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Pawiak Prison Museum

ul. Dzielna 24/26, Warsaw 00-162, Poland
+48 22 831 92 89
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Ranked #24 of 136 Attractions in Warsaw
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Attraction details
Type: Museums
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Stockholm, Sverige
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Very moving museum, I was moved to tears from all the pictures of the prisoners and their affects. The place is small, but enough to give you a good picture over the situation for everyone there. No café or toilets.

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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The museum is small but worthwhile to visit. Lots of history stored in a little place. The exhibits on one side of the museum were easy to read and displayed nicely. You learn a lot of information in a short period of time. The walk there from new town is interesting. A different view of Warsaw from old town.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Very good little museum with lots of information. Well worth a visit. Some here complain that it's too small. Personally I got far more out of a visit here than the rather overwhelming Uprising Museum which takes so long too go round, you can't wait to finish.

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Baku, Azerbaijan
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The prison existed over 100 years and 80 of them had been a prison for political prisoners, however entire museum is focused only at the last 5 years (1939-44), i.e. period of Nazi occupation. Main expositions are filled by exhibit from other prisons (e.g. belongings of prisoners of Auschwitz concentration camp). The previous period of political persecutions by Russian Tsar... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

If you're keen for War history, this is interesting however there is a lot of reading and the museum really is quite small. Wouldn't say it's worth doing if it's really out of your way. However if you have other plans in the local area, it may be a good idea to just pop over to look from the outside.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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155 reviews 155 reviews
66 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We visited as a group, so on arrival, they played an audio recording about the history of the place - not sure everyone gets this. As SallyaT52 says below, the museum isn't that logically laid out but I think that probably mirrors the history of the prison. After paying entry, there's a scale model of how the prison looked, which... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Visited early Saturday morning & it was quite quiet. Its not laid out very logically but it is crammed full of info, some very sad stories and so many horrific atrocities. We spent a couple of hours in there reading all the info & looking at the exhibits including letters, childrens dolls & even some items made of bread by... More 

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Warrington, England
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43 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A very vivid telling of the story of the people who suffered in this prison during WWII mainly. The exhibits are quite detailed but have lots of personality and you feel like you are getting a real insight into the people who were imprisoned here. We went on a Thursday and it was free but would easily have been worth... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

It is a prison museum. In this prison many people got tortured and killed during WWII. Prison cells have been rebuilt in one part of the museum. On the other side of the museum is the history part. The history part is very well done with valuable documents, objects and images. In the whole museum there is only one Star... More 

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you're nearby then pop in but it's not worth going to Warsaw for. It's mostly small items in glass cases and notes telling the story of the prison.

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