Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom

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Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom

Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom
4.5
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Śródmieście Południowe
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  • Politechnika • 8 min walk
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Chris R
Staten Island, NY35 contributions
Solo
Chilling,small "museum" (they call it a mausoleum). Some very deeply disturbing things occurred here so its not exactly the fun day at the museum kinda place (although with the name Gestapo Museum I don't think that will be any surprise to anybody).
That being said it is definitely worth the visit -- even for a very small place it takes some time to get thru the 4 kiosks they have set up with timelines and examples of things. I'd suggest getting there early in the day during the week as its fairly empty then.
Sad to think of the horrors so many good people went thru there but they deserve our attendance to keep their memories alive
Written August 12, 2012
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George_The_Pig
91 contributions
Couples
It's small this attraction and the sterling equivalent entrance fee is less than £1.50 each.

There is a brief audio presentation and there is more detail provided via video stations along one corridor which you should read before accessing the other corridor where the cells are.

It is haunting, seeing where events happened that are graphically described for you. You have no problem in visualising it for yourself and for anybody who is interested in the 2nd world war etc., this is a must do - and, your ticket gets you admission to Pawiak Prison's museum which unfortunately we didn't have time to see.

A word of warning, there's a flight of stairs at the entrance/exit, no more than a dozen or so, but I didn't see any other easier access available.
Written December 6, 2015
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W-9
London, UK43 contributions
Friends
The museum is housed in the former Gestapo HQ for Warsaw. The very name of the street used to be enough to make Varsovians fearful, and a visit here reveals why.
Although very small, the museum uses space extremely effectively. There is a film upon entry (the nice lady at the entrance can put it in English or Polish, for the visitor's convenience), and some of the holding cells, as well as solitary confinement cells - some of which are left in the same state they were during the War.
A moving, powerful tribute and a further reminder, were any needed, of human kind's incredible cruelty.
It cost just 8 zloty to enter, and the ticket also gets the holder entry to Pawiak prison
Written July 22, 2014
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Phoebe S
Brisbane, Australia17 contributions
Solo
I walked here today (July 10) and was very excited to visit this museum. Unfortunately when I got there there was a sign on the door that it is closed for renovation from July 1 to July 31. Hopefully I will get back to Warsaw in the future to visit. Just a heads up to anyone hoping to visit the museum in July 2015 not to bother!
Written July 10, 2015
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AnnaBilling
Malmö, Sweden176 contributions
This is a very small museum that basically consists of two corridors. The entrance fee is a modest 8 zlotys per adult. There are four very ambitious multimedia presentations that highlight WW2 in Poland. When we were there, we were almost alone in the museum and could watch it all at our own pace, but I can imagine that it could get a bit crowded if there is a bigger audience.

After watching the presentations, it was almost overwhelming to see the cells where inmates were held.

The museum is not clearly marked, but if you pass in through the main entrance at no. 25 and then keep to the left, you will have no problem in finding it.
Written June 25, 2014
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bethinhoboken
Santa Barbara, CA349 contributions
The museum was easy to find, especially since there is a sign now that's hard to miss. The subterranean, dim interior sets the tone for the subject matter. There is a lot to learn here and all is creatively presented via 1 large movie screen, individual, interactive video screens (with info in englsh/polish/german), music, spoken word and reconstructions of prison cells, etc. You really learn a lot, not only about the horrible things that happened at this particular location but also how the Gestapo's presence was pervasive throughout all of Warsaw (and Poland). I was surprised by the quality of the presentation and highly recommend a visit. Note: there is a sign at the entrance that says kids under 14 are not allowed and I agree that this is a visit best suited for older teenagers and adults.
Written August 5, 2010
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Steve D
Liverpool, UK487 contributions
Friends
This was the highlight of my trip. The Germans used this building to torture Polish Home Army resistance operatives and then send them to Pawiak prison to be murdered. There is an informative video theatre, and the cells are preserved as they were in WW2. The defiant graffiti carved on the wall by men about to die is very moving. I was amazed to learn the Polish resistance killed about 500 Gestapo and SS men a year. Warsaw became a dreaded posting for them. Buy an all day bus and train ticket for 25 Zlotys and ask which tram to catch and get a street map at any hotel reception.
Written June 8, 2015
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TalTalK
Kfar Saba, Israel240 contributions
Solo
I had read the comments on TA before, but I was not prepared at ALL. First - arrival really isn't difficult at all if you read the reviews here. Enter through the MAIN gates of the Ministry of Education building and then there is a door right on the left side that is closed, but it is unlocked. Entrance is 8 zloti and you can get a leaflet for 3 zloti. After paying, a short film is turned on - it begins with the slamming of a cell door. The walls have several incredibly interesting presentations that combine old and new photos with graphics to show you everything about the time. There are sound effects throughout the museum that are incredibly effective. I left about an hour ago and I am still freaked out. I really really recommend going, even though it isn't by anything else, because it's a great history lesson presented in an extremely interesting way. Warning: Definitely not for the faint of heart. I was alone and was really creeped out until other people came.
Written June 5, 2015
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esigall
Los Angeles, CA50 contributions
Located at Al. Szucha 25, enter via the courtyard at the Ministry of Education building. There are no signs and little about it in the local tourist guides. Anyone interested in WWII history must go there. Walking down Al Szucha look for an address sign on a building labelled Al. Szucha 25. The Ministry of Education is now here and there will be a gate and a courtyard of sorts with the musuem on your left just past the gate. Once through the gate it is obvious; the location is not in the back of the building as another review suggests (perhaps it's been moved). I would rate this the number one attraction in Warsaw, Ghetto Wall fragments second, Warsaw Uprising Museum third.
Written August 2, 2009
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Jesse Pereira
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions
Friends
If you had visited Pawiak Prison and the Uprising Museum, a visit to this place will be the best way to end your thought provoking tour.
It is also known as the Gestapo Hq in Warsaw and it is still housed in its original location which is now known as the Ministry of Education building.

As you enter the unassuming huge structure you will be greeted by a small brown door on your left. That is the MUSEUM.
On the day we were there,we must have been lucky. We were the only ones in the museum. It is a very small museum. As you enter, you buy your ticket , go down a short flight of steps and you are greeted by a wall screenin images of the war and the prisoners. I was distracted by a shadowy image of a man struggling to stay on his feet on my far right. It was rather eerie.
There is only 1 way to walk through, through the corridor on your right towards the shadowy image. The place is amazing for its brilliant use of simple sound effects and visuals which was impactful. The image of the man is a reminder of the struggles of the prisoners after the harsh interrogations that these walls have seen. Many of whom both men and women, never made it out alive. At the end you make a right turn and walk through the interogation room and the prison cells that held them while they waited to be interogated.
A short 30min to an hour is more than enough to leave a deep impression on you as you leave the museum back into to the bright light and fresh air.
Written September 27, 2017
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