There are numerous museums and cultural and educational institutions that deal with Jewish heritage in Poland. We have arranged them here by location.The list is still growing….
INTERNATIONAL & GENERAL; WEB SITES
34 Kirkland St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
The web site includes back issues of some volumes of the Association’s newsletter, Gazeta.
Web site devoted to non-Jewish Poles who preserve, protect and care for Jewish culture and heritage in provincial towns and villages throughout Poland.
Publisher of POLIN annual volumes of scholarly articles.
Interactive map to memorials and museums, on the web site of the Foundation of the Memorial to Murdered European Jews in Berlin
Major new institution located on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, with expanding web site and resources. Museum building opened in April 2013; the core exhibit — featuring eight interactive galleries — opened October 28, 2014
ul. Tlomackie 3/5
Tel: +48 (0) 22 827 92 21
Fax: +48 (0) 22 827 83 72
Research institute and exhibition located in a surviving pre-World War II building that originally was Warsaw’s main Judaic library.
Ul. Tłomackie 3/5
Tel: +48 (0) 22 471 03 40
Fax: + 48 (0) 22 827 92 25
Supports both the Jewish Historical Institute and the team putting together the core exhibit of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
ul. Grójecka 22/24 lok.32
Aimed at documentation and spreading knowledge concerning the common history of Poles and Jews, and the Holocaust; also preserving monuments of Jewish culture, mainly Jewish cemeteries.
Pl. Grzybowski 12/16
Tel: +48 (0) 22 620 30 36, 620 30 37, 620 30 38
Fax: +48 (0) 22 620 05 59
Cultural and educational foundation established in 1988 at the initiative of Golda Tencer, an actress and director of the E.R. Kaminska State Yiddish Theatre in Warsaw. It promotes many projects and events, including the annual Singer’s Warsaw Jewish Culture Festival and Zydzi Polscy, a website featuring the thousands of photographs gathered for the Foundation’s exhibition and book “And I Still See Their Faces .”
ul. Tlomackie 3/5
00-090 Warsaw, Poland
Tel: +48 (0) 22 831 1021
Polish office of U.S. Foundation devoted to promoting Jewish culture and heritage activities in Poland
The Center operates within the organizational framework of the Institute of History, University of Warsaw
ul. Dajwór 18, 31-052 Krakow
Tel/Fax: +48 (0) 12 421 6842
Established in 2004 by the late British photographer Chris Schwarz. The permanents exhibit features Schwarz’s photographs of Jewish heritage in Poland. There are temporary exhibitions and educational programs.
A new museum dedicated to the work of the Jewish painter Chaim Goldberg, who painted scenes of pre-World War II Jewish life.
24 ul. Szeroka, 31-053 Kraków
Tel: +48 (0) 12 422 09 62, +48 (0) 12 431 05 45
Fax: +48 (0) 12 431 05 45
Located in the gothic Old Synagogue; a branch of the Krakow History Museum.
4 ul. Lipowa, 30-702 Kraków
Tel/Fax: +48 (0)12 257 1017, 12 257-00-95, 12 257 00 96
Museum about Krakow under Nazi occupation; located in the former factory operated by Oskar Schindler; a branch of the Krakow History Museum.
18 Bohaterów Getta Square, 30-547 Kraków
Tel: (12) 656-56-25
Museum about World War II Jewish ghetto; located in the Ghetto pharmacy; a branch of the Krakow History Museum.
ul. Meiselsa 18, 31-058 Krakow
Tel: +48 12 430 64 49, 430 64 52
Fax:+48 12 430 64 97
Located in a renovated prayer house; cultural and educational programs; exhibits.
Rynek Glowny 25
Tel: +48 12 424 2811
National institution focusing on a broad range of issues regarding heritage and culture in Poland and east-central Europe.
ul. Szeroka 6
Tel: +48 (0) 12 411 12 45
Local publisher of Jewish-themed books; it also maintains a Jewish bookstore, at Jozefa 38.
