About

Muzeum Broni Pancernej Centrum Szkolenia Wojsk Lądowych im. Hetmana Polnego Koronnego Stefana Czarnieckiego w Poznaniu, abbreviated Muzeum Broni Pancernej CSWL (Armoured Warfare Museum) is a large collection of military vehicles, located within Land Forces Training Center in Poznań, Poland.

The museum has the largest collection of armoured fighting vehicles in Poland, displaying around 60 vehicles from the First World War, interwar, Second World War and Cold War periods. As of 2018, the museum is closed to visitors; it is expected to be re-opened in early 2019 in a new location.

The museum was established in 1963, as a small collection of vehicles formerly used by the local military training center. It was located in former barracks in Sołacz district. For most of the Communist period, the only vehicles in the museum were those of Soviet (or USSR’s satellites) production. After the fall of communism in Poland in 1989, the museum started to acquire non-Soviet exhibits (Western or Nazi German) as well.

The museum is located inside a single hangar, housing much of its exhibits, although some vehicles are stored outside.

The museum’s curator is Lt Col Tomasz Ogrodniczuk, who also participates in the restoration efforts and occasionally drives certain vehicles during the „Armoured Parade” – from the museum’s hangar to the Training Center’s parade square.

In November 2013 it was announced that by 2015, the museum will be turned into a branch of Land Forces Museum in Bydgoszcz. This offered several advantages, the most important being financial aid from the state, and also that the museum will be open to visitors for all year long.[1] Ultimately, however, the museum was turned into a branch of Polish Army Museum in Warsaw. In January 2015 it was announced that the museum will be moved to an unused hangar near the Ławica airport by June 2017.[2] As of 2017, the Museum is no longer accessible, and is expected to be reopened in spring 2019, after the restoration of the hangars and relocation of the exhibits is finished.