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POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

ul. Anielewicza 6
tel. +48 22 471 03 01
http://www.polin.pl/

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews is located in a state-of-the-art building that aroused in Muranów, in the centre of the former Jewish district. The aim of the institution is to restore memory about the centuries of common Polish and Jewish history.

About

Locating the Museum in Muranów is no coincidence. Before World War II, this was the central point of a district inhabited mostly by the Jewish population, while during the war and after setting up the ghetto, the building served as the seat of Judenrat, a ghetto council selected by German authorities. Also, this was where the Germans – having put down the ghetto uprising – established the "Gęsiówka" concentration camp. Yet, this place deserves a special chapter in the history not only due to war-time events. In 1970, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Willi Brandt knelt down in a historic gesture at the foot of the Monument of the Ghetto Heroes, right on the opposite side of today's Museum. This event was hailed symbolic German apologies for the crime of Holocaust. The modern Museum is to give this site another mission: by becoming the centre of dialogue, it is to build new layers of the common ground between the two so tragically tried nations.
The building design was selected by way of an international competition won by a Finnish team of architects, whose design represents a range of symbolic meanings. The uniform, glass façade is split by a gigantic crack evoking connotations with the Biblical crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelis. Glass panels covering the elevation are embellished with letters taken from Latin and Hebrew alphabets, signifying the word "Polin". In Hebrew, the word means Poland, but it may also be interpreted as the phrase "here you will rest". Some believe the latter was regarded as a good omen by Jews wandering across medieval Europe torn apart by religious conflicts and thus they began to settle down in great numbers on the Polish land. The territory was perceived as an oasis of tolerance, unique in Europe of that time. As a result, in the 16th century Poland was home to approx. 80% of the world Jewish population.
The contemporary architecture of the building corresponds ideally with tasks assigned to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the aim of which is to adopt an innovative approach to presenting 1000 years of coexistence of the Polish and Jewish nations.
A permanent exhibition was opened to public in 2014. The facility also holds various kinds of meetings, concerts, theatre performances and other events.

Opening hours and Admission

Opening hours:
Mon., Thu., Fri. 10 am-6 pm (last entry at 4 pm)
Wed., Sat., Sun. 10 am-8 pm (last entry at 6 pm)
On Tuesdays the museum is closed.

Admission:
Permanent exhibition:
regular - 25 PLN, reduced - 15 PLN, family (max. 2 adults and 4 children under 18) - 55 PLN. On Thursdays admission is free.

Permanent and temporary exhibition:
regular - 30 PLN, reduced - 20 PLN, family (max. 2 adults and 4 children under 18) - 65 PLN

Temporary exhibition:
regular - 12 PLN, reduced - 8 PLN, family (max. 2 adults and 4 children under 18) - 30 PLN

Events organized at the Museum (concerts, performances, etc.) will be priced individually. Please check the current program for details.

Tickets available online at bilety.polin.pl in the Polin Museum.
Reservations can be made by telephone, from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm:
tel. +48 22 471 03 01, rezerwacje@jewishmuseum.org.pl

The joined ticket - admission to the permanent exhibition at POLIN Museum and temporary exhibitions of the Emanuel Ringelblum's Jewish Historical Institute, to the historic Nożyk's synagogue and the Jewish cemetery at Okopowa street - ticket price: 40 PLN standard, 25 PLN reduced.

 

Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski)

pl. Zamkowy 4
tel. +48 22 355 51 70
http://www.zamek-krolewski.pl

The interior decoration features salvaged works of art and elements of furnishings from the old Castle. Worth seeing are also Rembrandt's paintings.

About

The former residence of Polish kings and the seat of the Sejm of the Two Nations Republic. The classicist era marked the castle’s heyday in the 18th century, during the reign of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. Destroyed during World War II by the Nazis, the palace has been restored thanks to the efforts of the entire nation; the interior decoration features salvaged works of art from the old Castle. Worth seeing are the Great and the Royal Suite with the Great, the Throne and Canaletto Halls (featuring 22 original paintings by Bernard Belloto called Canaletto), the Senators Hall, in which the Constitution of May 3 passed in 1791 is exhibited, along with Rembrandt's paintings "Girl in the Picture Frame" and "Scholar at the Desk”.
The Kubicki Arcades (Arkady Kubickiego) exhibit archaeological objects and manor lodgings. The Pod Blachą Palace (Pałac pod Blachą) presents a unique collection of eastern rugs from the Teresa Sahakian Foundation collection.

Opening hours and Admission

Opening hours:

Castle Route: exhibition The Castle - From Destruction to Reconstruction,The Lanckoroński Collection (Rembrandt's Paintings, Gallery of Paintings, Sculpture and the Decorative Arts),The Great Apartment, The  King's Apartment, The Four Seasons' Gallery, The New Deputies' Chamber, The Senators' Chamber, The New Deputies' Chamber, The Matejko Rooms and The Numismatic Cabinet.

2 May - 30 September: Mon - Wed, Fri-Sat 10 am 6 pm, Thr 10 am 8 pm, Sun 11am - 6 pm 

1 October - 30 April: Tue - Sat 10am - 4 pm, Sun 11 am - 4 pm

The Kubicki Arcades - exhibitions

2 May - 30 September: Mon - Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11am - 6 pm 

1 October - 30 April: Tue - Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 11am - 5 pm 

The Tin-Roofed Palace: Apartment of Prince Joseph Poniatowski

2 May - 30 September: Mon - Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11am - 6 pm 

1 October - 30 April: Tue - Sat 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 11am - 4 pm

The Kubicki Arcades and The Royal Gardens  are open until 8 pm in summer season (2 May - 30 September) and until 5 pm in the period 1 October - 30 April 

Admission:

Castle Route: regular - 30 PLN, reduced - 20 PLN, children under the age of 16 - 1 PLN, family ticket - 15 PLN/person
Sundays - admission free (route is shorter)
Temporary exhibition in Kubicki Arkades and historical tunnel: admission free
Tin-Roofed Palace: regular - 15 PLN, reduced - 10 PLN, children under the age of 16 - 1 PLN, family ticket - 10  PLN/person, on Sundays admission free
Numismatic Cabinet: ticket for Castle Route or separate regular - 7 PLN, reduced - 5 PLN, children under the age of 16 - 1 PLN, family ticket - 5 PLN/person,  on Sunday closed

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