POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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Warsaw: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Ticket

1. Warsaw: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Ticket

Learn about the centuries of Jewish history in Poland, from when the first communites settled in the country, right up until the present day. Explore 8 different galleries that will educate in an interactive way through visual and audio materials, as well as artifacts and paintings. Discover more about the most significant moments of Jewish history in the country. This includes the birth of the communities, the role of individual Jewish figures throughout Polish society, and how the Holocaust drastically impacted the Jews of Poland. See also how is their culture being revived after the Second World War.

Warsaw: What’s Cooking? Jewish Culinary Experience Ticket

2. Warsaw: What’s Cooking? Jewish Culinary Experience Ticket

Come see the "What’s Cooking?" exhibition devoted to Jewish culinary traditions and customs. Visit the POLIN Museum with this entrance ticket and take a culinary journey across time as you learn about Jewish foods, religion, and culture. Start by learning about a variety of traditions and meals Jews have followed and eaten throughout the ages. Discover how Jews, while migrating, brought various dishes and products with them, from the Middle Ages to the great waves of migration in the 19th and 20th centuries. Guide yourself through the exhibition as you hear the rules of kashrut, the methods of preparing meals that follow the religious foundation of Jewish cuisine. No matter what they put in their pot, the meals are cooked following similar guidelines. Find out why, in the present day, many Jews distance themselves from the tradition or, alternately, seek their roots anew. The exhibition demonstrates the uniqueness of Jewish cuisine and why it is so difficult to define. Uncover secrets of Jewish cuisine as you find out what potato pancakes have in common with latkes, Polish gołąbki with Jewish holishikes. How chulent is different from adafina, and why in New York City pickled gherkins and borsht are considered Jewish food. Marvel at the four sculptures by artist Anna Królikiewicz, which serve as a metaphorical commentary on the narrative devoted to Jewish cuisine.

Warsaw: Skip-the-Line POLIN Museum Private Guided Tour

3. Warsaw: Skip-the-Line POLIN Museum Private Guided Tour

Tour the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews with skip-the-line entrance on a private guided tour and get a review of the over 1000 years-long history of Polish Jews. Learn from your guide about former nationalistic prejudices, how Nazi German soldiers were fought, and about the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. On this tour, you will also have a chance to get familiar with present-day Jewish culture in Poland. During the extended 4-hour option, the tour continues with a stroll through the streets of where the Jewish community lived before World War II. Hear the sad story of when the ghetto walls were raised and about life for over 400 thousand Jews that lived in the 4-kilometer square area.

Warsaw Uprising Museum and POLIN Museum Tour

4. Warsaw Uprising Museum and POLIN Museum Tour

This small-group tour is dedicated to those who want to discover Warsaw in the intimacy of a small group. It means that you can share transport and attractions while touring with others, using a vehicle with a maximum of 8 passengers. With its magnificent historical tenements, state-of-the-art sewage system, rapid growth, style and courtesy, this beautiful city used to be called "The Pearl of the North”. This marvelous city was demolished almost to the last building and the last brick. A generation of people who were not even 20, the future of the country, perished. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews documents the centuries-old history of Jews in Poland. Multimedia exhibitions await visitors, showing how Poles and Jews lived together for many hundreds of years, and how both cultures merged together. In the conventional space, you can get acquainted with family and neighborly relations. The Core Exhibition is a journey through 1000 years of the history of Polish Jews, from the Middle Ages until today.

Warsaw: 4-Hour Old Town, Royal Castle, & POLIN Museum Tour

5. Warsaw: 4-Hour Old Town, Royal Castle, & POLIN Museum Tour

On an intimate 4-hour guided tour of Warsaw’s stunning Old Town, wander through the city square, surrounded by traditional tenements and a beautiful sculpture of the symbol of the city, Siren. Learn about the fascinating history of Warsaw as you pass the Warsaw Barbican and the defensive walls in the Old Town.  Walk down the series of streets once trekked by kings, referred to as the Royal Route. The former communication route of the city, this wide boulevard connects two former royal residences and now brims with cafes, restaurants, and historical attractions. Discover the Castle Square with the famous Sigismund’s Column, and take a guided tour of the magnificent Royal Castle.   The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews documents the centuries-old history of Jews in Poland. Replete with 4,000 square meters of space, multimedia exhibitions, and eight galleries, discover the successive phases of history, beginning with Jewish settlement in Poland. Travel through thousands of years of religious and political diversity, dramatic events in history, the Holocaust, and conclude with contemporary times.

Warsaw: 3-Hour Panoramic City Bus Tour with Pickup

6. Warsaw: 3-Hour Panoramic City Bus Tour with Pickup

Take a 3-hour comprehensive tour of the main highlights of Warsaw on a comfortable air-conditioned bus with a group of 15 participants at most. Learn about the somber and troubled history of the city by visiting some of the remaining sites and monuments to the uprisings and tragedies that took place in Warsaw during WWII. Your knowledgeable guide will also point out some iconic architectural wonders along the way.   Start your trip in the Royal Garden Lazienki, full of monuments that survived the war. The next stop will be the Monument to Warsaw Ghetto Heroes, which commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during WWII. Continue on to Umschlagplatz, one of the most heartbreaking places in Warsaw: on this square, Nazis loaded Jewish people into carriages and transported them to Treblinka concentration camp.   Visit Warsaw’s Old Town, where the Royal Castle is located—destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, the castle was rebuilt in 1984 and remains today one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. In the Old Town you’ll also drive by the Archcathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, one of the most important churches in Warsaw. The building was created in a specific Masovian Gothic style and went through the same destruction and rebuilding as the Royal Castle.     Next, take a stroll through the Old Town with your guide—take in the magical atmosphere of the old town and explore Barbicam, a defensive wall made in the Gothic style with handmade red bricks. Finish off this historical tour with a visit to the Warsaw Uprising Monument, the most expressive and symbolic monument in Warsaw. Here, you can take a moment to process all that you’ve seen during the day.

