New splendour of the Kubicki Stables
The Kubicki Stables, dating back to the 19th century, have regained their place on the cultural map of Warsaw. A project co-financed by EU funds allowed to create a unique educational and exhibition space with a rich programme offer for visitors in the building referred to as the Horseshoe. Visitors are invited to the newly renovated building from 30 July 2021.
Two permanent exhibitions have been prepared for visitors in the Kubicki Stables. The first one, i.e. the Zbigniew Prus-Niewiadomski Carriage House, is devoted to equestrian relics from the 19th and 20th centuries and includes, among others, a collection of horse-drawn vehicles and harnesses in the English, Cracovian, Silesian and Jewish Carter styles, as well as accessories for horses and riders. The second display, i.e. the royal weaving workshop, presents 19th-century Jacquard looms, ornamental fabrics, a punching machine and perforated cards with written down patterns of fabrics.
The Kubicki Stables are accessible to visitors from Tuesday to Thursday 10.00-16.00, and from Friday to Sunday 10.00-18.00 (standard ticket – 16 zlotys, reduced ticket – 8 zlotys). A limited number of visitors can visit the Kubicki Stables at a time: maximum 20. Moreover, the visit duration time is limited to maximum 25 minutes.
"Pegasus Stables" – details of the project
The project "Pegasus Stables. Conservation and renovation of the Kubicki Stables on the premises of the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw. Adaptation of the building for exhibition and educational purposes together with implementation of energy-efficient solutions" was carried out under priority axis VIII "Protection of cultural heritage and development of cultural resources of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014–2020". Its value amounted to PLN 10,964,250.73, including PLN 7,105,906.98 co-financed by EU.
The project included construction, renovation and conservation works performed in the years 2019-2021 in the Kubicki Stables, the main and most valuable facility of the so-called "Łazienki Manor", which comprises buildings (in addition to the stables, a coach house, a blacksmith’s shop and a laundry among others) historically associated with the equestrian and military tradition of the Royal Łazienki.
During the works it was possible to recreate the historical form and layout of the Kubicki Stables, with remodelled central part and restored historical gates. The eastern and western wings were adapted for exhibition purposes. Two permanent exhibitions were created there, i.e. Zbigniew Prus-Niewiadomski Carriage House and the royal weaving workshop.
Due to the deteriorating technical condition, outdated infrastructure and lack of adaptation to the needs of people with disabilities, the Kubicki Stables did not fully use their museum potential. As a result of the project, the monument will be preserved for future generations and visitors will have the opportunity to use the new educational and exhibition space. A rich programme, accompanying the exhibitions, is to contribute to equal opportunities in access to culture.