During the reign of Napoleon III, Adam Mickiewicz gave up his
political activity and became a librarian in the Parisian Library of the Arsenal, but it
was during the Crimean war that he once again returned to political activity.
He was sent to Turkey to support the formation of Polish troops to fight against Russia
and mediate between different fraction of Polish, and he arrived in Constantinople in
September 1855 for this task.
During his time in the City of Paris and whilst
abroad, Adam Mickiewicz created lots of lyrics, ballads, poems, dramas and poetic tales
and all had a profound meaning, especially with his love for his own country, which has
meant a lot more to the people that have read his works since his death.
However, he attempted to publish two dramas in French, but these were unsuccessful and
they were then translated into Polish and published after his death in 1866 and although
he was initially buried in France, his remains were moved and re-buried in the vault of
Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, which is the same place that many of the Polish Kings buried.
The work of Adam Mickiewicz has inspired many composers, painters, writers, poets, and
sculptors from numerous countries and you will be able to see monuments and visit museums
dedicated to him in lots of cities in Poland, plus places like Paris and Istanbul.
In fact, within the 8th Arrondissement of Paris in the Cours Albert Garden along the River Seine you will see a monument that was produced by Emile Antoine Bourdelle who was captivated by Adam
The Musée Adam Mickiewicz is situated in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris within the
Polish library and was created by Adam Mickiewicz's Son in 1903. The museum contains
personal memorabilia, documents, letters and correspondence, manuscripts, portraits,
souvenirs and other items that relate to his time as a publicist, plus as the romantic
Polish poet and when he was involved with political activity.
The Musée Adam Mickiewicz is only open for guided tours on a Thursday from 2pm to 6pm and
these are conducted by prior appointment.
Address & Contact Details:
Bibliothèque Polonaise de Paris
Société Historique et Littéraire Polonaise
6 Quai d'Orléans
Telephone: 1 43 54 35 61