Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow

4.2
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Visit Galicia Jewish Museum, a small but modern museum in a culturally rich Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. The exhibits attempt to showcase the vibrant life that the neighborhood was once known for. It was founded in 2004 by photojournalist Chris Schwarz to celebrate the Galicia Jewish population that was decimated in World War II. The central exhibit features a series of photographs called "Traces of Memory" that share the history of the Galicia Jews over 800 years. Three different temporary exhibits rotate through the attraction year-round. The open space, resembling a factory, is popular for events, concerts, film screenings, and lectures. Visit the attraction's website for a current schedule. Both the founder of the museum and the scholar who helped him are British, so all the information is available in English. Put Galicia Jewish Museum into our Krakow online trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Krakow.
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  • This museum really got to me. The photos are incredible and give such an insight into Jewish life in the city- the horrible things that happened but also the enduring spirit and culture of the...  more »
  • Really good perspective from a families point of view during the war. Taken from diary input and some wax drawings to depict their story gives you an immersive experience. Would highly recommend this!  more »
  • A fascinating photographic story about Jewish history over the past 100 years, with each section focusing on a different aspect of life, the holocaust and recent renaissance in the city. More...  more »
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  • Very informative museum with great captures that bring history to life. A bit too much information for which a couple hours need to be reserved, but a great experience overall.
  • Very interesting museum showing a collection of pictures from the 1970s, impact of the holocaust and how the Jewish community has reestablished itself in Kraków. The museum has its own collection of bees and whilst we were there, there was an exhibition of how you extract honey from the hives. It was quiet whilst we were there plus there is a large book shop as well.
  • An interesting collection of photographs, but while the lengthy descriptions of each picture are interesting there's just too much information to absorb. Perhaps a one-line caption above the long description would help? However, there's a good bookshop and café.
  • Excellent emotive photographs, with commentary that can be downloaded. Well worth a visit, as long as you have access to the commentary via your mobile. Expands your understanding of the area immensely.
  • 4.3 underrates this museum. It's not that large & is more a permanent photography exhibit than a full museum (whatever that means...). Its collection of photos is organized to show a contrast between Jewish life in Communist Poland to more contemporary life and how modern Poland and its Jewish community are reconciling or not with their past. Many Polish Jewish sites or memories are fading or eroding and this exhibit poignantly captures them for posterity.

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