Galloping Through the Ages. 40000 Years of Man and Horse’s History

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40000 Years of Man and Horse’s History

30 December 2018 – 30 June 2019
Naturalists’ House, Mariacka Street 25/26 Gdańsk


For centuries, the horse has been man’s companion, however, its function changed in time. For this reason, the exhibition at the Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk is more than a chronological tale, an epoch after epoch. Chosen topics are presented accompanying historic artefacts and precious archaeological sources.


• Famous horses in history. From Incitatus and Bucephalus to First Marshal Piłsudski’s Kasztanka.

• Evolution of the horse. Starting with the Hyracotherium, which measured 25-50 cm in withers.

• The horse as a food source. In the distant past when huntsmen hunted herds of wild horses.

• Domestication of the horse. About how nomadic communities dwelling on the steps of Eurasia spread their culture by travelling on horseback.

• Changes in bone structure. About the traces of degeneration identified in both animal remains as well as the backbones of riders.

• The horse motif in art. From 30000 year old cave paintings, through horse statues in antiquity, to the canvases of Kossak.

• The horse motif in literature. Is it true that for you / A white horse will come flying? / A horse which digs through burial mounds, / And shines with a ruby eye; / An odd hell horse / They say an immortal?

• The horse motif in cinematography. Since 1878 when Eadweard Muybridge took a series of photographs presenting the phases of movement of a galloping horse: Sallie Gardner at a Gallop

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The “Galloping Through the Ages” exhibition can be viewed at the headquarters of the Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk, at the Naturalists’ House on Mariacka Street 25/26.

Admission available with a ticket according to ticket prices:

Opening hours of the Naturalists’ House can be found at:

Please note that the exhibition is presented in Polish.


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