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POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews is located in a state-of-the-art building that aroused in Muranów, in the centre of the former Jewish district. The aim of the institution is to restore memory about the centuries of common Polish and Jewish history.

ul. Anielewicza 6 (map)
tel. +48 22 471 03 01
fot. Zbigniew Panów pzstudio.pl
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Locating the Museum in Muranów is no coincidence. Before World War II, this was the central point of a district inhabited mostly by the Jewish population, while during the war and after setting up the ghetto, the building served as the seat of Judenrat, a ghetto council selected by German authorities. Also, this was where the Germans – having put down the ghetto uprising – established the "Gęsiówka" concentration camp. Yet, this place deserves a special chapter in the history not only due to war-time events. In 1970, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Willi Brandt knelt down in a historic gesture at the foot of the Monument of the Ghetto Heroes, right on the opposite side of today's Museum. This event was hailed symbolic German apologies for the crime of Holocaust. The modern Museum is to give this site another mission: by becoming the centre of dialogue, it is to build new layers of the common ground between the two so tragically tried nations.
The building design was selected by way of an international competition won by a Finnish team of architects, whose design represents a range of symbolic meanings. The uniform, glass façade is split by a gigantic crack evoking connotations with the Biblical crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelis. Glass panels covering the elevation are embellished with letters taken from Latin and Hebrew alphabets, signifying the word "Polin". In Hebrew, the word means Poland, but it may also be interpreted as the phrase "here you will rest". Some believe the latter was regarded as a good omen by Jews wandering across medieval Europe torn apart by religious conflicts and thus they began to settle down in great numbers on the Polish land. The territory was perceived as an oasis of tolerance, unique in Europe of that time. As a result, in the 16th century Poland was home to approx. 80% of the world Jewish population.
The contemporary architecture of the building corresponds ideally with tasks assigned to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the aim of which is to adopt an innovative approach to presenting 1000 years of coexistence of the Polish and Jewish nations.
A permanent exhibition was opened to public in 2014. The facility also holds various kinds of meetings, concerts, theatre performances and other events.

Opening hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday 10 am - 6 pm (last entrance for visitors at 4 pm)
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am - 8 pm (last entrance for visitors at 6 pm)

Permanent exhibition:
regular - 25 PLN, reduced - 15 PLN, family (max. 2 adults and 4 children under 18) - 55 PLN
on Thursdays admission free

Temporary exhibition:
regular - 12 PLN, reduced - 8 PLN, family (max. 2 adults and 4 children under 18) - 30 PLN

Permanent and temporary exhibition (combined ticket):
regular - 30 PLN, reduced - 20 PLN, family (max. 2 adults and 4 children under 18) - 65 PLN

Events organized at the Museum (concerts, performances, etc.) will be priced individually. Please check the current program for details.
Tickets available online at bilety.polin.pl in the Polin Museum.
Reservations can be made by telephone, from Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm:
tel. +48 22 471 03 01, rezerwacje@jewishmuseum.org.pl
The combined ticket - admission to the permanent exhibition at POLIN Museum and temporary exhibitions of the Emanuel Ringelblum's Jewish Historical Institute, to the historic Nożyk's synagogue and the Jewish cemetery at Okopowa Street: regular - 40 PLN, reduced - 25 PLN

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