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

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

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

Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej)
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Max
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The entire building is really impressive. The museum itself is really well made, everything is really put well together. The only thing that could've been done better in my opinion was to put more scenery like the streets etc. This would make it more engaging than walls of texts with occasional climactic rooms. Overall though, for sure a great place and totally worth visiting.
Written August 16, 2022
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Doncikas
37 contributions
This is a must-visit place. The museum is spacious, well laid out, and with clear explanations. There is a lot of information and facts about the terrible period of humanity. It is necessary to plan 3-4hours to spend there and to take an audio guide.
Written July 28, 2022
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Poleinahole
Switzerland1,985 contributions
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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Richard S
13 contributions
Family
We were so impressed with this Museum which was so powerful and full of information of the sad period of humanity. Unfortunately today’s situation in Ukraine made it very sad that we never learn from history.
Written July 26, 2022
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Izz12
Wroclaw, Poland9 contributions
Couples
Amazing place to commemorate a terrible period in human history. Modern technology perfectly complements the collected exhibits. The story is told from different perspectives and transparent for both adults and children.
Written July 23, 2022
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sarahwillis
Nottingham, UK119 contributions
Couples
We visited this museum as part of a long weekend to the city.
The museum was easy to access had headphones to use in different languages. We allowed our selves 3 1/2 hours however probably needed 5 to see absolutely everything.
The history of the museum looked at world war 2 and was a fascinating and traumatic in fight into what happened.
The facilities were excellent with plenty to do for the whole family. As two adults travelling alone we were able to spend time in each area and really take in the whole experience. A must do when vitiating the city. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the main town square.
Written July 19, 2022
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Kyrylo Horiachyi
Katy Rybackie, Poland5 contributions
To be honest, maybe the best museum about the Second World War that I have ever seen. Firtsly you will notice unusual shape of the external building - looks like a beacon, it has a special sense: the importancy of comprehension of the past, the present, and the future. Then, internal design: vast and comfortable underground parking with fair prices, stairs to the main lobbies of the musuem, informational centres at each floor. The ticket box right before the entrance to the main exhibition, and, susprisingly, the tickets were free. Small charge for the audio guide, but it definitely worth it! Why? The program with the understanding of your current location within the exhibition will lead you through the parts of museum without any discomfort. The main exhibition itself has astonished me: frankly, it has a chronological system which leads you properly starting the First World War, the events that have triggered the Second World War, and the war itself. There are a lot of pictures, posters, interactive boards and screens where you can find additional information in both English and Polish. Moreover, the audio guide itself has dozens of languages, including Ukrainian, though( it was surprisingly for me, a Ukrainian ). If you love history - it's the best place in Gdansk for you. But, of course, be ready for difficult and thoughtfull experience. Must see location in Gdansk.
To be honest, it took me 4 and half hours to read and see everything. But, don't be worry about time - the museum has severall cafes and resting places, even some inside the exhibition.
Written July 15, 2022
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Roberts
Riga, Latvia6 contributions
Couples
Very good and educational experience. Entrance was free of charge, payed extra for audio guide, what is must have ! Count at least 3-4 hours for a good visit. Good opening times.
Written July 13, 2022
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raffles7
Ashford, United Kingdom260 contributions
Not much to see, I wouldn't recommend. Big, but it could do with a restaurant or café. They've gone for size rather than content.
Written July 11, 2022
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Dials
Belfair, WA108 contributions
A very honest and sobering exhibition of WW2. First, you go down to the entrance, then an elevator ride 3 more stories down to get into the museum. Get a multimedia guide, a must. The tour starts with the end of WW1, which many consider a cause of WW2. Be prepared, you can easily spend up to four hours seeing all the displays/exibits/stories. The focus is on Europe, but Japan's aggression towards the Chinese, "comfort girls", etc. is included.
Written July 7, 2022
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