Declaration of Accessibility

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Status in terms of compliance

The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk is hereby obliged to ensure accessibility of the website www.nck.org.pl according to the Act on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies released by the Polish Government on 4th April 2019.

The website is partially compliant with the 4th April 2019 Act due to the incompatibilities or exclusions mentioned below.

 

Unavailable content:

  • not all the videos have subtitles or audiodescriptions for persons with hearing difficulties
  • lack of part of alternative descriptions and titles for pictures and photographs
  • part of the documents available on the website have textual inconsistencies which unable automatic reading by the softwares

We are continuously working on completing these unavailabilities.

Exemptions:

  • archived videos published before the implementation of the Digital Accessibility Act
  • increasing the accessibility of the website would bring excessive costs
  • maps are excluded from the duty of providing accessibility

 

Feedback and contact

In case of problems regarding accessibility of the website please contact Anna-Maria Piotrowska, e-mail: anna.piotrowska@nck.org.pl.

You may also contact us via telephone under to request for unavailable information +48 696 141 674, 58 326 10 25.

Appeal proceedings

According to the 18th Article of the 4th April Act on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies, each person has the right to request to provide the accessibility of a website, mobile application or one of their parts. It is also possible to request for information via alternative means, such as reading aloud a document, description of a video lacking audiodescription, etc.

The request should contain personal data of the person making the request, indication, which website or mobile application the request concerns and contact details. If the person reports a need to obtain the lacking information via alterntive means, they should also indicate the preferable way to obtain this information. The public sector body is ought to provide the requested information within 7 days. If providing information is not possible the public sector body is ought to inform the person making the request and indicate when it will be possible to provide information (the time should not be longer than 2 months). If providing information is not possible, the public sector body is ought to provide an alternative way to provide information. In case a public sector body declines to provide information, the person making the request can submit complaint. After the above mentioned procedures are exhausted, the person can file an application to the Polish Ombudsman (Comissioner for Human Rights).

 

Architectural accessibility

We are a cultural intitution, we are subject to the Self-government of the Pomeranian Voivodeship

We organise exhibitions and cultural events. Our historical venues are open for visitors.

Sightseeing is free of charge.

The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk has two historical venues:

 

Old Town Hall

Korzenna street 33/35
80-851 Gdańsk 

See the map

St. John’s Centre 

Świętojańska street 50
80 – 840 Gdańsk

See the map

 

Old Town Hall

In the Old Town Hall, we invite our guests to the corridor and Gallery on the ground floor as well as Town Hall and Mayor’s Office on the first floor.

Opening hours:


Gallery is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The first floor is open from Monday to Friday 4:00-6:00 pm. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The first floor can be closed to visitors during artistic events.

The office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Building surrounding and entrance

The headquarters of the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre is the Old Town Hall – a historic building made of red brick. It is situated in the centre of Gdańsk on Korzenna street 33/35.

 

How to get there:

Jak dotrzeć do Ratusza Staromiejskiego?

source © CC BY-SA openstreetmap.org

Legend

  • by SKM (colour red)
  • by Tramwajów (colour blue)
  • by Autobusów (colour yellow)

 

By SKM train

(Gdańsk Główny station), a need for help for persons with physical disabilities can be addressed under +48 58 721-12-11 or:

https://www.skm.pkp.pl/dla-pasazera/formularz-kontaktowy-dla-niepelnosprawnych

The majority of the SKM trains is equipped with voice announcement systems. A walk from the SKM station to the Old Town Hall takes approximately 5 minutes. 

WARNING! There are obstacles on the way, such as steps, curbs and paved street. Platform 3 at the SKM station is equipped with a lift. The tunnel at the end of SKM and tram underpass is also equipped with a lift going to the street. 

 

By bus

(Dworzec Główny stop): 106, 111, 112, 118, 123, 130, 131, 132, 138, 154, 166, 167, 178, 184, 186, 189, 199, 200, 205, 207, 210, 232, 256, 267, N1, N3, N4, N5, N8, N9, N11, N12, N13. All buses have low floors and voice announcement systems.

A walk to the Old Town Hall takes about 4 minutes.

WARNING! The way from the bus station has curbs and paved street.

 

By Tram

(Dworzec Główny stop): 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12. All trams are low-floor and have sound announcement systems.
Transport of persons with disabilities is organised on demand by PKS Sp. z o.o. 3 Maja 12, 80-802 Gdańsk, phone no.: +48 516 008 058

https://ztm.gda.pl/planowanie-podrozy/przewozy-jednorazowe-mikrobusami-dla-osob-z-niepelnosprawnosciami,a,5756 

A walk to the Old Town Hall takes about 4 minutes.

WARNING! The way to the Old Town Hall has obstacles such as curbs and paved street. Each tram platform is equipped with a step lift. The tunnel connecting tram platform with the street has a lift which takes pedestrians to level 0 or +1 of the street.

 

By car

The Old Town Hall is surrounded by paid parking lots (Korzenna and Bielanska streets). More information:

https://gzdiz.gda.pl/zalatw-sprawe/strefa-platnego-parkowania,a,19

The parking lots are approximately 50 metres away from the building. Each parking has one lot for disabled persons. The ways to the building have architectural obstacles. We recommend the parking on Korzenna street and going to the Old Town Hall through street crossing without a curb, situated next to Most Chlebowy. 

