Museum of Life under Communism

Museum of Life under Communism, Warsaw

Museum of Life under Communism

Museum of Life under Communism
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
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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.
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from $5.85
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Śródmieście Południowe
How to get there
  • Plac Konstytucji • 1 min walk
  • Politechnika • 9 min walk
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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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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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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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Lizara K
Seoul195 contributions
Feb 2020
Amusingly located through a small door next to a large KFC, this is a small but comprehensive museum covering various aspects of everyday life under Communism. It's worth a look if you're interested in that kind of minutiae (I very much am.) None of the exhibits really have very much depth, but this is a pretty good way to get an overview of what life might have been like back in that time. However, if you've been to a bigger museum of this type like the DDR Museum in Berlin, this one may not add much to your knowledge except in terms of specifically Polish things.
Written February 2, 2020
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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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Dylan15046
North Lawrence, NY90 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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ozge83
Istanbul, Turkey125 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Literally the best museum in Warsaw. It’s not so big but gives you an elaborated frame about communism period. If you grew up in a poor country you can find lots of things from your childhood. Take your time, look at photo album and discover everything carefully in there.
Written January 1, 2020
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adventurebugs
Naples, FL81 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
We visited this museum on the afternoon of December 31, just prior to starting our New Year festivities. I read a few other reviews which suggest this museum is small, and while it's true that the physical space is apartment-sized it is CRAMMED with stuff. All the bases are covered here. You could take 4 people in who have completely different interests and they will all enjoy this. You see a kitchen and all the utensils and tech of the era (potato peeling machine!), housekeeping items, furniture, decorations, letters, awards, currency, tons of military items, toys, books, art, maps, photographs, desk sets, radios, bathroom items - everything a person would have in an apartment living back then combined with historical and culture items. Really fascinating! They also have an old-timey phone booth which blew my 9 year old's mind. He went in and pretended to make a phone call and laughed his head off. They had small, interesting souvenirs and really reasonable prices, a few treats for kids AND a VERY COOL set of slides to view in some old-fashioned view master glasses. Barely able to peel kids away. Don't let the outside of the building deter you - it's a bit rough. Don't miss this!!!!!!!!
Written January 26, 2016
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krystyna384
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK13 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
It wasn't as difficult to find the museum as people say - from the street. The inside of the building is a bit spooky and the museum isn't that well marked. But once you open the door you are transported into a different world. I grew up in communist Poland and all the items in this two-room museum I either had at home, or my friends or relations had.

The museum is arranged in two rooms, one is a whole flat. This isn't a mistake. People actually lived in tiny flats, rooms were hardly bigger than your average boxroom. Most rooms in a flat would be both daytime rooms and bedrooms, most beds were fold-up beds, people were very creative in making space to have everything they needed to live. But then in those times you somehow needed less stuff!
Anyway - I am digressing a bit. The museum is jam packed with the actual stuff from the bygone era - you have a complete flat, furnished, there is an office, there are games and toys and clothes and newspapers, books, crockery and pans, tickets and cameras and even a washing machine!. In the second room there is a shop and oh, the glory of it, newspaper cuttings of the Polish football team victories in the World Cup in 1974.

Most of the stuff we lived with then was really rubbish, badly designed, badly made, but maybe it wasn't so after all, if the museum has the originals...... It still brought back many, many memories of my childhood and youth. My husband recognised many of the things in the museum from the times we lived in Poland, our daughter and her fiancee loved it too.

Go - have a look what life was still like just one generation ago...or one and a half :)

I took away one star from the rating as I wish there was more stuff there!
Written July 23, 2016
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TheChoclateFactory
Amsterdam, The Netherlands356 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
This was one of the greater surprises of Warsaw. This museum was featured in a item on the Dutch tv, that how I found out about it. We went to visit my sister in Warsaw and we thought, lets check it out. My brother-in-law took us and after parking the car in a neighborhood resembling a film-set from dark 50-ties, we walk into a building with looked like a lot of people went in and never came out! But once in the museum, we found a very enthusiastic, young owner, who welcomed us in warm fashion. He turned out to be a great storyteller too. The museum itself was very small, but was packed with interesting items from the communist period. Starting with the nostalgia from this time, to the darker period of martial law. Its was dressed in a very smart and inspiring way. I recommend this place to everybody who's into going to the less touristic places! And the fair is only 8 zloti, which is ridiculously cheap for what you get! Go see this place!!!!
Written January 3, 2015
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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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