Warsaw: Lazienki Park & Museum of the History of Polish Jews

7. Warsaw: Lazienki Park & Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Discover two gems of Warsaw on a group tour. After pickup from your hotel, travel to Lazienki Park. The park covers an area of almost 80 hectares and is home to many historical buildings, some dating back as far as the 18th century. Stroll through the grounds like a local and see the Palace on the Island, the Orangery, the statue of Frederic Chopin, the Amphitheater and its renowned paths and alleys. Continue to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, to explore the centuries-old history of Jews in Poland. Multimedia exhibitions will explain the story of how Poles and Jews lived together for hundreds of years and how both cultures merged. The exhibition is made up of eight galleries that present the successive phases of Jewish history, from Jewish settlement in Poland, to the harrowing events of the Holocaust, concluding with contemporary times.

Warsaw: Guided Wilanow Palace and POLIN Tour

8. Warsaw: Guided Wilanow Palace and POLIN Tour

This small-group tour is dedicated to customers who want to discover Warsaw in small groups. It means that you can share transport and attractions while touring with others, using vehicles with a maximum of 8 passengers. Your tour will begin with the Wilanow Royal Palace. Less than 10 kilometers from the center of Warsaw, there is the magnificent Royal Palace of King Jan III Sobieski. The origins of the palace date back to 1677, although in time it became a magnificent villa surrounded by phantasmal gardens because subsequent owners expanded the building. Today, the palace is a work of art, with fantastic gardens and sculptures, as well as magnificent buildings and monuments. The residence has kept traces of former residents, their interests and customs, as well as a collection of artworks that they gathered here. The museum is a place of remembrance about events that are part of the history of Warsaw, and traveling to this amazing place allows you to touch what is important in European culture. You will then move on to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Here you will find documentation of the centuries-old history of Jews in Poland. Multimedia exhibitions await visitors, showing how Poles and Jews lived together for many hundreds of years and how both cultures merged together. Throughout this conventional space, you can get acquainted with family and neighborly relations. The exhibition is made up of eight galleries, spread over an area of 4,000 square meters.

Warsaw: 3-Hour Car Tour of Jewish Warsaw

9. Warsaw: 3-Hour Car Tour of Jewish Warsaw

It is impossible to understand Warsaw without looking at the history of Warsaw's Jews. Before WWII, Warsaw Jews made up 30% of Warsaw’s population. Great names that lived there include Literature Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer, the paediatrician and children’s author Janusz Korczak, the founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio Samuel Goldwyn, and the great composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the main hero of the "The Pianist" by Roman Polanski. After WWII, Jewish Warsaw ceased to exist, but you can still find remnants of the history of two nations in one country.  This 3-hour tour of Jewish Warsaw takes you to places where you can still admire the climate of pre-war multi-cultural Warsaw. You will visit the only synagogue which survived WWII and the Jewish cemetery where famous rabbis, Tzadiks, and Jewish families are buried. You will discover what the words menorah, Torah, Aron Kodesh and mezuzah mean. You will also learn about the symbolic meaning and architecture of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the first and only museum in the world dedicated to the history and present of Polish Jews. Take a look at the synagogue, the last streets of Jewish Warsaw, the Jewish Cemetery, and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews with a local expert.

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Tour

10. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Tour

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews documents the centuries-old history of Jews in Poland. Multimedia exhibitions await, showing you how Poles and Jews lived together for hundreds of years and how both cultures merged together.  The tour of the museum includes the Core Exhibition, which is a journey through 1,000 years of the history of Polish Jews from the Middle Ages to today. The exhibition is made up of eight galleries, spread over 4,000 square meters, presenting the heritage and culture of Polish Jews, which still remains a source of inspiration for Poland and for the world.  The galleries portray successive phases of history, beginning with legends of arrival, the beginnings of Jewish settlement in Poland, and the development of Jewish culture. The museum shows the social, religious, and political diversity of Polish Jews, highlighting dramatic events from the past and concluding with contemporary times.

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What people are saying about POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 121 reviews

Fantastic tour! Very rich in Poland history, just what I needed. The driver was so nice. My tour guide Olav(I’m not sure how to spell his name) was very knowledgeable and patience with all of our questions. I love how passionate he was talking about Polish history. He also pointed out some great restaurants about certain food in the old town which I went back to have- the Polish sweet dumplings. They were delicious!!! I have a complete different view about Poland after my visit to Poland and May I tell you how much I love Poland?!

My girlfriend and I were looking for a nice museum for the afternoon. The POLIN Museum was the effect decision for us. We were able to get in for free because of maybe Thursday promotion, or we caught it the right day? Either way, for the price of the admissions ticket it would have been well worth. 8 standard galleries that cover essentially the entirety of Jewish history in Poland/Europe. Super super cool experience.

Although it was very cold and icy, our guide managed to give us a good picture of Warsa's historical facts and places.

Fascinating museum. Bring your tissues and plan to stay at least three hours.

One of the best museums I've ever visited. Take enough time with you.