Museum of Life under Communism

Museum of Life under Communism

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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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The area
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Neighborhood: Śródmieście Południowe
How to get there
  • Plac Konstytucji • 1 min walk
  • Politechnika • 9 min walk
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adventurebugs
Naples, FL83 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 Netherlands364 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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Surasak Netraprajag
Hong Kong, China11 contributions
Having been to so many CIS countries, incl. the one in Vilnius and Tbilisi, and Gdansk, this one in Warsaw is much more details, more tourist friendly but smaller. It is located near Soho Factory in Praga.district, 10 minutes by tram from Centrum or easy 25 minutes walk. The site is located one old abandoned look warehouse, pretty communitsm and 8 zloty for entrance definitely worth it. Staffs were friendly and.l tell you the history and what happened during the communist era. Worth it.
Written October 23, 2014
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Piotr K
Krakow, Poland50 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
“Czar PRL” is a small museum dedicated to presenting everyday life during communist times. It's not easy to find it, it's recommended to check the map on their website, but seeing the old weird building it's located in is itself an attraction.

The place is small, but packed with many items, some of which are really rare. I'm not sure if someone from the West would fully appreciate the exhibition – all descriptions are both in Polish and English and try to explain what was the purpose of all the strange things shown – but without knowing the broader historical context it may be hard to understand them. For me personally the museum was quite interesting, as some of the items were really old, clumsy and odd, while others more or less familiar from my childhood. Some of the anecdotes from the descriptions were really amusing. The museum is not particularly big, so about one hour was enough for the visit. The staff was busy doing their own work, but I managed to speak with them for a while about the specimens.

All in all, it's hard to learn what communism was when you have no prior knowledge, but still the museum allows to see some amazing items from the past.
Written June 25, 2014
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Nienke F
Warsaw, Poland107 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Interesting museum that is set up with a light touch, and through sharing many facts still gives a good impression of life under communism; what stood out for me were the time line with facts -nice balance between serious historical things, what went on in the world and some daily impact facts- and the interior of a small apartment very interesting. Takes max one hour and that is an hour well spend.
Written December 29, 2019
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Karocska
Krakow, Poland58 contributions
Nov 2019
This is a great way to go back in time and find yourself in your own childhood if you are a child of the 60’s 70’s or even 80’s (like me 😉).
Everyday items from every household in Eastern Europe not just Poland. Make sure you watch the 4-5 min movie aswell about the “what a great nation we are” propaganda...fun way to look at those times “problems”.
And also have some good old fashined food/sweets/beverage items from the well designed cafeteria in the museum. Have fun!
Written November 5, 2019
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JellevanKralingen
Amsterdam50 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
It's like stepping in a time machine. If life under communism has your interest, this is the place to be.

The museum is tucked away, hidden somewhere outside the city center. Also it is very small. But don't let that stop you though. There's so much to see here we easily spent two hours looking around, reading the great stories (in English) about pre-1989 Poland and listening to the 'Polish Beatles' on vinyl.

It's like a time portal has openend and you can have a peek through. I loved it.
Written February 16, 2016
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Sílvia D
22 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
It is really a must-see if you want to understand how it was to live in Communist Poland. The museum/apartment is divided in sections and, besides the things from that period that are shown, you have very interesting explanations in English about how they were part of the everyday life in that period. It also have many important little bits on how it was the general life, how tourism was in that period, how they could buy apartments and/or cars.
Really cool and interesting...you feel transported to a different era.
It also has a small shop with lots of cool and different souvenirs. If I had more time, I would definately have joined one of their tour around the city!
Written August 20, 2015
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Daniel B
2 contributions
Feb 2015
Down a strange back alley, on entry we were greeted by a gas-mask clad dummy slumped menacingly on the sofa. The horror-film atmosphere was compounded by the eery abba soundtrack ringing out from a vinyl player. However, once it became apparent that our bloody deaths weren't imminent, we thoroughly enjoyed the immersive experience of the communist era style flat layout, complete with sports memorabilia and antique washing machines. 5 stars.
Written February 28, 2015
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