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Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw

We will have an extra day in Warsaw before a tour and would like to go to this museum. There isn't much about it in the Guidebook that we have (2013), probably because the "Core Exhibition" wasn't open yet. Has someone been there? Would you recommend?

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It was under construction when I was last in Warsaw (I was born there). I would most definitely go see it - it has been years in the making and reflects a very important history in Warsaw and in Poland. Everything I have read about it has been positive (you can also check on TripAdvisor to see what others have said - see link below).
http://www.polin.pl/en
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g274856-d573045-Reviews-POLIN_Museum_of_the_History_of_Polish_Jews-Warsaw_Mazovia_Province_Central_Poland.html

If you have more time, also try to check out the Warsaw Rising Museum, as it is excellent.
http://www.1944.pl/en/
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g274856-d1154437-Reviews-Warsaw_Uprising_Museum-Warsaw_Mazovia_Province_Central_Poland.html

Posted by
199 posts

Thank you, Agnes. We'll definitely plan to see it, and I'll check it out on TripAdvisor. We'll see the Warsaw Uprising Museum the following day on our tour.

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2092 posts

I visited Warsaw last May and went to this museum, I highly recommend, well-worth a visit. It takes you through centuries of their history with fascinating displays and I spent a good 2 hours seeing everything--I travel solo so perhaps move more quickly through museums, so allow 2-3 hours. I was staying in the New Town area and walked there easily in about 20 minutes using my map.

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199 posts

Thanks, Christa! I'll be with my husband, so we better allow 3+ hours. Good to know that it's worth the time. Really looking forward to our trip to Poland!

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2092 posts

I went to Poland on a whim last year--Krakow, Warsaw & Gdansk--and was totally bowled over by the experience, truly a lovely country and very kind & hospitable people--I hope you have an excellent trip!

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189 posts

I visited this museum August 2015 and it is a wonderful museum, but somewhat overwhelming. A friend and I spent almost four hours in the Core Exhibition, and did not finish it. We realized that we lingered too long in the earlier sections (it's set up chronologically over 1000 years), but really had no idea how much there was to see! Everything is in both English and Polish, and you learn a lot about Polish history as well as Jewish history. They have a nice cafe with lots of food choices, so you can break up your visit if you want to. Definitely recommended.

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11613 posts

I was there just before it opened, but there was a tour of the space. Can't wait to go back. There are lots of other sights in Warzawa related to the Ghetto Uprising - take the walk from the museum to Mila 18, there is a marked path.