Polin -Museum Of The History Of Polish Jews
Without a doubt, this is a MUST visit for anyone who is travelling through Warsaw! Be ready to spend there few hours!
Directions to Polin -Museum Of The History Of Polish Jews
Formally founded in 2005 by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, the City of Warsaw, and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Museum is an unique and unprecedented initiative, spanning many fields of research and drawing on the expertise of scholars and museum professionals from around the world. We also work with the community-at-large to create a vibrant place of exchange and dialogue where all have the opportunity to express their views, ask questions, and grow.
Occupying around 4 000 sq m (ca. 43 000 sq ft), the Museum’s Core Exhibition will immerse visitors in the world of Polish Jews, from their arrival in Po-lin as traveling merchants in medieval times until today. The exhibition was developed by an international team of more than 120 scholars working under the direction of Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett from New York University. It was produced by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland thanks to the support of donors from all over the world. Each of the eight galleries presents a different chapter of the story of Polish Jews, enabling visitors to come into intimate contact with those who lived each story through images, artifacts, first-person accounts, and interactive multimedia.
The Museum stands in what was once the heart of Jewish Warsaw – an area which the Nazis turned into the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. This significant location, coupled with the Museum’s proximity to the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, demanded extreme thoughtfulness on the part of the building’s designers, who carefully crafted a structure that has become a symbol of the new face of Warsaw. The design by the Finnish studio Lahdelma & Mahlamäki was selected in an international competition. In 2008, with the building still under construction, it received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award (2008).
You can get the Museum:
111, 180 (bus stop: Nalewki Muzeum)
4, 15, 35 (tram stop: Muranów)
17, 33, 37, 41 (tram stop: Anielewicza)
Ratusz Arsenał stop
From Warsaw Central railway station:
By tram: 17, 33, 37, 41 (direction Żoliborz; tram stop: Anielewicza)
From Warsaw Chopin Airport:
By bus: 175 (transfer to tram at Warsaw Central railway station); 188 (transfer to trams 17, 33, 37, 41 at GUS stop)
On weekends visitors can use the museum carpark on Anielewicza Street, spaces permitting.