The Living Museum of Gingerbread

The Living Museum of Gingerbread, Torun: Hours, Address, The Living Museum of Gingerbread Reviews: 4.5/5

The Living Museum of Gingerbread

The Living Museum of Gingerbread
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Living Museum of Gingerbreads in Torun is the first so interactive museum in Europe. It has existed since 2006 and it is located at 9 Rabianska street, in the middle of the city center. It all takes place in the Medieval Bakery under the watchful eyes of Gingerbread Master. Visitors prepare dough by themselves and bake their own gingerbreads. Another floor is a manufacturing room from the early 20th century where we teach how to decorate gingerbreads with an icing. We welcome all those who want to learn about the tradition of baking gingerbreads in Torun and its medieval culture. All of this happens in a fantastic atmosphere with a great deal of humor. The visit in our Museum is fun and joy for everyone, no matter what age you are. We welcome visitors daily 10am – 6pm. The last show starts at 5 pm. The show translated in English starts at 2 pm.
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Kelli W
London, UK34 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
If you enjoy gingerbread and interactive workshops, this is the workshop for you. We attended the one bilingual workshop of the day - please note that it is a fully bilingual presentation so all instructions and information are given in Polish and English. We booked in advance and would recommend doing so during weekends and holiday periods. The workshop hosts were very enthusiastic and interacted well with participants. The children in the crowd seemed to really enjoy the presentation and activities.

During the course of the workshop, you learn about the history of gingerbread and get a chance to make your own gingerbread souvenir. You have a chance to browse the store and clean your flour-y hands while the gingerbread is baked.
Written March 2, 2020
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Maelicordia
Lodz, Poland406 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
A really fun place to learn about gingerbread made in Toruń in an active way. The tour consists of an interactive theatrical performance and workshops on making your own gingerbread. I recommend this especially to families with children.
Written August 13, 2020
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Jozsef B
Warsaw, Poland54 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a very handsome, three-story burgher house devoted to providing hands-on experience to tourists in the arts of gingerbread making. Apparently this is a _thing_ in Toruń. The place is run by four very kind and nice young people, with adequate English, and they make an earnest effort in showing their fascination with this old art. You can actually get your hands into the dough, and at the end you get a tiny piece of "self-made" gingerbread. Be careful not to try to bite into it, as it is rock hard. Overall, a nice experience, especially for children.

