Marie Curie's Tree – Warsaw, Poland - Atlas Obscura
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Marie Curie's Tree

A tree planted by Marie Curie is treasured by the Radium institute that she set up. 

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Marie Curie visited Poland often, sometimes alone and sometimes with her family. During one of her visits, she set up the Polish Radium Institute for the research of radiation, a sister institute to the one that she had set up in France. 

During the opening ceremony in 1932, she commemorated the event by planting a small sycamore tree next to the institute. At the time, people did not think much of it, but over the years the tree grew to be a respectable 62 feet (19 meters) high.

Sometime before that, the was officially adopted by the institute. A small sign was attached to it that says., “Souvenir tree, planted on the day of the opening of the Radium Institute on May 29, 1932, by Marie Sklodowska-Curie.” The tree is lovingly called “Maria.”

Know Before You Go

The tree can be visited from Monday through Thursday during office hours after scheduling a visit to the park with the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Society.

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