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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 #28 of 152 Attractions in Warsaw
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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
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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Very interesting museum in the reconstructed Pawiak prison. it's inconceivable how this prison was activating, a lot of authentic drawing of the prison, original prisoners tools and Torture machines and tools, it looks like prisoners lived there yesterday and left. there is a big show room, and then you can stroll the prisoner cells, wile every room has it's own... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I'd passed by this museum in winter, and if it was possible to look worse, being surrounded by snow didn't help. But it's not supposed to look nice - it's the basement and remains of the front gate of Pawiak Prison. The prison was used as a political prison by the Russians then the Nazis for over 100 years and... More

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

There is only a gatepost of the original prison left the remainder having been blown up by the Nazis as they left. The exhibition is housed in a semi-underground bunker which is fittingly chilling. Many of the exhibits focus on individuals and their fate as they were imprisoned and for almost all made their way on to death camps. It... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I have been here twice and needless to say it is an interesting historical place to see. It is important to see it if you are visiting Warsaw. You will inside feel the pain of those political prisoners who were either killed or sent to gas chamberd.

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