The gingerbread you end up baking is not from the same dough you made, but that's ok, nothing is perfect. Lots of gingerbread/related souvenirs on sale.
Written February 18, 2020
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Thank you! We are glad you liked the show and hope you keep baking gingebread at home or wherever you are. Cheers!
Written May 29, 2020
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Chizzamerica
Dunedin, New Zealand600 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
What a fantastic experience! Thoroughly enjoyable hour plus of entertainment and hands-on fun. A great crew presenting/demonstrating - and with excellent English for those whose Polish isn’t quite up to scratch. Think they do one session that includes some English translation once a day, so be mindful when booking tickets.
Don’t miss this on your days visiting Toruń!
Written October 13, 2021
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Astrid
27 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We booked the English tour at 2 PM as per the website mentions. Despite the precaution it felt like the Polish people were given more attention. Besides this situation, the staff was very engaging, had a good attitude and some pretty neat punchlines. It's recommended to go with kids older than 5 since explanations can be lengthy and kids can be agitated.
Regarding CoVid situation, the place is hygienic and the staff do take the necessary precautions , however social distancing is not respected.
Written September 14, 2020
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Kinga R
12 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
I enjoyed the museum part a lot - spacious, lots of artifacts, plenty to see. The workshop part was quite disappointing though. Quite short, not much information - just roll the dough, make a form and leave. There could be some longer lecture or maybe painting the cookies as well? Also tour guides should better communicate in English. Sometimes it felt they purposely avoid eye contact with the foreigners and spoke in Polish knowing they are confused.
Written June 21, 2021
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Hi! We must state that you have mistaken the museums and consequently gave us a low grade. There are two museums in Toruń that deal with the history of gingerbread. Our is based more on the theatrical character. The main element of the show are gingerbread baking workshops that takes place under the watchful eyes of Gingerbread Master and charming Gingerbread Witch. In the room from the beginning of the 20th century everyone has a chance to decorate their own gingerbread with icing and take part in gingerbread decorating workshop. :)
Written November 17, 2021
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Yasmina R
10 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
The idea is great, the explanation of how to do Pierniki (Gingerbread), but I was really disappointing about the "English hour". I can understand that if the museum is in Poland obviously they should speak in polish, but I paid for going in the English hour (you could choose between 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.) so they should speak in English. When the representation started, the actors started to speak in Polish and then in English, but I was rather surprise because I'm sure that the things that they told in Polish were not the same in English, the explanation was briefly and without emotion. At the end of this time they give you a title about you made a gingerbread in Torun and the gingerbread that you made, I think this is ok. But finally, in the second part of the show (first was making a gingerbread) I was surprise again and even angry. They didn't offert the second part in English, only in Polish, so at the end the show that it suppose to be in English, was only half and not a good one.
Written January 10, 2015
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We do value your comment. Indeed, due to the fact that staff who usually guides in eglish had been on a sick-leave for over a week at time of your arrival and had to be filled in, therefore we were unable to provide english service in both parts of the show. The only reason for obvious disproportion in favour of polsih is the fact that majority of our customers speak this language and, also, we use old polish which is a feature of the show. From the other hand most visitors who require english service aren't natives in english. We do understand you may not consider this as an excuse. Nonetheless, we overcame all these issues since as well as issues of staff not being emphatic enough. We are sincerely sorry and at the same time we proudly announce this is all over now. If you happen to be in Torun or nearby please feel free to drop in and see how we have changed! We are pretty sure you won't hesitate to change your opinion on this expierence! May you have a lot of inspiring trips to all the places you've ever dreamt of and those you will want to go! Wish you well The Staff of Museum of Gingerbread
Written January 19, 2015
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GlennStandish
Torun, Poland212 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
We booked online for one of the two English speaking times. When we arrived there were over 60 people and the presenters spent ages explaining everything in Polish and then in English and then in Polish and so forth. It was tedious and simply not fun at all (for both Polish and foreign visitors). The level of English of some of the presenters was also questionable.

I strongly recommend that they make the 2 English sessions purely in English.

We were so bored that we couldnt be bothered with the 2nd floor (modern gingerbread display).

They need to sort the English times out and then it'll be better.
Written January 12, 2017
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MrPashla
Warsaw, Poland6 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
From the outside, the museum looks very inconspicuous and can be easily overlooked. Every hour starts show where you can see how traditional gingerbread are made. Participants of the presentation are continously engaged into preparations of the cakes. Everything is carried out in an interesting and humorous way. After the presentation, each participant gets a peace of cake with the form and prepares gingerbread by himself. Then cookies are baked and given away as a souvenir. In addition, children can buy a master diploma. Everything lasts about 1 hour.

The great advantage is support for multi-lingual groups.

As the number of seats at each show is limited, it is reasonable to book seats. You can also come without the booking but be aware of the fact that you may not enter.
Written August 26, 2013
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Thank you for your opinion! Best regards, Muzeum Piernika.
Written October 20, 2015
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RelaxedFish
Calgary, Canada86 contributions
Aug 2019
This interactive attempt to present a historical account of gingerbread baking, is a fun way for the family to spend a hour or so making their own take-away gingerbread cookies.
Although we were disappointed with the weak flavorful the cookies, we found the overall experience of artful, costumed, antics was both pleasant, and appeared to engage the numerous children of all ages that were present.
Written September 21, 2019
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Thank you for your review! The aim is to show in a light-hearted way what gingerbread used to be like. Cookies we bake during the show is meant to be kept as souvenir only, however we have a huge range of lovely, tasty gingerbread to choose from. Thank you, have dozens of inspiring trips!
Written September 26, 2019
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