Info: Bicycle stands are situated at the back of the building.

 


 

Information for persons who use wheelchairs


The Old Town Hall is not adapted for persons with physical impairments due to architectural bareers and lack of adjustments in the toilets). The historic character of the building unables a rebuilding of the staircase. 

Information for persons with vision and hearing impairments

At the moment, we do not provide specialistic solutions for blind persons and persons with vision impairments. We do not provide audioguides. We do not provide sign language translators, we also do not provide induction loops.


For special guidance or information, please contact us before your visit:

 
Facilities:

  • Persons with guide dogs are welcome in the buidling. There is a water bowl for dogs.
  • The ground floor is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
  • On the ground floor, there is a security guard who can offer their help.
  • The ground floor is facilitated with self-service cloakroom.

 
The main entrance to the Old Town Hall goes through heavy 167 cmetres wide wooden door (83,5 cm one leaf, handle at 152 cm height). In order to open it, it is necessary to vigorously pull inside. The entrance has a 3cm threshold. Behind the wooden door, there is another, glass door which open to the outside (83 width – one leaf, both leaves open, handle at 130 cm height).

The building is not equipped with a lift (due to historic character of the building). In order to go on the first floor, it is necessary to walk up a wide wooden staircase.


Stairs:

  • widht – 168 cm,
  • handles – 92 cm height,
  • number of stairs – 24,
  • stair height – 17 cm.


It is possible to lift a person using wheelchair up the stairs. Such need must be addressed in advance, at least one day before the visit. Contact:

 
Toilets

Toilets in the building are situated on ground floor and first floor. The toilets are not adjusted for persons with motor disabilities. The toilets on the 1st floor are equipped with a changing table for babies.

 

Where is what in the Old Town Hall?

Ground floor

  • Representative corridor with information stand with leaflets and posters; the narrowest way is 220 cm wide.
  • Gallery, where we present our exhibitions and organise meetings, has a surface of 84 m2, door width – 155 cm. During exhibitions, there can be changing lights and sounds.
  • Bookshop (thresholdless entrance, 78 cm width door, both door leaves open at 155 cm width)
  • Lounge (tables with armchairs – 46 cm height)
  • toilet (thresholdless, door width – 94 cm, handle at 100 cm height)
  • secretary office (2cm high threshold, 94 cm wide door, handle at 100 cm height)
  • office
  • self service cloakroom
  • security stand; security guards are eager to help and provide information stanowisko ochrony.

First floor

The 1st floor has got historic rooms open for visitors:   

  • Hall with relaxing area (benches situated at 60 cm height),
  • Mayor Office:
    • surface: 32,5 m2, door width: 93 cm, handle at 104 cm height,
  • Town Counsilors Room, where cultural events take place (concerts, author meetings, spectacles, workshops). Some events may include changing lights and sounds. 
    • surface: 226 m2, door width: 182 cm, handle at 108 cm height, chairs: 52 cm high. The room can hold up to 200 people. There are no signified seats for persons with disabilities, but the seats can be moved.
  • Additional rooms:
    • toilets (door: 84 cm wide, handle at 109 cm height, hall width: 100 cm),
    • office rooms (for staff only)

It is forbidden to eat and drink on the 1st floor.

Second floor

  • office rooms (staff only)

Basements

The basements of the Old Town Hall are adapted into restaurants – Rada Miasta Food & Wine and Gorzko Gorzko. There are separate entrances from the outside.

St. John's Centre

The St. John’s Centre is open for visitors.

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, 
  • Sunday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The Centre can be closed for visitors during artistic events.

 

Entrance and surrounding

St. John’s Centre is a unique sight on the map of Gdansk. It is the last of the rebuilt churches destroyed after WWII, where sacrum and profanum fluently go one into another. It joins functions of a museum, concert hall and a church. The gothic monument adapted to new needs contains a huge part of its original equipment.

The St. John’s Centre is situated in St. John’s church on Świętojańska street 50 in Główne Miasto, the historical part of Gdańsk – 1 km away from the central train station (Dworzec Główny), 400 m from St. Mary’s Church, 180 m from the Crane, 400 m from Water Tram at the Fish Market. The entrance is situated halfway through the building from Świętojańska street.

 

How to get to St. John’s Centre: 

 

Jak dotrzeć do Centrum św. Jana

source © CC BY-SA openstreetmap.org

Legend

  • by SKM (colour red)
  • by tram (colour blue)
  • by bus (colour yellow)

 

By SKM train

(Gdańsk Główny station), a need for help for persons with physical disabilities can be addressed under +48 58 721-12-11 or:

https://www.skm.pkp.pl/dla-pasazera/formularz-kontaktowy-dla-niepelnosprawnych.

The majority of the SKM trains is equipped with voice announcement systems. A walk from the station takes approximately 15 minutes. WARNING! There are obstacles on the way, such as steps, curbs and paved street. Platform 3 at the SKM station is equipped with a lift. The tunnel at the end of SKM and tram underpass is also equipped with a lift going to the street. 

