Muzeum Krakowa - Ulica Pomorska - Pomorska Street

Muzeum Krakowa - Ulica Pomorska - Pomorska Street

Muzeum Krakowa - Ulica Pomorska - Pomorska Street
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The Branch of The Historical Museum of the City of Krakow at 2 Pomorska Street in the Silesian House, was founded in 1981 and its primary purpose is to take care of historical places of tortures of many thousands of Poles during World War II - the former detention cells of Gestapo in Krakow. Those cells, kept in the former shape, are a proof of tragic days of German occupation in 1939-1945. However the most important themes of Krakow's history of this period are being presented on the permanent exhibition "People of Krakow in times of terror 1939-1945-1956".
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genibre69
London, UK3,405 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Quite small ground floor exhibition plus the heartbreaking Gestapo prison cells. Everything is translated into English. I appreciated the survivor testimonies although the touchscreens are a bit fidgety to change to English. Masks worn inside. Covered under the Krakow card.
Written October 3, 2020
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lauraheartmark
glasgow145 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
Being interested in this period of history, the gestapo headquarters was on my list of must sees while in Krakow. Upon speaking to the receptionist at our hotel I realised that not a lot of people visit this historically important museum as she did not know what I was talking about! there is a small exhibition room which tracks the people of Krakow through times of terror from Nazi occupation to the communist regime, very interesting and heart breaking stories on display. The second part of the museum involves a member of staff taking you into the cells where people, mainly suspected of being part of the resistance during world war two, were tortured and interrogated brutally by gestapo officers, this place would break your heart, to witness rooms where acts of total brutality were committed and people were inflicted with unimaginable pain for no other reason than they were brave enough to rebel against the Nazi regime. There are words written on the walls by victims and bullet hole marks from where gestapo guards shot their victims, this place is a reminder and a warning to us all of the atrocities of the Nazis during world war two.
Written April 21, 2014
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Evets54
Southampton, UK279 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
There was hardly a soul there when we spent a truly uncomfortable hour or so looking at the exhibitions. This very simple museum really makes you realise just how oppressive and vile the Nazi regime was and perticularly the thugs that made up the members of the Gestapo.

The personal stories of the many individuals shown were moving - such bravery by people of all walks of life and all ages.

The most disturbing part of the museum is the original cells in the old cellar. The cells are covered with inscriptions written by the prisoners most of which either died during interrogation or where shot in one of the cells. We were very lucky to be accompanied by one of the staff who was able to translate some of the inscriptions and also give us more insight into what actually happened both in the building and cells.
Written May 22, 2016
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logrundy
Liverpool, UK233 contributions
Mar 2014 • Solo
Don’t let the seemingly out of the way location of this museum put you off visiting it. Getting there from the Old Town is simplicity itself. Although you could probably walk there, it would take a good 20-30 minutes and, especially if you’re on a short break and time is precious, then I’d recommend you take the tram.

From the tram stop outside the Rossmann Pharmacy on the corner where Juliana Dunajewskiego meets Karmelicka take the number 4, 13, 14, 20 or 24 tram [destination Bronowice] to Plac Inwalidow [2 stops]. The museum is about a 5 minute walk from the tram stop in the courtyard of 2 Pomorska Street.

A fascinating little museum which records the suffering of the people of Krakow under both German National Socialism and Soviet Socialism. Not much to add to the other reviews other than to say that when you visit the Gestapo Cells make sure you begin in the first cell on the left as this is where the significance of the graffiti you will see in the other cells is explained in English.
Written March 25, 2014
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nadia a
Eastleigh, UK70 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Only ten minute walk outside town centre, worth a visit, only small so 1hour to 1 1/2 hours is enough, well laid out with lots of interesting stories to read the you get taken to the back of the building under the building to the cells which was also very interesting. The museum was only 7 Pzloty per person.
Written September 23, 2017
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nickygJ2664PQ
Swansea, UK39 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
Most people stay in the old town area of Krakow and this is a 15 minute walk away from it. Entry is through a large double gate that leads into a courtyard. On the immediate right are some steps that lead down to the holding cells. Here are over 600 messages scratched onto the walls. Some have been highlighted with details of who they were and what happened to them. Most were tortured and executed. With a little imagination it is easy to imagine being driven into that courtyard and kicked and beaten as you were taken to the cells.
After visiting this you can visit the small museum showing some examples of who were gestapo and who were victims. The museum could have been bigger and go into a lot more detail but you have to remember this is one of three museums in Krakow dealing with the German occupation. The others are in the Jewish Ghetto and of course Schindler's Factory. There are also trips to Auschwitz.
All of us in the group were deeply affected by our time here. I would not hesitate to recommend it as a lead up to the other two.
Written December 10, 2016
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June A
Surrey, UK2,677 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
This was definitely one of the more interesting of the myriad of Museums I visited while in Krakow. It is a little off the beaten track, approx. 15 minutes walk from the Main Square, but is well sign posted and so not difficult to find.

It is not a big exhibition, but what there is keeps you occupied for some time and the information is very detailed and concise. Some of the stories about those who were interrogated and held in the cells beneath are heart breaking, although after visiting Auschwitz, it will seem sadly familiar.

After you have seen the main exhibits, the curator will offer you the chance to see the cells which are in a separate building next door. I recommend that you do, as it does help bring the rest of what you have seen and read about more vividly to life. Definitely not one for the faint hearted, but then are any these Museums?
Written November 8, 2015
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Tom B
Maidstone, UK39 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
A very interesting insight into the Gestapo in Krakow during WW2. The museum itself is a bit hidden away and is around a 15 minute walk from the Main Square. The best part of the museum is seeing the prison cells and the writings and drawings on the walls by the prisoners. Would highly recommend visiting.
Written August 17, 2015
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dragonh88
Harrogate, UK37 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
A couple of blocks from the apartment hotel (Cracowdays) this is a must see if you are interested in second world war (and subsequent communist) history and it's effect on the people of Krakow. It is a very small museum - two rooms plus the cells and isn't particularly well signed from outside but persevere it is worth it. Despite the size we spent a couple of hours reading the testimonies and stories of suffering, torture and execution that Krakow residents had to endure during the occupation, and the subsequent persecution and imprisonment of those who had fought to maintain the country's independence during the war

It is a very sobering experience and some of the stories are incredibly harrowing so not for the faint hearted

The cells used during the war have been maintained in their original state and still have the written inscriptions of those held and subsequently executed.

It is really well put together and everything has english as well as polish descriptions
Written January 6, 2014
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ebfseasider
Southend-on-Sea, UK6 contributions
An information packed filled room with stories of incredible bravery and details not just during the Nazi occupation but also afterwards when the Soviet forces arrived. The cells next door send a chill right through you and it is hard to stomach what with the bullet holes and the prisoners writing on the walls.
Can be difficult to find but well worth the effort and should be higher up on the list of things to do IMO.
Written November 17, 2013
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