POLIN Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

POLIN Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

POLIN Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is the first and only museum dedicated to restoring the memory of the civilization created by Polish Jews in the course of a millennium.Museum's building faces the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw. The Museum completes the memorial complex. At the monument, we honor those who perished by remembering how they died. At the museum, we honor them, and those who came before and after, by remembering how they lived. As a museum of life, POLIN Museum engages with the present and opens out to the future. As an educational and cultural institution, the museum is dedicated to stimulating dialogue in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect. Museum's core exhibition is a journey through the 1000-year history of Polish Jews. Enter this theater of history where the story unfolds in acts and scenes as you walk. Immerse yourself in the story. Encounter those who lived in each period - their words are quoted throughout the exhibition. Enter the scene - a salon, tavern, home, church, synagogue, or schoolroom. There are surprises in drawers you can open, screens and objects you can touch, and much that you can see - artifacts, photographs, documents, and films. Each visit to the museum will be different. There will always be something new to inspire you!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Address
Neighbourhood: Muranów
How to get there
  • Muranów • 5 min walk
  • Ratusz Arsenał • 10 min walk
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  • antenna5
    Epsom, United Kingdom211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best museums there are
    This is without doubt the best laid out and put together museum I’ve ever been to. Well paced and a good balance of interactive and informative. Audio guide was superb it started as you reached each section so you are able to go at your own pace so you can spend as much time as you want in each area. If you come to Warsaw it’s definitely worth a visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Scott M
    Province of Barcelona, Spain17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative and great audio guide
    I thought this was the most well done audio tour I have been on. You can leave the audio guide around your neck and when you walk into a room into automatically comes on and discusses the information in the room. Very informative and very nice space.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • drgndrgn
    Malmö, Sweden6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    probably the best museum experience I've ever had.
    Best museum experience ever. Cannot recommend enough. Everything from the building itself to the extremely detailed exhibition, was top notch. I'd highly recommend coming early and getting an audioguide. Me and my girlfriend spent almost 7 hours in here. Highly recommended!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • xcschlr
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin512 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A of things to see
    This museum provides a very comprehensive presentation of the history of Polish Jews, and one needs several hours to do justice. We budgeted 2 hours and still had to rush because of an appointment coming up. Warsaw does not have a lot of ancient monuments compared to other tourist cities such as Krakow and Prague. I would rate the museum as the 2nd most important place to visit other than the Royal Way Walk, if you happen to have some time.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, United Kingdom1,722 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    An interesting museum which needs a couple of hours to visit. The museum needs a couple of hours to complete so allows enough time. It is not just about the exhibits but also the architecture! We also had lunch in the cafe which was good and reasonable priced.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Jacob Zuckermann
    Oudenaarde, Belgium6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Captivating journey through Polish Jewish history.
    The exhibits are well-curated, providing insight into a rich cultural heritage. The museum offers an immersive experience, making history come alive. Highly recommended for those interested in a comprehensive exploration of Jewish life in Poland.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Almeria2000
    Almeria, Spain508 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable museum about Jewish cultural heritage in Poland.
    Great deal on entry for a family with 2 student children. Audio guides in many languages. The museum moves through the history and onto a moving and emotional area dedicated to the terrible atrocities in WWII. Highly recommended.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 April 2024
  • petergab10
    Melbourne, Australia667 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlights Polish Jewish history
    POLIN museum makes a statement from its beautiful exterior glass tiles containing inscriptions written Hebrew. Which also faces towards the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw. The museum is dedicated to its Polish Jewish history, l did use the audio guide which was included in the ticket price to explore the multi-level museum. Which highlights the history and different stages, Polish Jewish people went through in Poland.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 May 2024
  • RuLeaS
    Toronto, Canada16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Engaging, interactive and informative!
    I highly recommend this visiting the Polin museum for an in depth Jewish history of Poland and other parts of Europe. The exhibits are excellent, full of interesting history and facts, interactive and engaging. This is a large museum that takes a lot of time to go through, but it is certainly worth the time. For those with difficulty walking there is lots of places to stop and rest on the way and the museum also supplies light stools which are very convenient.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2024
  • Seren B
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent - very educational
    Incredible amount of information about the history of Jews in Poland (Central Europe) from medieval times to now !! Of course includes history of the WW2 - I didn’t realise that of the 6m Jews that lost their lives in the Holocaust 3m were Polish !! Beautiful building and we stopped to eat a late lunch in the restaurant which was really delicious. Don’t leave Warsaw without visiting this important venue.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2024
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Pippa H
London, UK82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The architecture of the Polin museum is very attractive and there is the option to leave coats in the cloakroom. Although there is a discounted ticket for students the woman at the desk was incredibly difficult and refused our student IDs (standard university IDs from the UK) so we had to pay the regular price. The exhibitions are very interactive and visual, with lots of first hand information as well as historical context. A lot of this information was useful and interesting, but the amount and presentation was overwhelming at times which made it hard to follow. The final rooms which focused on modern history and the treatment of Jewish people during WWII were very moving and interesting.
Written 17 February 2020
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joeymanko
The Villages, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I had heard, and even seen on television of the new museum in Warsaw, about the History Of The Polish Jews! What a place! Keep in mind, this is NOT a holocaust musem, despite plenty of displays about that.

