Photoplasticon

Photoplasticon, Warsaw: Hours, Address, Photoplasticon Reviews: 4.5/5

Photoplasticon
4.5
Speciality Museums
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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

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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Śródmieście Południowe
How to get there
  • Centrum • 4 min walk
  • Warszawa Centralna • 5 min walk
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Sandra Ó
12 contributions
Mar 2015
Small room where you sit around the circled box filled with historical photos. You take a seet and look through the "binoculars" as the photos move around inside. I would not reccomend it for a person who gets motion sickness. I went there on a hangover sunday (a huge mistake). Museum entry is free on sundays but I would definately go again, and happily pay for this experience.
Written January 16, 2016
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
Photoplasticon is wonderfully quirky attraction which provides a great introduction to the city. It's located just across the street from the Central Station. Go through the arch at No 51 into a courtyard and you will find it's entrance in one of the corners. A suitably eccentric person takes your money as you head inside to a darkened room with early 20th century silent movie music playing. The photoplasticon is a rare example of entertainment before cinema took hold. It dates to 1905 and is a circular wooden contraption. Seats surround it and you look through a stereoscopic viewer as sepia photos of early Warsaw pass before your eyes. Many show before and after shots from WW2. You only need a short time here but it is a unique immersive experience.
Written August 9, 2014
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Travelholism
Sceaux, France171 contributions
Dec 2013 • Business
If you're near the palace of culture and science (the big Stalinian building), just cross the street (using the underground walkways).

between 2 buildings you'll see a small sign "Photoplasticon"... just walk in the court, towards the end, you'll get in a small room where the photoplasticon machine is...

You'll see lots of old pictures that are projected in the machine and are sort of 3D.

WORTH the detour!
Written February 23, 2014
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CBDenmark
Copenhagen, Denmark158 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Unless we missed something completely this is definitely the smallest museum we have ever visited. But it was very interesting and funny to see they actually had stereoscopic images back in the early days. The entrance fee was a couple of zloty and they actually accepted our VISA debit card. We weren't there pretty long, but we enjoyed it.
Written April 7, 2018
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Lana N
5 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Photo­plasticon, was invented in Germany in the second half of the 19th century. Formerly a window on the world, now a worldwide phenomenon, a relic of the past and an unusual tourist attraction.
The Warsaw Photoplasticon is unique as it's the only one in the world which is still located at its initial setting, that is in the backyard of 51 Jerusalem Avenue, 5 minutes walk from CENTRUM
We sit on one of the chairs, put our eyes to the binoculars and let the three-dimensional pictures produced by a special dual-lens camera take us to the different world. Apart from sentimental snapshots of Warsaw in the early 20th century, the Photoplasticon offers pictures of London, Moscow, Namibia, Albania, Japan and much, much more.
Admission is very cheap (around 5 zl), so just go there and look how fabulous Warsaw were before the wars
Written May 25, 2017
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Lukasz
Jaroslaw, Poland113 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
If you are looking for an original way to spend some time, you can go back in time in this place. I have got the old photos of Warsaw and sat there for a good half hour looking through these charming pieces. Oh, and a very cheap entry, just 1 euro.
Written April 26, 2016
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Serge
Da Nang, Vietnam119 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
Photoplasticon is a simple attraction. You sit and look through 3-d opticals in the wall and read image descriptions. It took me 2-3 images to get eyes to focus right and see 3d.

One thing of note is that exhibits are changed monthly. In August it was dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

Also, there is a free day every month.
Written August 4, 2013
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Paul B
Leeds, UK214 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
Hidden away off the main square at the back of a courtyard you'd be forgiven for missing it.
Don't go in expecting too much, there's one room with a central column that you sit at and look through a view finder that shows you two identical picture that make an almost 3D image of various places from old Warsaw, it won't take long as there's only 50 or so photos but it's quirky and it's cheap too, like less than £1.
Written September 25, 2017
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Laura M
Bucharest, Romania33 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
We visited it due to good tripadvisor rating, with big expectations. It is not bad, but also not great...you can view some pictures about old warsow, but they do not have a story or some details...
Written September 12, 2017
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drjandthemissus
Dubai754 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
This was interesting but only if you're in the area. We were under the impression that this exhibit included over 5,000 photos with some photos of areas outside of Poland. However, we found that this exhibit has only 50 photos, all within the Warsaw area.

When you enter, you take a seat and peer through "binoculars" while the photos rotate through the sequence. It's a bit like watching an "old school" slide show. Again, there are only 50 photos so the whole exhibit takes about 20 minutes.

While the price is hardly expensive, we paid 4 zl per adult, it's free on Thursdays.
Written January 15, 2017
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  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM