Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego

Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, Warsaw

Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego

Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
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The Warsaw Rising Museum was opened on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of fighting in Warsaw. The Museum is a tribute of Warsaw’s residents to those who fought and died for independent Poland and its free capital. The exhibition depicts fighting and everyday life during the Rising, keeping occupation terror in the background. Complexity of the international situation at the time of the Rising is portrayed, including the post-war years of the Communist regime and the fate of Insurgents in the People’s Republic of Poland (PRL). With the total area of more than 3000 m2, 800 exhibition items, approximately 1500 photographs, films and sound recordings, history of the days preceding the Rising is told. Visitors are guided through the subsequent stages of the Rising until the time when the Insurgents left Warsaw. Their further fate is also portrayed.
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK16,856 contributions
Sep 2021
The Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego), in the Wola district of Warsaw is dedicated to the historic Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Whilst the institution of the museum was established in 1983 it did not open until 31st July 2004, to mark the 60th anniversary of the uprisings. Entry for an Adult is 25PLN (GB£4.50) which is amazing value for a museum of this quality. The exhibits are very well done with a mix of reconstruction of streets and bunkers to actual displays of real artifacts such as weapons and Uprising Fighters ID Cards and uniforms. It really was a great museum and especially of interest to those with a liking for WW2 history and memorabilia. The only downside for me was the shear number of large groups (mainly school students) that arrived by the coach load which made proper navigation of the exhibits difficult. Maybe the museum should limit how many large groups it allows in the museum at any one time.
Written February 24, 2022
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC657 contributions
Jul 2019
One of the best WWII museums you'll find anywhere. The amount of detail and care that has gone into this museum is worth its weight in gold. So many details and stories to review, you could spend a few days here to get through it all. Lots of exhibits, diagrams, videos, etc. to show exactly what happened here in 1944 and how bravely the Poles fought and died for their country. It's the stuff of legends. Admission is free on Sundays, but I'd recommend against that as locals and tourists alike descend here those days and it becomes jammed packed. Come during the week and you'll have more space and time to see everything. Bookstore has some great material, there's a cafe on the second floor too. Excellent museum, there's even some wartime structures/bunkers you can see as it's built over and around them.
Written February 25, 2020
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oliver-k6
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland908 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The exhibition was impressive and at the same time disturbing. It was very depressing to see how the brave Polish people fought against occupying Nazi-Germany and lost thousands of people. Something that should never be forgotten.
Unfortunately, the museum was very noisy. There were too many people, especially school classes. The noises of children running around mixed with the background noises of bombs, a "heart beat" and many more different sounds hindered an thought-provoking atmosophre that such a museum should evoke. Nevertheless, we can recommend the museum. Especially, the short movie about what Warsaw looked like towards the end of the war is something we won't forget.
Written May 24, 2022
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WeExistToTravel
45 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples


Pros
It has so much information and all the exhibits are intact after so many years, you can see how well they are taking care of them .
The price of ticket is good if you consider how many and unique exhibits they have.
Cons
All the tablets are not working for English language which is a shame because you lose valuable information and the same goes to the small notes of important dates that are only in polish .
Written December 5, 2021
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AnnaNLCH
Haarlem, The Netherlands2,787 contributions
May 2022
This museum is loud, chaotic and a maze. It’s so unclear where to go and what you’re reading, on top of that it was very busy in some areas and there is a constant background noise of bombs exploding etc.

I think they tried to make a modern “not boring” museum but went too far. I am super interested in history but I just had to leave.

The short movie at the end showing Warsaw from the air just after the liberation is shocking and informative. But even during that, which should be a moment of stillness you still have lights from the other part of the museum going back and forth over your head.
Written May 22, 2022
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Lizara K
Seoul195 contributions
Jan 2020
The good: there's a lot of information, original items, videos, and really a full multimedia experience. I appreciate the textual information in both Polish and English next to all the displays; some museums of this type try to minimize it or force the use of an audioguide, but I really think the way this museum has done it is better to help the visitor understand. That said, audioguides in many languages are available for those who would prefer that. I commend the museum for that. I also appreciated that they controlled the flow of traffic well. It was a Sunday, so free admission, and the museum was at pretty much maximum capacity, but staff were ensuring the numbers didn't rise above a certain level by having us queue outside, and this kind of controlled management is missing at so many museums, making the experience worse for it. We only had to queue for about ten minutes anyway.

The bad: many other reviewers have mentioned the layout, which is absolutely chaotic and difficult to follow. There are a few signs indicating where to go next, but they are not everywhere they are needed and are sometimes contradictory. A better-labeled path (obvious room numbers, arrows on the floor if necessary) would make this a better experience. As it was, the narrative lacked any sort of coherence - a real shame given the amount of information on offer.

Secondly, the place is just too dark. I appreciate that they're trying to create an atmosphere, but many descriptions are hard to read. They should also consider the placement of some signs - having a person read a dark sign while looking upward toward a bright light is not good design. This is a real problem for people like me with bad eyes, but even my husband whose vision is normal struggled in some places.

Thirdly, the information is presented in a rather biased way, with no consideration given to any of the nuance that is always present in a complex historical event like this one. Additionally, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is barely mentioned; I get that it's not the museum's main focus, but surely it is also a key part of the story. The overall feel is rather propagandistic. I also didn't see any contemplation of any of the results of this event or its applications today. A key part of studying history is contemplating and reflecting on its effects, including how it affects us. That's completely missing in this museum.

All told, I'm glad I went, but also glad I went on the free day; I would have felt ripped off if I had paid full admission for this. I do think they have the skeleton of a good museum here, and with a few updates, it could be a genuinely great place to learn and visit.
Written January 26, 2020
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Leigh-Harrington
London, UK2,254 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very informative and thought provoking museum with fascinating exhibits, static and film. All with English and Polish descriptions although some of the table screens didn't change to English when we tried. Nice cafe and bookshop. Monday it's free but the schools seem to take advantage and it was full of disinterested teens taking selfies. Closed Tuesdays. Well worth a visit
Written October 18, 2021
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Sosuma
Lisbon, Portugal357 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
The layout and content of this museum is overwhelming, tour direction very unclear, hard to follow events in chronological order due to this. There is a lot to read and not that much to look at, so after a while you lose interest. More interactive or visual displays would have been good. Some of the information is not in English, audio guides cost extra. If you were to read every single plaque and watch every video you would need hours to cover this.
Written September 17, 2021
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DD1
Zurich, Switzerland32 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
The Uprising Museum in Warsaw is well worth the visit. Easily got tickets by arriving a bit early, by around 10:00. I opted for the audio guide which I found worth it for the additional information. The setting, lighting and sound effects really enhance the experience. The way to the museum is a good walk from the city center. Would highly recommend visiting this museum for a better understanding of Polish history and its people.
Written August 27, 2020
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Halcatra
Edinburgh, UK483 contributions
Feb 2020
It is truly an amazing museum. A lot of information, maybe as somebody said even too much, but you do not need to go through all of it if you do not want! The museum really works on your senses, you can see the uprising in front of you, you can hear it, you will definitely not forget it. All the staff members were very friendly and the ticket is very cheap taking into consideration how much you receive for the price.
Written February 4, 2020
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