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“Nothing to See Here, wait until 2014”

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
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Ranked #3 of 372 things to do in Warsaw
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is the first and only museum dedicated to restoring the memory of the civilization created by Polish Jews in the course of a millennium.Museum's building faces the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw. The Museum completes the memorial complex. At the monument, we honor those who perished by remembering how they died. At the museum, we honor them, and those who came before and after, by remembering how they lived. As a museum of life, POLIN Museum engages with the present and opens out to the future. As an educational and cultural institution, the museum is dedicated to stimulating dialogue in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect. Museum's core exhibition is a journey through the 1000-year history of Polish Jews. Enter this theater of history where the story unfolds in acts and scenes as you walk. Immerse yourself in the story. Encounter those who lived in each period - their words are quoted throughout the exhibition. Enter the scene - a salon, tavern, home, church, synagogue, or schoolroom. There are surprises in drawers you can open, screens and objects you can touch, and much that you can see - artifacts, photographs, documents, and films. Each visit to the museum will be different. There will always be something new to inspire you!
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Not sure why this place is open. Only cost 9 zl ($3) but the exhibitions aren't open yet. Not worth the long walk from Old Town to see this. However, the planned layout looks very interesting, so when this actually opens it will probably be very cool.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

As many reviewers have pointed out, the museum actually isn't finished yet. That said I still found it highly informative. The guided tour of what will soon be was highly informative and explained the thinking behind the architecture. She was also honest in citing the reason for the delay in completing the exhibition as being that there were too many people from too many different countries and that coming to an agreement is thus difficult. It will also be really good for anyone who wants to look into their genealogy once the exhibition is complete as they will be linking databases with Yad Vashem and other institutes in the States, France and elsewhere. One guy on the tour mentioned that he tried this at the Jewish Historical Institute but found it useless. The guide said that the facilities and technology there are nowhere near up to day as what the museum will be once it is completed.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The building is beautiful and worth a visit. But, there is not much to see inside. In the future it will be well worth the visit but they now need more time to put up the various exhibits. Other than the building the sculpture outside the main entrance is well worth the visit.

Thank Napamel
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

The museum opened in April 2013 and I visited it in June 2013, when it was little more than a building and a CGI show of what it would look like when populated with exhibits. It looks promising. The building is full of symbolism, which is best discovered by taking one of the guided tours. I wish I could have seen the inside of the reconstructed synagogue - perhaps next time! The restaurant provided a reasonable lunch of Polish-Jewish food.

Note that the museum has moved from Waretska to Muranow.

Thank Tony30000
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We just returned from Poland and had an opportunity to get a pre-opening tour of the facility which will open officially next year. The museum is an architectural dream inside and out. It is like a work of art in it of itself. Inside you will have an opportunity to walk through a timeline of the Jewish people and their lives in Poland. I was amazed at how long they have been a part of Poland and more importantly the impact they made on the country for more than 500 years. The state of the art theatre will obviously be a great venue to house performances and lectures for years to come.

Even know the museum is not open yet, they allow you in to experience a virtual tour of the museum, and its worth the 45 minutes you will spend there.

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