The annualy “Muzealnictwo” [Museology], published since 1952, documents the 200-years-long history of Polish museums. ”Muzealnictwo” is an international periodical and a forum for exchange of thoughts, sharing of professional experiences, a presentation place for organizational and legislative solutions. Since 2011 it is published by the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections.
The topics of articles published on the columns of the periodical embraces a wide range of issues which constitute the statutory and primarily, social tasks of museums, including, but not limited to, legal acts concerning the activity of museums, history of collecting, theory and practice of museology, education in museums, digitalization of museum collections, provenance studies, architecture of museum buildings, the art of exhibition, conservation, promotion, reviews of the most important publications and exhibitions.
In 2012, the periodical celebrated the 60th anniversary of its activity. The past decades constitute also for us, contemporary people, a great obligation: to preserve what was the most valuable in the past achievements, but most importantly – the obligation to think about the future of the periodical, about its effective influence on the opinion of museum circles and other circles on which the situation of museums in Poland depends. This particular principle underlies all the changes, which take place in the periodical accordingly to its annual formula under the aegis of the current publisher, the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections.
Currently, the annual periodical is issued in several forms: traditional hard copy which is still most valued by many of us, but also in versions addressed to new generations of readers: namely, e-books, e-pub for downloading to reader devices and in PDF form, all of them available free-of-charge on the Institute’s website.