Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), Gdansk

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The Museum of the Second World War (Polish: Muzeum II Wojny Światowej) is a state cultural institution established in 2008 and a museum in Gdańsk, Poland which is devoted to the Second World War.

Kwadrat architectural team won the architectural competition for the building of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.
Under new management, the museum faced criticism from deviating from its original exhibits, designed by well-known historians. The new exhibits placed a high emphasis on the victimization of ethnic Poles during the war. Several of the original authors filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement when the exhibits were changed without consultation, which they won in October 2020.
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  • This is more than a museum-it is an expertly documented history of WW2. The exhibits go across many levels and are extremely informative. The whole tour (you do in your own time) could take a few...  more »
  • I was very taken with the building as I approached it. Slanted outward like looking up at the front of a ship, The busy museum takes at least two to three hours to cover. It has alot about how the...  more »
  • We had such a great afternoon here at the museum, its very big so allow a good few hours atleast. So interesting would love to come back again.  more »
  • Not to be missed when in Gdansk! This is by far the best WWII museum I've ever been to. Housed in an incredible contemporary building, with all the new technologies and valuable exhibitions to feel the terror of the war. The whole experience melted my soul to the point it inspired me to get a tattoo about freedom. One of the best attractions in Gdansk, many congratulations to the wonderful people of Poland who built this monumental museum! Words aren't enough, you need to visit that place.
  • Better than history class. Well done exhibition. Interesting presentation. I wish the last presentation before exit would be changed a bit. But the rest is definitely gods quality. Definitely must see place when visiting Gdansk.
  • It is a nice museum but I would appreciated more exhibits. There is an M4 Sherman and T-34 on display but I honestly wanted to see more weapons and artifacts from the war. Too much space focusing on politics and the holocaust. The holocaust was important but there are already many, many museums in Poland dedicated to it. It is a good museum and worth a visit.
  • On one hand the museum is super-big, informative, with rich exposition. On another hand, you can see that current Polish government took their time to adjust the historical reviews of some events under their perspective. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, Google it, they actually did. But in total - very decent museum, worth visiting!
  • This museum has a very good distribution which allows you to fully appreciate the exhibition. The collection takes you back in time, allowing you to feel and understand the horror of the war. You must store your belongings in a locker before entering the exhibition (bring some coins). You can also rent an audio guide which is not expensive and totally worth it.

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