October 10, 2019

We are happy to say that our exhibit featuring internationally acclaimed Polish poster art has attracted a lot of attention, including this feature in the Winnipeg Free Press. In response, we are offering extended hours for the rest of October to allow more visitors to view the exhibit. If you haven’t had a chance yet, come visit us Sundays 1 to 4 pm until the end of October, or Mondays 7-9 pm through the rest of 2019. And if those times don’t work for you — drop us a line to schedule a visit by appointment!

September 10, 2019

Canada’s 2019 Culture Days event is fast approaching. This year, Ogniwo will mark this celebration with the opening of an exhibit showcasing vintage Polish poster art.  In post-World War II Poland, the role of the poster changed from its traditional purpose of selling a product to consumers, to a covert purpose of communicating the artist’s feelings and sensibilities. This change created a culture where the Communist-repressed society developed an understanding of symbolism, irony, and visual metaphor used by the artist to silently object to the political establishment. Government-sanctioned film posters, instead of showing a traditional representation of actors and scenes, provided a subjective interpretation of the film. As a result, a group of artists representing the Polish Poster School created abstract and experimental works which are still critically acclaimed and showcased by galleries around the world today.

The exhibit opening weekend will feature a special talk by University of Manitoba’s Magdalena Blackmore, titled “Hidden Messages as a Means of Communication.” In her talk, Magdalena  will present the history of Polish poster art and engage the audience in seeking to understand the hidden messages.


May 5, 2019

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, which has its place in history as one of the most decisive battles of WWII. The great effort of the Polish 2nd Corps to capture the Monte Cassino Hill and Abbey, Hills 593 and 569, San Angelo and Mas Albaneta, came at a great cost. The 2nd Corps suffered 4,199 casualties, of which 1,150 were deaths.

We invite you to mark this anniversary with us on Sunday, May 19th, 2019, when we launch a special exhibit prepared by longtime Ogniwo volunteer and Executive Director of Polish Exiles of WW2, Krystyna Szypowska, as well as additional panels by Ogniwo Polish Museum. The exhibit also features the history of Wojtek the Soldier Bear.


February 14, 2019

Join us on February 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm for the launch of Poles in the Canadian Mosaic, a special travelling exhibit prepared by Dr. Michalina Petelska of the University of Gdansk, Poland, in cooperation with the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland, the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw, and brought to you by Ogniwo Polish Museum, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, and the Canadian Polish Congress Manitoba Branch.

Nic Curry, MLA for Kildonan, will celebrate along with us by presenting Ogniwo Museum with a special copy of his private member’s resolution, titled Celebrating Over 200 Years of Polish Culture in Manitoba, which was passed unanimously by Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly on December 4, 2018.

We hope to see you there!

In My Words: Exploring Polish Immigrant Experiences


In My Own Words








Our current exhibit, titled “In My Words”, explores the immigration story as described in first-person perspective and the joys, sorrows, hardships and successes experienced by Polish immigrants to Manitoba. The exhibit presents various topics related to immigration, including reasons for leaving Poland, initial impressions of Canada, navigating a different culture and language, negotiating an identity as a Polish-Canadian immigrant, and finding ways to maintain a connection to Poland and Polish heritage while adjusting to life in Canada.

The exhibit features photographs, artefacts , audio and visual recordings, and archival materials that present the unique viewpoints of individuals from different waves of Polish immigration.


Ogniwo wishes to acknowledge the support and contributions of the following organizations and groups for their support with the exhibit:

  • Archives of Manitoba
  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
  • Manitoba Historic Resources Branch, Heritage Programs
  • Anonymous donor
  • Dabros, M.
  • Drohomereski, A.
  • Johnston, M.
  • Kuzia family
  • Paryzek, D.
  • Praski, D.
  • Rutowicz family
  • Sawicz family
  • Slawik, W.
  • Szypowska, K.
  • Tishinski family
  • Tukaj family