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Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw: 2 reviews and 3 photos
It's not hard to guess that this museum isn't an easy to go place. With over 300 000 Jews, Warsaw was a centre of Jewish life in Eastern Europe with all its ups and downs. The Holocaust put an end to this community, which is only slowly recovering again. Life and death are both present in this museum, heavily loaded with facts and pictures from the past. It's not easily accessible to the visitor at all, but very informative and if you have an interest in this topic, you will be rewarded with an excellent experience.
The museum is located in the former Jewish library. The adjoining main synagogue was destroyed in WWII and stood where you will now see the Peugeot building. The first floor is dedicated to the history of the Jews in Warsaw itself, ending with the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The focus is on the years of Nazi occupation. If you have time, see the 40 minute documentary film which is very impressive. The second floor is dedicated to Jewish life in general, with religious items and art exhibitions. Until the opening of the Warsaw Ghetto Museum (a project, which took longer than expected to finish), this is the only museum dedicated to Jewish life in Warsaw. The entry fee was 10 Zloty as of 2010.
Address: ul. Tlomackie 3/5, Warsaw
Directions: Next to the Peugeot Building, west of the old town
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