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POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Ranked #8 of 436 things to do in Warsaw
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

What an amazing museum! So informative and interactive though a lot of reading so may not be fun for children. 5.5 hours turned out to be too short to finish the whole thing.

Thank Elana G
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

You have audio tour for any language, a really modern museum about jewish poland history, a lot of historical facts presented in a great pedagogical way.
It has stairs but also elevator. On tue and thu entrance is free.

Thank Marcelo B
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

This is a great museum in the heart of the Jewish district. There is so much information here, it is impossible to take it all in, even if you stayed the whole day. Airport style security was a surprise!

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Worthwhile even if price is high.
Make sure to rent the audio tour as well.
Leave two hours at least.
May not be friendly for young kids.

Thank Ben H
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Not only is the building architecturally beautiful but it has been divided into at least 8 galleries (or areas) running from the first encounters of Jews in Poland (965-1500) and ending with Postwar Years (1944 to the present). The audio guide was VERY worthwhile. The museum, as others have noted, deserves sufficient time to really understand and reflect on what is being presented - we spent 4 hours and barely had time to finish. At various times, different outside tour groups with guides leading them in the relevant languages poured through the museum but calm returned soon as they dashed ahead to what I assume were the highlights!
The museum employed various models, interactive video displays, in addition to the normal museum displays of old, rare artifacts to furnish a great overview (and surprisingly important details) of Jewish life in Poland over these thousand years.
You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy and get much out of this experience!

Thank DougS51
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