Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau

Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim

Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau

Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Historic Sites • History Museums
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Established by the Nazis in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. Although the exact number of victims is unknown, many Jews, Poles and gypsies died here. The museum consists of two parts: Auschwitz I, the first and oldest camp (the number of prisoners fluctuated around 15,000, sometimes rising above 20,000) and Auschwitz II, Birkenau (which held more than 90,000 prisoners in 1944). The greater part of the apparatus of mass extermination was built in Birkenau and the majority of the victims were murdered there.
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Quakertown, PA1,955 contributions
A Look Back Into The Past
Sep 2021 • Couples
Traveling to Poland for my first time and wanted to learn as much as I could about the struggle of the Polish people and had to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau.

An amazing look into the past.

Took a tour from Krakow, starting with an hour ride out to the Auschwitz Memorial Museum. After getting our tickets and entering the museum area, there is a short video to introduce you to the camp. Very moving.

After the video we were led outside where we met our guide. The museum controls the timing of the groups that enter allowing for space between the groups so no one feels crowded or no need to talk loudly. The museum is all about respect for the individuals who lived and died at the camps.

Our guide took us through the camp, showing us glimpses of what life was like at the camp for those that only just arrived and were killed alongside those who lived a bit longer in the camp.

We got to see the barracks with the sleeping and bathroom areas, the massive pile of human hair, the large pile of human eye glasses, huge containers of the personal belongings that the prisoners brought with them when they were removed from their homes.

After Auschwitz we took a short shuttle ride to Birkenau and met up with our guide. We started our tour at the main gate the trains passed through as the prisoners were brought to this camp to die. We walked the main street flowing tbe train tracks to the end where a memorial stands to honor the victims.

The museum does an amazing job of providing the necessary information so we never forget.
Written September 3, 2021
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Mihai-Marin Cristina
Barcelona, Spain63 contributions
Testimonial for Lukasz Lipinski, our Auschwitz tour guide.
Aug 2021
Hello Łukasz,

We are a small group of friends very passionate of the WW2 history and we decided to visit a couple of places with a powerful meaning. We ended up at Auschwitz, which was, is and will be number one on our list. We were unsure what to extect after all these years, but we have got the best. We would like to thank you very much for taking us through a place which for many people seems out of this world due the unimaginable things that happened there.

The memory of Auschwitz will forever be imprinted in our minds as we go back on the memory lane, it will never be forgotten. Your words, stories and the empathy you had shown when talking to us about this place really made us travel into the past and somehow feel the pain of the unfortunate. We were deeply touched by this experience and it we owe it all to you.

Thank you very much for everything, keep inspiring others and hope to see you soon, this time in winter!

Kind regards from Romania,
Cristina, Lili, Alexandra, Bogdan & Silviu
Written September 1, 2021
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Nicole D
Los Angeles, CA162 contributions
Guided Tour or Not
Aug 2021
Days leading up to our visit to Auschwitz, my husband and I debated whether to book a ticket for the guided tour or the independent tour (which only gives out tickets after 4pm in the summer). Ultimately, we decided to go with the independent tour (without a guide) and felt at least for us, it was the best option. We arrived about a half hour early for our 5:30pm time slot, and were allowed in with no problems and zero line. We quickly went through security and began touring Auschwitz I. There a ton of signage throughout the camp, so even without a guide, we were still able to get and learn so much information about the horrors the occurred at this camp. The museum overall, was very well done, it went through the history, the different countries involvement, and what life was like at the camp. The one thing that did rub me a little bit the wrong way was, on their website the museum recommends visitors be over 14 years old. When we got there, we were surprised to see dozens and dozens of children EVERYWHERE. Parents were letting their children run around playing on the grounds, laughing, screaming, even next to a gas chamber. It took us somewhat out of the experience. It just felt somewhat disrespectful considering what occurred at the camps and all the lives lost.

We ended up staying about 2 hours in Auschwitz I, skipping a few of the exhibits because the crowds were big, usually with large tour groups. We hopped on the mostly empty bus to Birkenau as the sun was beginning to set. When we got there, it was only about an hour left till closing, and we were probably two of only thirty people there. The complex is MASSIVE, so much larger than I ever imagined. There isn't as much signage at this camp, but there is a map at the entrance that describes the layout and labels what each building is. We took a picture of the map on our phones, and used that as a guide while we were walking around. After an hour we only saw a small fraction of the camp, before the sun set and we had to leave.

