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Should we get an English-speaking guide to tour the Museum of the History of Polish Jews?

We are debating whether to use an English-speaking guide as we tour the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, or whether we should simply use the audio guides available at the museum. We would be there for three to four hours. Thank you.

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We were there last summer and found the audio guide quite good.. As we recall, the signage on displays also included English. The audio guide allows you to go at your own pace, take a restroom break or grab a snack. With a guide, though, you'd have an opportunity to ask questions.

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POLIN is very good museum. Audio-guides + multimedia inside the museum are working well. It's very interesting place. As Kathy mentioned - with personal guide you have opportunity to ask questions and explore more in given subject if you wish to do so.

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I toured this excellent museum in 2015 and there is very detailed info in English as well as the audio guide, no need for a guide unless you feel more info is warranted. I spent 3 hours.

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We were there in June and I agree with the others. Just use the audio guide and the English signage and you'll do fine. On the other hand, if you wish more details, or don't want to read, then go with the guide. Have a great trip.

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I easily spent 3-4 hours at this museum and could have spent more! The signage is all in both English and Polish, so a guide is not absolutely necessary. That said, the museum offers regularly scheduled group tours (in English). This might be a way to get a good overview of the museum. I have several friends who took this tour and spoke highly of it. An audio tour is another way to go ( although I find them tedious, but that's just me!)

It's a wonderful museum. Highly recommended!

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They also have a wonderful website. I'm partial since they published one of my articles...