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“A very worthwhile visit for anyone interested in the history”

Galicia Jewish Museum
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective.
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“A very worthwhile visit for anyone interested in the history”
Reviewed August 2, 2009

This excellent museum consists of three parts. First is a series of paintings by a survivor that show the no longer extant life of the Jews of Galacia. He didn't start these paintings until he was in his 70's. Next is an excellent series of photographs with English as well as Polish captions which trace effectively and emotionally the pre-war through post war history. There is lastly a "media room" well worth visiting. There are three longer videos on computers that are compelling (though one station worked only intermittently). Lastly there is an excellent bookstore.

Easy to find, self-guided tour quite adequate.

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“An evocative starting point to visiting Kazimierz”
Reviewed December 14, 2007

The Galicia Jewish Museum is set in a modern building on ul. Dajwor, close to the heart of the old Jewish district. It opens from 9am-7pm in the summer, and 10am-6pm in the winter. It costs 7zl to enter (about £1.50 GBP).

What this museum does so successfully is retain the memory of the thousands who lived and died here during the Nazi holocaust. The collection recounts their stories in vivid and personal detail.

It shows how many tried to resist their fate, and how that resistance came in smaller or greater measures. It also talks of their internal squabbles and conflicts - sometimes we perhaps forget that these were ordinary individuals with human strengths and weaknesses, not just a homogenous unit of suffering.

The museum also tries to show a little of Jewish life after the Holocaust in Poland, and how this has been precarious and sometimes approached with limited sympathy.

It will probably take no more than 2 hours to get round, but this museum leaves a lasting and very personal impression of what happened here during the war years and beyond. There is also a good bookshop and small cafe attached.

5 Thank Martin22
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“Gem of a museum in Kazermeirz”
Reviewed September 19, 2007

Went into the Gallicia museum by chance as we were staying in Kazermeirz and it was around the corner from our hotel on Szeroka Street. It cost 7zlotys or 5 if your a student to get in. The museum was very informative and all the exhibits were in both Polish and English (possibly in another language as well but I can't remember).
We spent a good while in the museum and found the exhibition relating to resistance in Kracow during the nazi occupation very informative. As you go through the museum there are different exhibits and at the back was a special exhibit about a 'Sara' a young jewish woman who kept a diary thruoghout the war.
The museum staff were very helpful and there was a coffee shop and a good book store. I bought a Kracow guide book here as I was unable to purchase one before our trip.

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“Small Museum, Big Success in Renewing Jewish Culture”
Reviewed June 12, 2007

For many centuries, Krakow and the province of Galicia was the diamond of Jewish scholarship and society in Central Europe. WWII changed all that. The Germans decimated the lives of over 16,000 Jews from the Kazimierz, (Krakow's Jewish quarter), and went on an extermination rampage throughout the province.

This sad history is often why most tourists, like myself, visiting Southern Poland for the first time, traditionally seek out the graveyard of Jewish life at sites like the former camps of Plaszow and Auschwitz.

But I found that one of Krakow's best kept secrets is the Galicia Jewish Museum, located at 18 Dajwor Street in the heart of the Kazimierz. The Museum, housed in a former furniture factory, is the ultimate place to visit if you want to be heartened and enlightened by the restoration of Jewish culture in this lovely city.

While cherishing the memory of the Holocaust, the institution is a vital and important wellspring that joyously celebrates the Jewish history and culture of Galicia.

Its existence is owed to the dedication and vision of one man, British photojournalist, Chris Schwarz, whose mission in creating the Museum was to commemorate Polish Jewry from a completely new perspective. In addition, he hopes the facility will also provide a forum for multi-cultural dialogue and understanding, and for the dissemination of exhibitions and publications to wider audiences around the world.

Recent exhibitions and events have included: an International Day for Darfur; a live performance of an ancient Sanskrit drama, an exhibition of paintings inspired by the Song of Songs and a cooperative photographic exhibition in tribute to the Polish Righteous Among the Nations.

There is also a permanent installation of large format photographs by Chris Schwarz called Traces of Memory, that offer a portrait of Jewish life and culture in Polish Galicia that can still be seen today, interpreting these traces in a manner which is informative, accessible, and thought-provoking.

The Museum’s continuing education program provides lectures and seminars on Jewish history, Holocaust studies, traditional dance forms, and lessons in Yiddish and Hebrew. I was fortunate to attend a evening of Klezmer music there that had the whole place rocking!

The Museum's Media Resource Centre is open to the public and houses a continually growing collection of films on various Jewish and Holocaust related themes, including a permanent collection of USC Shoah Foundation testimonies.

I browsed the book store which is one of the largest in Poland devoted to Jewish material, with an ever-growing number of titles in English, Polish, and German.

I found most of the staff bi-lingual and very ultra-friendly, and there is a very fine coffee shop where visitors can rest their weary feet and enjoy the permanent exhibits.

The Galicia Jewish Museum is open daily from 9.00 AM till 7.00 PM in the summer and from 9.30 AM till 5.30 PM in the winter, and closed only for Yom Kippur. Ticket prices are amazingly low for the value of a visit, costing 7 zlotys for regular admission and 5 zlotys for students.


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“A memorable and unusual museum”
Reviewed December 8, 2005

While visiting the Jewish quarter of Krakow, Poland, we happened upon a fairly new "museum" called the Galicia. Their permanent exhibit called "Traces of Memory" is one of the most potent and memorable presentations I have ever seen. The exhibition is a photographic tribute to Poland's vanished Jewish heritage. The large photos both informed and moved us and brought some closure to our reactions from other Jewish sites we had seen in Poland (like Auschwitz) as well as other Jewish places in Eastern Europe. The photos are the work of 2 photographers who also have added explanations and comments to each photo. The whole exhibit will only take about an hour to go through, but you'll be sorry if you miss seeing this stunning display.

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