Poland is now home to a vodka museum. Located in an old vodka factory, it looks at over 500 years of history about the alcoholic beverage.
The vodka museum shows visitors the history of Polish vodka, and its protected status. Polish vodka must be made using traditional recipes, and with local ingredients. The entire process of production (except bottling) also needs to take place in Poland. Without these criteria, it cannot even be called Polish vodka.
It is situated in the converted Koneser distillery where popular brands of Polish vodkas – Luksusowa and Wyborowa – used to be made. The Muzeum Polskiej Wódki also has exhibits about the process. Visitors can view old vodka barrels and see how the iconic drink has affected the country’s culture. “Our museum is a tribute to the history of vodka production in Poland, a history spanning more than 500 years; Poland is the cradle of vodka.” said Andrzej Szumowski of the Polish Vodka Association in an interview with AFP.
There is now a vodka museum in Poland
The vodka museum also offers vodka tastings, a range of vodka-based cocktails, and food pairings. Located near the Vistula River in the up-and-coming Praga-Północ district of Warsaw, the museum will give visitors a first-hand look at the production of Polish vodka.
As the museum’s website says, “The goal of the Polish Vodka Museum was to create a space where we could present vodka’s unique history. We are going to use appealing and modern means to familiarise the visitors with the process of vodka production, raw materials used for its production as well as its different flavours.”
The Muzeum Polskiej Wódki is open all throughout the week. (From 10am-8pm Sunday-Thursday, 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday. Tickets start at 40 PLN (€9.30), and tours are conducted in Polish, English, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Italian.Find out more at their official website.