Museum of Life under Communism

Museum of Life under Communism, Warsaw

Museum of Life under Communism

Museum of Life under Communism
4.5
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
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
We are glad to invite you to our private communist museum. This is the first idea in Warsaw to show how people used to live during communist times. You can see typical furniture, everyday use things as famous washing mashine "Frania", tv-set "Rubin" or unique "Saturator". There are few different sections, where you can experience propaganda, lifestyle, politics or ordinary day from the times. The exposition is a perfect background to the history of Communism in Poland. The main idea is to experience the times and find out the absurds of everyday life.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Admission tickets
from $6.29
All you need to step foot in the door.
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Śródmieście Południowe
How to get there
  • Plac Konstytucji • 1 min walk
  • Politechnika • 9 min walk
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R.Liu17
Beijing, China2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Lacks in-depth historical information concerning the Soviet period. The main exhibit was basically a timeline that one can find on wikipedia...
Written January 7, 2022
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Alexander C
3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
They lay it on a bit thick with the anticommunism but it's a well made museum with lots of interesting historical artifacts. They cafe is wonderful and they serve a great triangle shaped sweet. Wish the gift shop had more communist nostalgia stuff rather than generic Warsaw things
Written January 7, 2022
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GoPlaces779402
Houston, TX4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Interesting museum, well put together. We did the audio guide and it helped explain what you were looking at better. Worth a visit!
Written January 3, 2022
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WeExistToTravel
45 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
A really nice and cheap experience.
You can learn a lot from this museum.
Pros
Cheap we payed 28 zl for 2 people (we are student's) the full price is around 20 zl per person
The audio guide is very handy and informative.
It's a small museum and you can see all the exhibits 'fast' or if you use audio guide it will take max 1 hour and less depends how much you will stay at the cinema .
The exhibits were in good shape .
Con
They were doing some constructions the day we went so it was a lot noisy so we couldn't hear the audio guide .

In general I read some comments saying that the museum was free on Thursdays but it wasn't, the audio guides were free that day .
Written December 2, 2021
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Martin J
Warsaw, Poland671 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
A must visit when you come to Warsaw. To see how people lived 30-40 years ago in communist Poland will surprise you. I can recommend this place.
Written November 30, 2021
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S E
16 contributions
Sep 2021
I visited this little gem of a museum and loved it.
I had found it online before traveling to Poland. It was on my list of "must-see" sites for a free day in Warsaw.
It is within walking distance of the Polish Army Museum, another good place to visit.
The museum has options for an audio tour and even a tour guide. Check online for these services. I did not take advantage of either. The exhibits are in Polish and English. I did happen to overhear a tour guide talking with a group. She was sharing her personal experiences living under communism. It made me think that I should have arranged for a guide. I feel the museum was very accurate in its portrayal because she remarked how one exhibit was "just like what I had at home!"
The displays give an honest look at life, good and bad. There is a sense of nostalgia, not for the times, but for the shared experiences of those who lived through it.
I am very glad I visited this. The exhibits are curated nicely and the items on display are really in good shape. I think the people who created this museum did an excellent job!
Written October 16, 2021
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Dylan15046
North Lawrence, NY87 contributions
Sep 2021
If you remember Communism then this little museum is a trip down memory lane. My favorite item was a water dispensing machine. I remember seeing them in Moscow in 1977 and how I was appalled at how everyone used the communal glass. There are lots of other fun items in their collection to bring back memories. And the lady at the ticket desk was very nice and helpful.
Written October 7, 2021
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olathetravelslover
Warsaw, Poland271 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
For those who are interested in the history of Warsaw and Poland, architecture, culture and daily life this is a must visit!
Written August 20, 2021
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natalia
Villejuif, France1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
Small but rich museum with many interactive areas that put you in the shoes of different actors during the polish communist period, ranging from an average PRL citizen to the leader of polish socialist youth. My friend and I had a lot of fun creating our own stories and playing pretend with the different objects at our disposal.
Written August 19, 2021
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Aleksandra K
Greater London, UK8 contributions
Oct 2020
Absolutely loved this place! Strongly recommend for anyone from outside of Poland. The gentleman who was serving in the coffee shop at the end of Museum was so lovely and passionate about his job. He explained a lot about communism times. This is a great place to visit.
Written October 8, 2020
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Museum of Life under Communism is open:
  • Fri - Fri 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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