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“Mixed feelings on the good side”

Warsaw Uprising Museum
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Pisa, Italy
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“Mixed feelings on the good side”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

The title of this attraction is a little confusing, but it's on the Warsaw Uprising Museum. The staff in my hostel said this was an absolute must-see.
The museum was quite a walk from the old center (old town, tomb of the unknown soldier, etc) but there are buses that can take you close to the front door. The only thing to look for is the tower with the symbol of the Uprising on it. The courtyard is open relatively early, but the museum opens at 10 in general! The courtyard has a wall with all the names of those who fell during the uprising engraved in it, with small arches leading you to the other side where photographs of that point in time are displayed along the wall.
Getting tickets was a bit more of a hassle, in a tiny building with one casier, knowing there was a pretty big line, but that's more a matter of patience.
So, ticket in, and off into the museum (all seperate buildings flanking the courtyard). My initial impression was that it's rather made for parents and children, not really adults, but starting to read and watch made it more and more clear for how broad an audience it's created, which I think is definitly a plus! The content of the museum is quite heavy on the heart, which is of course to be expected. There are numerous different things on display showing many different aspects of the uprising, but also the aftermath.
For me the highlight of the entire museum was the small room filled with love letters from people in the middle of the uprising. It shows that these were regular people, fighting with all their might to overthrow dictatorship, and sacrifing so many along the way. Now, I need to state I got to talk to someone whose parents were involved in the Polish resistance during WOII, and I will honestly say if it weren't for him, this museum would not have impressed me as much. Thus, my mixed feelings. The museum is nice, they even tried to make it fun and certain parts of the uprising are represented spot on, but there were many other aspects that didn't tick any boxes for me. I guess it really is a matter of feeling, there is definitly something in there that everyone will love, but it might hit a miss for you.
For me, it was generally really good, impressive some parts even. Don't have immense expectations, it may not be able to fulfill those, but the museum is capable of impressing, entertaining and educating in a very good way.

Visited August 2014
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“The Poles are fearless”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

I was glad to be able to witness history. There was nothing to dislike. It was an education of what took place. They can be very proud. They are unbowed.

Visited October 2013
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“I had expected better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

Went on a rainy Sunday. First mistake, perhaps. The place was packed. On the other hand, it was free. It shows that this is a rather new museum,a s they displays are a little gimmicky, lots of models to appeal to the kids, but the actual displays are poor, poorly transcribed into English and confusing. The only good bits were historical films and an attempt to chronicle the Warsaw Raising day by day. Having grown up in socialist Eastern Germany, the Warsaw uprising was taught to us in a totally different way, of course, and in the interest of some serious education I would have expected a more detailed exhibition. Funnily enough, I visited the Berlin Exhibition of the Warsaw Uprising, which was outdoors and showed a haunting film of the destruction of Warsaw at the end, which was not shown anywhere in the actual museum. Love history, but this museum disappointed.

Visited July 2014
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Alot to see & read but not chronological”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

We visited on a Friday afternoon & it was quite busy. You have to go past the museum entrance to another building to get the tickets which was extremely busy & only 1 window ticket booth.
When you enter the museum check out the route on the board to your right. We only saw it on the way out & struggled to follow the museum layout. There is a lot to see & even more to read. We were in there for 3 hours & towards the end had started to skip a lot of the info. It helps to realise it is not the ghetto uprising it is the Warsaw uprising which we did not realise immediately!
Well worth a visit but be warned there is a bewildering array of info & its not a logically laid out.

Visited August 2014
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“Sobering Event”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

It showed the courage of so many people who disliked the Nazi's and stood up for their beliefs.
every visitor to Warsaw should visit this museum.

Visited July 2014
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