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Pawiak Prison Museum

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Address: ul. Dzielna 24/26, Warsaw 00-162, Poland
Phone Number: +48 22 831 92 89
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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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Tells the 39-44 story well

What this museum does well is not just telling the story of the suffering but puts a human face to it. Caricatures, letters, possessions and crafts from inmates gives you a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
71 attraction reviews
524 helpful votes 524 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

What this museum does well is not just telling the story of the suffering but puts a human face to it. Caricatures, letters, possessions and crafts from inmates gives you a connection. The numbers of inmates, deportees and executions are staggering. Staff are very friendly.

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Scotland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

A small museum but sobering and informative. I already knew quite a bit of the history associated with this prison, but to see it, to see the prisoners' pictures, to read their letters, and see how people were expected to exist brings it home that this was how people were treated not that long ago. Very thought provoking.

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Limerick, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A lot of evil crimes were perpetrated here and the feeling of dead is still palpable, It was a sunny day when we visited this musem but the temperature in here was cold. The most moving part of this is the tree outside with the names of the victims it's hard to equate each name was a living breathing person... More 

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Not much of the building remains. The parts that do show murder as a mormal days work. The barbed wire over the gate is a moving remnanr of the remains. The memorial tree shows the death notices of onnocent women, children and men

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Stockholm, Sverige
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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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Lake Elsinore, California
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34 helpful votes 34 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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Denmark
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58 helpful votes 58 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
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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
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10 helpful votes 10 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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102 helpful votes 102 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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