Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej)

Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej)

Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej)
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  • Lucia T
    Cork, Ireland9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insightful museum visit
    This was maybe the best historic museums I’ve ever visited. Not only is the building impressive but the way the tragic story of WWII is depicted and shown is critical, well researched and has plenty of material - objects, film and text. This museum should be on everyone’s to do list for Gdańsk!
    Visited June 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2023
  • michcarl
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick Visit to the Museum
    Really enjoyed our trip to the Museum, which cost next to nothing. A lot of information on the second world war and maybe a little too much information on some topics, all in all had a great time wondering around. The building is impressive, clean and staff are helpful and friendly.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2023
  • Arden24
    Market Harborough, United Kingdom550 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought provoking
    We chose to have an audio guided tour which worked by GPS. Every time you stepped over the threshold of a room the commentary kicked in. When the commentary for that particular room finished you were given time to browse and were told which room to head for next. The tour took about 1.5 hours. We didn't look at any of the temporary exhibits as we were a bit 'museumed' out after the audio tour. We did stop for coffee which was good. Clean toilets.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 19, 2023
  • Nikwillz
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You have to visit!
    What an amazing museum, the audio tour was informative, interesting and kept me totally engaged with all on display. There is so much to see and it is so well done. It takes a good three hours to see it all and I almost wished I could have opted for a weekend ticket and split the tour over a few days. It’s not an easy journey through the various exhibitions but I honestly believe everyone should visit the museum to see the futility of war.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Gary G
    Saint Louis, Missouri21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history lesson told in a very objective fashion. WW II was a disaster, caused by authoritarian fascists
    This was a complete and very well-exhibited overlook onto the disaster we call World War II. It began in the pre-war era of appeasement, and with the rise to power of fascists Hitler and Mussolini. It would be very hard for an open minded person not to perceive the great parallel between Mussolini, who had The Forum in Rome excavated "to show Italians that they once were a great people" and Mr. Trump's declaration of the press as the enemy, and his "Make America Great Again" theme. Mussolini's and Trump's body postures and utter disregard for the truth are quite similar. Mussolini ended up hung upside down from a lightpost after he and his mistress were assassinated after the Italian surrender. With any luck, Mr Trump will someday gain a similar fate, once his minions realize that he has been shamelessly leading them to ruin. Further, history condemns those who ignore it, to repeat it. In America, we have book bannings, just a step below book burnings, in which Nazis engaged repeatedly. It should give the book-banners pause to know how well they are emulating Germany's Nazis.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 22, 2023
  • marie
    Bradford, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Spent three and a half hours wandering around the museum. Did not read all the information and exhibits as we did not have time if we had could have been there for a couple of days, it was well worth the visit , my middle aged son was very impressed with it and he is not easily pleased. Would recommend it to anyone visiting Gdansk
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 23, 2023
  • cecmau
    Trondheim, Norway324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want your teens to learn about World War II in a different and exciting way, this is the place to go!
    If you want your teens to learn about World War II in a different and exciting way, this is the place to go! You walk around from room to room, and sometimes you will feel like you are back in wartime because the rooms are so well made. Here are interactive rooms where you can try and learn yourself, it's atmospheric and sad - but also made so that it's nice to be there. A mixture of film clips, props from the war and modern technology make this a sight well worth seeing. The ticket price is also very reasonable!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 28, 2023
  • genibre69
    London, United Kingdom3,448 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and yet incredibly sad review of the human impact of WWII
    Spent four hours here and could have spent much longer. An emotionally wrenching but necessary visit. All placards have English translations. Even the temporary exhibits are very informative. A minor criticism I have is that some of the exhibit rooms are too small, so gets VERY cramped when big groups come in.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Maria P
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All about the world war II
    Really worth the time visiting this huge and modern museum. The permanent exhibition covers the start of ww1 and ends with the atomic bomb of Hiroshima. With great quality (and in English) you can learn a lot about the world war 2. A plus is the friendly and English speaking staff.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Brad R
    Colorado45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    Outstanding modern museum. Exhibits span WWI through WWII. Many items and personal stories. Almost all of the exhibits are in English and Polish. We unknowingly went on a free day which meant it was quite busy and were not able to see everything in the 3 hours we had before they closed. Over all excellent!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
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Poleinahole
Switzerland2,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
This is a fantastic and sobering museum. Very spacious, well laid out and with clear explanations in Polish and English. You see photos, films, and actual relics. Really well staged and brought to life.

There’s a special wing for children.

It’s truly a must see attraction when in Gdańsk.

However, it’s a victim of its own success in that it gets very crowded in the morning, especially on rainy days. I waited about an hour to get a ticket (free) and then wait to be admitted. (They limit admittance to ensure the exhibits aren’t too crowded). Almost no chance of getting an audio guide (modest charge) then as they are all sold out. But the exhibit is well laid out and you can find your way with no audio guide or map. It got a bit less crowded at lunch time and by the time I left at 5 pm there were very few people. I’d therefore recommend on timing your visit for mid to late afternoon to avoid the crowds—especially if it’s raining and everyone decides to head to the museums.

I’m a history buff and it took me 5 hours to visit reading all the explanations and viewing the material on display thoroughly. And this was without listening to the audio guide.

I’d therefore recommend visiting after a good breakfast or lunch as I just saw a small cafe type place serving soups, salads, cakes and a pasta type meal of the day.

Don’t worry about having to leave the exhibits to use the toilets. They have thoughtfully provided toilets you can use at several points of the exhibition halls.

