski’s era”.
For more information on each edition, see the menu on the left (Polish language).
Where did it all start?
We started our family workshops in partnership with the Robisz.to association as part of the celebration of the century of Poland’s independence. The goal of the project was to invite children and adults to work together and show them that learning history is interesting and can inspire them to play together.
Initially, the family workshops were implemented in the FabLab on Twarda Street in Warsaw. Then we moved some of the classes online and implemented meetings with families in an online format. In the spring of 2021 we finally started organizing our classes stationary, in the new Museum building and in the historical garden belonging to the Museum complex.
Our museum has a modern educational center, which also includes a studio that serves as the museum’s workshop. The workshop is equipped with specialized equipment and tools necessary for family activities based on the idea of DIY. For example, we have 3D printers, 3D pens, tools for carpentry work or a sewing machine.