Ultimately, we felt we missed out on some of Birkenau, so we decided to come back the next day. Since it wasn't technically the museum part (Auschwitz I) we were able to walk in with no ticket the next day and began touring on our own. We walked the full permitter of the camp, seeing all of the gas chambers, the barracks, and the sauna. We saw only a handful of people over the course of two hours. Then we realized why... if you are on a guided tour, they only take you to certain areas in Birkenau -- to the memorial, some of the barracks, and two of the gas chambers. We were surprised, because there is so much more of the camp that the tours miss out on. Overall, we spent three hours at Birkenau, before leaving for the day.

In the end, it’s completely up to you whether to do the guided tour or not. But we would say, if you want to have some time to reflect, not feel rushed, and avoid the crowds, we would recommend going the independent route.
Written August 26, 2021
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London207 contributions
There are no words
Sep 2020
No birds fly over Auschwitz.
Death still hangs in the air.
We visited as part of a Holocaust memorial tour which took in Lodz, Chelmno, Scestockowa, Kazimierz, the Krakow Ghetto and Schindler's Factory.
The museum in Auschwitz 1 is incredibly moving and the scale of the living museum that is Auschwitz11 - Birkenau is beyond words.
We visited Nov 19 before Covid
Written August 21, 2021
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Saint Paul, MN793 contributions
Powerfully Emotional Place
Aug 2021
Auschwitz is not the first concentration camp I have visited. When I was a young U.S. Army soldier stationed in Germany I visited Dachau. Both are very powerfully emotional places to visit but the space and breadth of Auschwitz dwarfs Dachau. I believe everyone who travels by a Nazi concentration camp should take time to visit it at least once to remember what happened.

I don't think you can nor should you rate the actual visit to a concentration camp. The five stars is to signify I think every responsible traveler who is near here should take a day to find out what happened in this place and reflect on how we can prevent it from happening again.
Written August 14, 2021
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Pune District, India16 contributions
Hard to rate pleace like this...
Aug 2021
Organization is below all - information point is not available. One big mess at entrance - despite different nations in queue to hell...

Many blocks (including block 11 underground) are not opened - it is not acceptable!
Written August 13, 2021
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Frank P
Arlington, VA324 contributions
Very moving experience
Jun 2021
My wife and it visited Auschwitz-Birkenau via a Mr. Shuttle tour. This site is a must see for anyone visiting Poland. It is unbelievable to see some of the items that are on display. I highly recommend getting a tour guide because there is so much history and information that could be missed if you walk around allow. Auschiwitz-Birkenau is totally worth visiting, I would definitely go back. I still cannot believe that I visited a place where so many people were murdered. Just an unbelievable experience.
Written July 3, 2021
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Malia AbsolutelyBlessed Taiafi
Wiesbaden, Germany89 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
It was a lot of waking and rainy the day we went. Our guide was very informative and really kept our group engaged.
Written October 18, 2020
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Chris G
London, UK7 contributions
Informative and moving
Sep 2020 • Friends
We recently visited with friends and had a very informative and passionate guide to show us around both sites, this is definitely not a trip that can be rushed. It’s good to see that this is being preserved for future generations to learn the history surrounding this location.
Written September 28, 2020
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West Kilbride, UK325 contributions
Gut-Wrenching Tour That Has To Be Done......
Sep 2020
If you are in this area of Poland for any reason, you must stop and take time to do this tour of this preservation and symbol of mans inhumanity to fellow man.

I am an avid fan of history, and of course watched a lot of documentaries and read up on the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau, so felt I was in a reasonably strong place mentally to visit this place, but boy was I wrong. As the tour guide weaved us around Auschwitz Camp 1, inside and outside the various blocks, relaying stories of cruelty and horror and viewing various harrowing exhibits, I started to crumble struggling to comprehend the atrocities that happened in the very place i was standing. Many others in my group were visiably shaken, some even crying. A walk through the original gas chamber and crematorium nearly broke me. The next part of the tour took us to the Birkenau, which is probably the most infamous part of the Auschwitz complex. It maybe for the main part mostly destroyed, but is none the less just as harrowing, as it was basically just a death factory, and the parts that remained gave a glimpse of what hell on earth the prisoners that were not selected for automatic execution went through.

I reackon everybody has to visit this place at least once in their lives, certainly if your in this area of Poland, even if your are not interested in history. Although, you might not be the same person coming out than when you went in.
Written September 27, 2020
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