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Pawiak Prison Museum

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Address: Ul. Dzielna 24/26, Warsaw 00-162, Poland
Phone Number: +48 22 831 92 89
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 16:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00

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Interesting and educational

I knew very little about the history of Pawiak Prison before my visit to the museum. A google search before my trip was the first I'd ever heard of it. Upon reading a bit about it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I knew very little about the history of Pawiak Prison before my visit to the museum. A google search before my trip was the first I'd ever heard of it. Upon reading a bit about it I decided to visit while I was in Warsaw and it was a great decision. I happened to be there on Polish Independence Day... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Found the museum very educational but at the same time unsettling. Lots of personal items that belonged to some of the people who were held in the prison. The original prison was destroyed, but there is reconstructed cells and items that were Found in the rubble. Worth a visit took us about an hour to look around. Not a big... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I traveled to this museum after reading a book about Irena Sandler. It was free to everyone and very informative/educational. However, when seeing it and hearing the stories about the prisoners, it was difficult to handle.

Thank KathyZWarsaw_Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Eerie and somber from the start, very atmospheric as you look about the cells and read the information, very moving and stirring. Small but well worth a visit

Thank Mike M
Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

So far I have visited Pawiak Museum more than 30 times to pay the respect and tribute for 300000 prisoners who passed the doors of this Prison. The Museum on the other side of Dzielna Street, has the library and the archives files of many prisoners.

Thank LechBK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

If you're short on time, and need to make choices, pick the Gestapo Museum over this place. The Gestapo museum leaves a much stronger impression, is better laid out, and is more interesting than the Pawiak prison - even though Pawiak is a bigger museum. Also, the hours are not reliable. We went there one day and the doors were... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

The place is staffed by Stalin's old crones with all the friendliness you'd expect of them! Zilch! My guidebook and the tourist info said that a visit to this and Szucha should be on the same ticket: admittedly, that's only 10 zloty per visit, but you don't get a great deal at either. My advice: don't go - it's out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Small museum which tells the story of those who were incarcerated here by the Gestapo and what happened to them.Though out of the way worth sparing the time for a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

This eerie old prison symbolises the oppression that has haunted Varsovians over the last two centuries. Originally built in the 1830s, at the order of the ruling Czars, the prison incarcerated many victims of the Nazi reign of terror from 1939-1944, when it served as the largest political prison in Poland. A third of the estimated 100,000 detainees never made... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

A ticket to Pawiak Prison includes entry to Mausoleum of Struggle & Martyrdom (near Lazienki Park). Both museums are quite small, but it will give you a glimpse into the Gestapo regime. Worth a look.

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