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“Heartbreaking”

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
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Private Tour: Warsaw's Jewish Heritage by Retro...
Ranked #8 of 394 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 November 21, 2013 via mobile

I think the museum should be kept in the unfinished state it was in when I visited in October - it was heartbreaking in its emptiness, almost a surreal experience. The special exhibit was a series of film clips on donors talking about the scraps of culture, family keepsakes and relics they contributed after the museum had to go public to solicit items to fill the void. This was so sad - the Nazis almost got their way with a museum to a lost race. Made me want to cry. I really wanted to ask the people working there if they were Jewish, thinking that if they were not it would be completely insane. I loved it and hated it - the whole concept. Go and experience it for yourself.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Three months ago you could see little; now there are wonderful films...actually home movies from people who visited Warsaw and took the images back to America. They show the real lives of the people of Poland, many of whom were relatives of the photographers. Allow time to view it all ( 2 hours).The exhibit is almost finished ( November) but even what is visible here now(September) is well worth the very inexpensive cost of admission. If nothing else one must see the splendid architecture .

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

...but already opened, with a temporary exhibition. A splendid architecture piece, will definitely come back when the basic exhibition is opened.
It is important for Warsaw in many ways and so it should be for the visitors too.

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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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