The only museum in Poland dedicated to the memory of Bolesław Prus (real name Aleksander Głowacki) is located in the Zakopane-style building of the Adam Żeromski Nursery. The building was designed by an esteemed architect Jan Koszczyc-Witkiewicz.
In the cosy interior of the Nursery, one can see the study of the author of the Doll, arranged according to the photographs showing the appearance of the writer’s Warsaw studio. The visit gives a unique opportunity to see the mementos by Bolesław Prus, including: a letter opener made of ivory, a plate with the initial of the name and surname that once hung on the door of Warsaw apartment, miraculously preserved glasses. In the office one can see a replica of the writer’s desk, a 19th-century typewriter and a marble writing set with an inkwell. A library is also located in the office, in which the most interesting works by Prus are displayed, including foreign-language editions, as well as a case with the writer’s original letters and photographs.
In 2021, the Bolesław Prus Museum in Nałęczów celebrates its 60th anniversary. It was established due to the initiative of prof. Feliks Araszkiewicz from the Catholic University of Lublin and Stefan Butryn, the curator of the Stefan Żeromski Museum in Nałęczów. Initially, it was located in the Małachowski Palace, in December 2017 it was moved to the Nursery.
Bolesław Prus contributed to the finishing of the Nursery – the writer donated one of his texts for the publication Na nową szkołę (For a new school; the income from its sale was intended for the completion of the building). After the Nursery was put into use, he reviewed the children’s education program, made comments and supported the people working there. He sent postcards with photos of the Nursery to friends from Warsaw. Several of them are preserved in the Museum’s collection.