This is like a trip into time. The design and windows of this structure make it quite unique, and through the various audio and visual displays, it is like you are actually there.

This museum is also very educational for children, and recommend you take them also. It is not a "downer", but a celebration of Jewish Life in Poland!!
Written 9 January 2020
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Emma
Bristol, UK270 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I didn't realise how big this museum was before entering, so probably spent too long at the earlier sections because I had to go through the last few parts a bit quicker due to time constraints.
There was a lot of interesting information but the museum seemed to have a focus on reading things on the walls, and didn't have a lot of actual historical artefacts etc to look at. There were also several paintings which were replicas so it would have been nice to have more original things.
I didn't do the audio guide tour so that may have impacted the experience, but I found it to be quite overwhelming to read everything, and think there were parts that could have been condensed.
I think if I'd been doing it with the audio guide and spent less time in each section then it would have been a better experience, but I think it just probably wasn't my style of museum, as I'd rather read a book if absorbing so much information in one go.
Written 20 February 2022
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Melody Y
Taipei, Taiwan15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I thought it’s a holocaust museum but I was wrong. It starts from the very beginning when Jewish first came to Poland all the way until today. It took me 3 hours yet I didn’t finish all of them. Very very abundant history, so, take your time to take in all the information. There’s an area for visitors to take a break which I think is necessary for the visiting of this museum :)
Written 20 January 2020
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Poleinahole
Switzerland2,404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
I spent about five hours in this museum in 2 chunks of 2.5 hours. You will need a break as there is a lot of material to read and absorb.

On day 1, I rented an audio guide but it is superfluous if you have the time and interest to read everything from one exhibition to the next. If you are pushed for time or just want an overview it’s useful, however.

I’m a history buff and the history of WW2 and the camps was therefore well known to me, so I learned the most from the early exhibitions on how the Jews came to settle in Poland and the early tolerance that led to this as well as their challenges. It took me about 2.5 hours to get from when the Jews first arrived in Poland to the end of WW 1 and Jewish life in 1918.

The next day I went through the rest of the museum.

The exhibits are very well done with multi media bits of film; photos and soundtrack.

The restaurant is very good and serves healthy food with lots of salads and vegetables. The lentil snd cold borscht soup are especially good.

Poland had the largest population of Jews in Europe prior to WW2 and had a central rail position away from large cities, which explains why so many death camps were built in Poland and why so many Jews, Gypsies, etc. from Western Europe were transported to camps in Poland. This museum and a visit to some of the camps will help explain how this occurred.
Written 22 July 2022
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Linda S
Nottingham107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a very comprehensive museum looking at all aspects of Jewish history in Poland through the ages.
Sometimes it is a bit confusing in regards to following the route around the exhibits.

I suggest that you take a rest as you go around as it can become somewhat overwhelming due to the massive amount of information exhibited. Audio guides are also available. The displays are very visual and also have information in English.
Well worth a visit.
Written 22 January 2020
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Asa Renda
Warsaw, Poland130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
Spent 5 hours there. The museum covers a broad range of topics and spans 1000 years of history; sadly, because of that, it feels overwhelming and there's a feeling that no topic is covered extensively. This probably should be 3-4 separate museums. Still, great insight into Jewish history in Poland that doesn't shy away from difficult topics (such as Polish antisemitism).
Written 14 March 2021
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ArabianPrincessQatar
Doha, Qatar95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
I visited this museum almost eight months ago and honestly I'm still thinking about some of the exhibitions I've seen. To be clear, this museum focuses on the history of jewish people in Poland and only a small proportion is dedicated to the holocaust. Neverthless it's a very powerful element. I learnt so much, it was fascinating.
Written 6 May 2021
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karol452
Edmonton, Canada1,005 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is a must see in Warsaw. You are given a headset/audio guide which is included in the price of the ticket. Allow at least a couple of hours to read everything. The signs are in English and Polish. This museum discusses Jewish history. My recommendation is go early and use the audio guide.
Written 24 June 2023
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petergab10
Melbourne, Australia667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
POLIN museum makes a statement from its beautiful exterior glass tiles containing inscriptions written Hebrew. Which also faces towards the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw. The museum is dedicated to its Polish Jewish history, l did use the
audio guide which was included in the ticket price to explore the multi-level museum. Which highlights the history and different stages, Polish Jewish people went through in Poland.
Written 7 May 2024
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