Missing WWII Amber Chamber recreated at Polish museum
A museum in Poland has recreated one of the greatest missing treasures of the Second World War – an Amber Chamber stolen from Russia by retreating Nazis.
The Mamerki museum near Węgorzewo in northeast Poland launched a hunt for the chamber two years ago after discovering what they believed was a secret room hidden inside an old wartime bunker at the museum.
The original Amber Chamber worth an estimated 1.2million zł (284,000 euro), built for Russian Tsar Peter the Great in the 1700s and packed with amber, gold and precious jewels, was stolen by the Nazis and mysteriously disappeared at the end of the Second World War.
For decades, hunters have scoured Europe searching for the missing treasure to no avail.
After using geo-radar to try and locate the room, the museum also failed to find anything.
But now it has decided to recreate it at a cost of 150,000zł (35,000 euro) and since May the replica has been on display to the public.
Bartek Plebańczyk, the owner of the museum, said: "Visually, it actually does not differ much from the original. It is made of plastic and resin, but it looks like real amber.
“The only difference you can see is the size. The original is 11 m x 10 m and the replica is 8 m x 6 m in size, with a total area of approx. 60 m2.
“It is placed in one of our bunker’s rooms, which is the main part of the museum."
In the first week of May, at the Amber Chamber’s opening, the museum attracted 10,000 visitors.