And please do also visit the Solidarity Museum, which is even more well done.
Written July 26, 2022
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David L
Bromley, UK194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is an excellent museum, perhaps it suffers in comparison with the ECS which we visited the day before and was probably the best museum I have ever visited. If you are in Gdansk, you should visit both for sure.

The modern building houses a range of facilities, we stuck to the permanent exhibition. It walks you through the events building up to WW2, the war itself, and its aftermath. Subject matter like this could always be accused of bias, but I felt it presented a balanced view of events - eg things like the section on other nationalist groups which took advantage of the war for ethnic cleansing, such as the Ustase in Croatia, the Ukranian nationalists and others was new to me and eye opening. The focus not surprisingly is the effect on Poland, which is fundamental to understanding WW2 anyway, but it covers events in Asia too.

There are around 20 sections to the exhibition and you could easily spend 3 hours going through it. We had to rush a bit towards the end because we had a plane to catch. As you might expect, there is some graphic material in there, especially in the bits about life in concentration camps etc. Parents will have to decide what their children should see, but this is the truth about how things were. One of the main impacts of the exhibition for me was how the war displaced and affected so many people in every part of the normal life we enjoy now, from food to work to entertainment.

The audio guide is well produced and informative, but was not seamless for me - it kept playing me the commentary for rooms adjacent to the one I was actually standing in. Eventually I lost the thread and probably missed out on bits of it. Certainly I wasn't guided through the exhibition in a way that felt I was being walked through the story as Im sure the creators envisaged.

Those minor quibbles aside, this is an impressive museum. For 23PLN entrance its excellent value for money and a must visit. If you are time limited and can only choose one I would have to say it should be the ECS, but the curators here have put together a powerful exhibition that is a must see in Gdansk.
Written February 14, 2020
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johnnyroadmap
Nantwich, UK209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
My wife and I spent 4.5 hours taking in the history of Poland in WW2, it was so interesting with very good interactive social media information and exhibitions. We were lucky as the museum was quiet which allowed us time and space to browse, read and take in everything on show. The audio guide was a great help allowing you time to look at your leisure and then pick up on something new in a different area/room when it was activated.
A definite visit when in Gdansk.
Written March 9, 2020
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK2,066 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This was hands down one of the most comprehensive museums I've ever been to. We were there for hours and hours and still felt like we didn't get the chance to read or see everything. I'd recommend putting aside a minimum of 3 hours. When we first arrived it was quite busy but the museum was so big that the crowds soon broke up. 
Written April 18, 2020
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Andiaa
Krakow, Poland76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
If you are into a well documented place to see the different aspects of WWII, this place is a must see museum in Gdansk. There are lots of details, and lots of information. For us 2 hours and half was definitely not enough so it’s better to allocate around 3 or more hours for seeing the whole museum with the details explained in the audio guide. The museum ticket is for free, and the audio guide costs 7 PLN. Even without the guide you will get all the information written in each section and that could be enough. There are some show rooms playing videos from the war time and there might be some unpleasant scenes so if you are very sensitive, better avoid watching these screens.
The building is modern and the exhibition is well categorized chronologically and also by the countries involved in the war. There was also a temporary exhibition that was also very interesting.
The main exhibition is in floor -3, so the floors up have nothing to do with the exhibition and you can find restaurants and cafes in there.
Written January 3, 2022
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Sara E
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
More than one person had told me this was a must-visit as this was, at least in Poland, the best WWII museum. I can now say I completely agree. It's also, perhaps, one of the best museums I've ever been.

I was especially impressed that it didn't focus solely on World War in Poland but it took us through all the stages leading to the war across the entire world and the many locations where took place.

Unfortuntely we didn't have time to take the audioguides and had to rush our visit in 1h30min but I would recommend at least 3h to properly explore all the museum has to offer.
Written June 23, 2022
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Vidar S
Gdansk, Poland32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We spent 1,5-2 hours visiting the museum. Since our time was limited we had to proceed fast, but we still got to see a lot of the exhibitions. We recommend the audio-system in English, and that worked very well because the system detect where you are through Bluetooth-detectors so that the audio system are talking to you about the room you are actually standing in. Worked very well.
Written February 17, 2020
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Linda
London, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The main exhibition is super interesting, very in depth and accessible to everyone regardless of their knowledge about WW2. Personally I really enjoyed the audio guide, it was easy to understand and we didn't have any issues. It's a lengthy exhibition though - between following the audio guide, reading and analysing the rooms and watch some of the video docs it took us over 3 hours to complete the visit so go with time!
Written August 30, 2020
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Frank
Nordfjordeid, Norway67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The museum is very interesting and well worth your time when visiting Gdansk. I would recommend setting aside at least 3 hours for the visit, and also to bring good walking shoes. The museum is huge! They have collected EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING. They have sections dedicated to everything from the buildup and the years between the wars, the philosophies, the propaganda, everyday life for ordinary people, weapons, train carts, tanks, part of a plane. I literally can't think of anything that could be missing from this exhibit.

There are interactive displays and animations, screening rooms, VR experiences.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit but in hindsight should have worn better suited shoes for walking the enormous complex. I think we missed out on a lot of stuff, and we spent 3,5 hours there.
Written January 26, 2020
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David Andre
Glatton, UK121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Truly outstanding Museum. I was shocked by how big it was inside. The layout was perfect and told the tragic story of WW2 in an amazingly interactive, but focused way. Some of the exhibits were graphic and may not be suitable for small children, but there is ample seating in the hallway that runs down the center. In addition to the museum and requisite gift shop, there is a VR exhibit and a fascinating series of sculptures. Highly recommended, but plan for the better part of a day if you are at all interested in WW2.
Written January 16, 2020
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