Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow

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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 at the forefront of your travel plans using our Krakow online trip builder .
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  • a really interesting museum. plan to spend between an hour and an hour and a half. lots of reading to be done and at the end is a book shop with many interesting books to buy. also café where you can ...  more »
  • Dairy of a Jewish teenager forms the backbone of this museum's exhibit. Interesting, I learnt many new things today. We must not forget the lessons from history.  more »
  • Very moving exhibition about the diary of a young girl in the ghetto. Very sad but informative stories about Polish and Jewish families.  more »
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  • Stunning photographs. Well structured into 5 parts taking you through the history of the Jews in Galicia and Poland. I spent well over 2 hours here as there is much to read . Thought provoking. Not crowded. There were only 4 of us in there. There is a small coffee bar serving drinks and cake, and a bookshop. There are no seats in the museum so it could be tiring for some.
  • To understand Krakow's past, present, and future plan a visit here. While the museum is of a modest size, it is very well designed, weaving together stories of what happened to individuals and the Jewish population broadly. Most people don't realise Poland once had the largest population of Jews in the world. The Holocaust destroyed that although Jewish life in Krakow and Poland has not been broken - it continues. The photographs that document what is left of Jewish heritage in Poland are stunning. On one hand, they are deeply tragic but on the other hand, the desire of Jewish and non Jewish Poles to memorialise those who were lost gives hope. We need to learn from what happened so that when we say "Never Again" - we really mean it.
  • Mostly photos, not artifacts. No benches to sit on to rest legs between exhibits. Would recommend Oskar Schindler factory or pomorska st museum over this.
  • Remnants of a people, of Galicia, of memories. Comprehensive repository of memories, pictures, diaries of the drama of a world and a region that was Galicia that disappeared with the 2nd WW. The exhibition is about all that, photos are documenting that loss and supplementing what is left and helping keep its memory alive.
  • It was a very strong experience reading the diary of a teenager in the Lodlz gettho. Very useful to have explanation on screen about topics.

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