 

By bus

(Dworzec Główny or Brama Wyżynna/Hucisko stops): 106, 111, 112, 118, 123, 130, 131, 132, 138, 154, 166, 167, 178, 184, 186, 189, 199, 200, 205, 207, 210, 232, 256, 267, N1, N3, N4, N5, N8, N9, N11, N12, N13. All buses have low floors and voice announcement systems. A walk from bus stop takes approximately 15 minutes.

WARNING! The way from the bus station has curbs and paved street.

 

By tram

(Dworzec Główny or Brama Wyżynna/Hucisko station): 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12. All trams have low floor and sound announcement systems. Transport of persons with disabilities is organised on demand by PKS Sp. z o.o. 3 Maja 12, 80-802 Gdańsk, phone no.: +48 516 008 058,

https://ztm.gda.pl/planowanie-podrozy/przewozy-jednorazowe-mikrobusami-dla-osob-z-niepelnosprawnosciami,a,5756

A walk to the St. John’s Centre takes approximately 15 minutes.

WARNING! The way to the Old Town Hall has obstacles such as curbs and paved street.

 

By car

There are paid parking lots around the church on Świętojańska and Minogi streets.

https://gzdiz.gda.pl/zalatw-sprawe/strefa-platnego-parkowania,a,19

The parking between Świętojańska and Minogi streets has one place for person with disabilities. The parking is situated 60 metres away from the building. The way to the building has obstacles such as curbs and paved street.  

 


 

Information for persons with vision and hearing impairments

St. John’s Centre is facilitated with information tables on church’s historic equipment. This includes a vertical table containing map of the building with signatures in Braille (designed also for persons using wheelchairs).There are also horizontal tables with descriptions of particular monuments, The vertical table is situated at 88 cm height, the others – at 86 cm.

Each table has implemented beacons which connects with YourWay application on mobile devices. The beacon provides information on the monument for persons with visual impairments.

We do not provide the possibility to use sign language translator. We do not have induction loops.

 

Multimedia

We recommend to download our mobile application. It contains information on monuments inside the church, high definition digitalised archives audioguides and educational quiz. The application is available in English, German and Polish.

Facilities:

  • The building can be entered with a guide dog. There are bowls with water awaiting the dogs. 
  • St. John’s Centre provides facilities for persons with physical disabilities - a portable wheelchair platform. In order to use the facilities, please contact us before your visit or notify the security guards at the entrance.
  • There are toilets adapted for persons with physical impairments.
  • There is no cloakroom or possibility to leave luggage.
  • Security guards at the entrance are eager to help.

The main entrance leads through big, heavy wooden door at 205 cm width (101cm – one leaf, handle at 106 cm height). In order to open it, it is necessary to push it vigorously. There are two step at the entrance, 10cm height each.

The building is not facilitated with lift (due to historic character of the building). In order to get to the top of the tower, it is necessary to use stairs of different height and width. 

 

Stairs size:

  • width – 121 to 145 cm,
  • height of the handles – 108 to 120 cm,
  • number of the stairs – 174 cm,
  • height of a stair – 15 to 20 cm.

The rooms in the tower are adapted into cloakrooms for artists and are closed for visitors. The staircase leads also to the attic.

For more information, please contact:

Toilets

The buildings have signed toilets adapted for persons with physical disabilities. Ladies’ room is facilitated with changing table for babies. The toilets are situated in adjoining tenement house (entrance through Holy Spirit Chapel, right from the main entrance), 10 m away from the altar. The way leads through 100 cm wide door and 100 cm wide corridor. Toilet door are 100 cm wide, handles are situated at 110 height.

 

What is where at St. John’s Centre?

Ground floor

  • three-naved historic area of a gothic church adapted into cultural centre. Both main nave area and side naves are equipped with movable armchairs heading front or back side of the church, according to upcoming event. The side naves of the western side of the church often hold temporary exhibitions. The eastern part of the church holds elements of cultural heritage. (While sightseeing the church, please pay attention to historic tombstones of non-standard height or depth up to 3 cm protruding the floor. There is a tripping hazard.)
  • toilets
  • security guards

First floor in adjoining tenements:

  • The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre office

Tower

  • not open for visitors daily; only guided climbing is possible (in the summertime) or during special events (such as Night of the Museums)

Attic

  • adapted to exhibition area, the attic is not open for visitors on a daily basis unless a temporary exhibition is open
  • the area above the vaults of the main nave and transept has wooden floor with 100 cm high railings. The attic door is 72,50cm wide. 

 

Entering the events

Part of our events is free of charge, some require purchase of a ticket. The tickets are sold on www.interticket.pl or in the facility, one hour before the event.

We accept Euro26 cards. Students, pensioners and persons with disabilities and their guardians (holding a valid document) are entitled for discounts.

 

The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre online

The history of St. John’s church can be also explored online. We recommend a virtual walk around the St. John’s Centre connected with our online art repository available here: https://centrumswjana.pl/odwiedz-centrum-sw-jana-on-line/

Visit our website to see our updates: www.nck.org.pl/en

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