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Galicia Jewish Museum

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Galicja Jewish Museum

1. Galicja Jewish Museum

The Galicia Museum is meant to honor the victims  of the Holocaust and to celebrate the Jewish heritage of Galicia. The permanent exhibition 'Traces of Memory', the result of twelve years of artistic work, is a reminder of the 800-year history of Jewish culture in Poland. Over 140 photographs made by the museum’s founder present the remnants of the Jewish presence in southern Poland - the former Galicia. The exhibition is also a record for the process of destruction of Jewish culture by the Nazis during WWII. The museum was established by Chris Schwarz, a British photographer whose numerous photos are related to Jewish culture in Poland. Chris Schwarz was the Museum’s director before he died in 2007. The Museum houses an exhibition space, a cafe, temporary exhibitions and concerts, meetings with authors, lectures and workshops. The museum also has a bookshop offering books in Polish, English and German about Jewish life and culture, as well as the Holocaust, Jewish thought, identity and literature. 

Krakow: Galicia Jewish Museum Private Guided Tour with ticke

2. Krakow: Galicia Jewish Museum Private Guided Tour with ticke

Immerse yourself in Krakow's turbulent history on a guided tour of the Galicia Jewish Museum and the enchanting Jewish quarter. Visit a one-of-a-kind museum with a large collection of Jewish artifacts. Walk through fascinating exhibitions with a knowledgeable guide and learn facts about Krakow's Jewish history. Discover what daily life was like for Jews in the city, how they survived Holocaust, and what they accomplished in Krakow. Inside the museum, admire several internationally acclaimed photo collections, as well as an exciting range of temporary exhibitions, both curated in-house and sourced from around the world. You can also extend your tour with a tour of the Kazimierz District, Krakow's historic Jewish Quarter. Here, admire traditional architecture that is characteristic of Jewish culture, small alleys, and synagogues. Enjoy a detailed commentary from your private local guide. With the 4-hour tour, enjoy access to Tempel Synagogue. Enjoy a guided tour of the synagogue's interior and learn about its rich history.

Kraków: Oskar Schindler Factory Private Tour

3. Kraków: Oskar Schindler Factory Private Tour

Visiting the Factory begins with meeting your guide in front of the main gate of the Museum. The guide will take you without the queue to the place where the "Cracow under Nazi Occupation" exhibition begins, located on 3 levels of the factory. The exhibition is arranged chronologically and begins with a presentation of life in Krakow before the outbreak of World War II. Then the guide across the various exhibition rooms will tell you how the terror of war was increasing and how the situation of individual people was affected by the presence of the Nazis in Krakow. During the route you will see, for example, the original weapons from the war in the form of a small German Goliath tank and weapons used by members of the resistance movement. You will visit a replica of a real apartment in the Krakow Ghetto and, you find out the luxuries and privileges of Nazi life in the occupied city. The guide will show you the locations where the movie "Schindler's List" was filmed and will tell you true and controversial stories from the life of Oscar Schindler. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to the newly opened Nazi labor camp. The tour ends at a symbolic window where your guide will show people from Schindler's list and tell their further fate. A guided tour of the Schindler's Factory is the best place to not only fully get to know, but also understand what happened in Krakow over 80 years ago.

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What people are saying about Galicia Jewish Museum

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 389 reviews

I was really impressed with this museum. It was set up really well with different collections of pictures relating to the Jewish community in Krakow. Spent a good two hours here reading about the images and looking at the pictures. We arrived at opening time (10am) which was good as it was fairly empty which made it easier to reflect on the images and information that you were viewing. I would definitely recommend visiting this museum.


The photographic exhibition itself is very interesting. Things you need to look at: I was told that I needed to print my ticket. Not practical when you’re a tourist. Is there a mobile app? Didn’t see it on the website. You need to consider your security, or lack of it. Don’t you read the news?

After the confusion of the start about children's authors, the exhibition shows lives of the Jewish people before during and after the war, which was interesting to see from a different perspective. This was the last thing we saw before we left krakow, spent an hour here