POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw

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  • Museum treated that well does trace the history of Polish Jews ... stop that I recommend for visitors to Warsaw
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  • I was skeptical when advised to allow 2-4 hours at the museum - a challenge to my attention span - and yet 2 1/2 hours plus passed so quickly. The museum takes you from original Jewish settlements in ...  more »
  • Came because felt obligated but stayed for hours because it was interesting and well thought of...someone did a great job in designing the visitor's experience and exhibitions.  more »
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  • Beautiful building. Yet the historical narrative of the exhibition is a bit of a disaster. Myself and other student friends; most of whom have background in history had many issues with the execution of the exhibition. The superior Warsaw Uprising Museum (which this exhibit derives much of it's information) doesn't have these problems. Much of the exhibition is reading - which is fine. However, not when most of what is said comes from random excerpts of unimportant and questionable sources. Could comments not be found of any prominent figures or were they left out to skew the narrative? Of which there was no way to quickly deduce what period a certain room was and what the overarching story was included in it's contents. Anybody who really has a proper interest in history will be very disappointed by the lack of professionalism of the place. I advise just walking in, admiring the lobby and go exploring one of Warsaw's other, better attractions.
  • For a non-European with very little background in European history, the museum was a disappointment. I am no expert in museums, but this museum really wasn't well thought out. A lot of resources have evidently been invested in making the place visually stunning, with a lot of "interactive" and audiovisual exhibits, but I didn't feel like the museum was trying to guide me through a thousand years of the history of Polish Jews. Yes the different sections are chronologically arranged, but at every point I felt like I was missing some crucial piece of information to understand what was being shown around me. There wasn't in depth information about what was being shown either, often there were just some visuals with a quote from a random person, which make no sense when presented without appropriate context. I didn't take the audio guide, because I was told the exhibits were self-explanatory and did not require any further information. Now I wonder if I should have taken an audio guide. I would love to be wrong in my assessment of this museum, because I honestly expect much more from a place like this. Maybe, I need to read up a lot more about Jewish history in general, but then a museum ought to be designed with complete amateurs in mind. On a slightly positive note (also why the place got three stars and not the two it actually deserves), there was also a temporary exhibition called Krew (blood), which was indeed well done, even though it was fairly small.
  • Excellent museum. Very well laid out. 3 hours just flew by in here. I really enjoyed the audio guide too.
  • I travel around the world a lot and this is by far the most amazing museum i have ever been at, especially in europe! And I don't like museums too much. has a lot of interactive things for people of all ages and a very comprehensive study of Jewish life in Poland.
  • So interesting museum and every time a new exhibition. The design of presenting this topic to the public is very catchy and interacting. Definitely worth it. Plus, Thursday's are free of charge! 👍🏼

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