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. Make Galicia Jewish Museum part of your personalized Krakow itinerary using our Krakow travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 19, 2017
    My mother-in-law is from Galicia, so we went in. Were not too impressed, even though it has a lot of information about extinct Jewish communities. Sad.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The permanent exhibition "Traces of Memory" is a touching and well devised way of remembering Jewish life in Poland. Very well done. Awesome photography and well documented comments.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Casually pass through the door, in fact do not visit the Museum, but the library is excellent, with interesting books in several languages and a good price.
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  • Very powerfully done. The photos are stunning, and the text very well crafted. And it lets you in on so many stories you'd never find on your own
  • A very nice renovated old building with an open space, yet don't expect to find many historical artefacts here, it's more of a gallery of photos then and now with extended descriptions in both English and Polish. Very informative, certainly worth a visit!
  • There is nothing to see but pictures. I don't know why it got this high recommend.
  • An interesting perspective on Jewish life and the holocaust. When I visited the gallery told the story of Poland's Jews through 4 stages, using modern photography. Visitors should give the museum a decent amount of time to appreciate the content on display.
  • Nice place to visit and good explanations to pictures. Also a Jewish book store is available inside

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