Annual 10-day event features concerts, performances, heritage tours, workshops, etc. The Festival organization runs the Cheder Cafe (ul. Jozefa 36) as a year-round venue for lectures, workshops, meetings.
ul. Jodłowa 13
Tel: +48 (0) 12 664 7408
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
ul. Józefa 19, 31-056 Kraków
Tel: +48 (0) 12 427 59 18
Fax: + 48 (0) 12 427 59 59
The memorial museum at the Nazi death camp has research facilities and archives. See list of contacts for staff and departments.
Pl. Ks. Jana Skarbka 5
Tel: +48 (0) 33 844 7002
Fax: +48 (0) 33 844 7003
Prayer, research and educational center, with a museum on pre-war Jewish history of Oswiecim. Opened in 2000, it is located in a complex including the town’s only surviving synagogue, which has been restored. The new core exhibition of the Center is called “Oshpitzin: The Story of Jewish Oświęcim.” Opened in May 2014, it tells the story of pre-war Jewish Oświęcim, the Holocaust, and Jewish life in Oświęcim today through unique objects, testimonies, documents, photographs, artifacts from the destroyed Great Synagogue, and immersive new technologies. Jews lived in Oświęcim in a diverse and vibrant community for 400 years before the Holocaust. In 1939, there were roughly 8,000 Jewish residents in a town of 14,000 people. Nearly the entire Jewish population of Oświęcim was murdered in the Holocaust, and all but one synagogue – of nearly thirty that existed – disappeared. The exhibition’s accompanying Smartphone app can be found at app.oshpitzin.pl. It is available for download for both Apple and Android products.
Kazimierz Dolny 24-120
Tel : 81 881 02 88
The collection includes Jewish ritual objects.
25-502, 40 Paderewskiego,
Tel: +48 (0) 41 343 28 40
Fax: +48 (0) 41 343 28 49
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An NGO that, in addition to carrying out civil society activities, manages the Jewish cemetery in Kielce and is working to preserve a rare, surviving private prayer house and move it to the Jewish cemetery where it will anchor an educational/cultural/memorial center.
The Museum is housed in the town’s 17th century Great Synagogue, which has been restored to preserve the interior decoration and fixtures, including the Ark and the four-pillar central bimah. A collection of mazevot from the destroyed Jewish cemetery is displayed outside. The town library is in a second, smaller synagogue nearby.
31 ul Narutowicza
Tel. +48 (0) 65 529 61 43
The Art Gallery of the Museum is house in former synagogue. Also displayed is a permanent exhibition of Judaica. See: Leszno Judaica Collection (a pdf file on the collection). Until 2004, this collection was housed in the former Pre-Burial House on the site of the largely ruined Jewish Cemetery. This building now serves as a branch of the town library. (al. Jana Pawła II 14, 64-100 Leszno. Tel: +48 (0) 65 520 5355; Fax: +48 (0) 65 529 6665; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) The cemetery was destroyed by the Nazis, but about 400 fragments of gravestones have been collected there, and some are displayed in the building.
ul. Pomorska 18
Tel/Fax: +48 (0) 42 639 72 33
The aim is of Foundation, which was founded in 1995, is to rescue, save and strengthen the cultural heritage of Lodz Jews and to bring it back into memory. A main emphasis is the conservation of the Jewish cemetery in Lodz.
Pl. Wolności 5
Tel: +48 (0) 42 636 38 21
Fax: +48 (0) 42 636 33 11
A center for cultural and educational research established by the City Council in 2010 tto organized activities promoting the multicultural and multiethnic heritage of Lodz, with particular emphasis on the Jewish culture.
Located in the restored synagogue, the museum, which opened in March, 2013, was partially funded by the EU and features interactive exhibits.
The museum, founded more than a century ago, has several branches and includes a major permanent exhibition of Judaica called “The world past and finite. Judaica from the collections of The National Museum of the Przemyśl Land.” Material in the exhibit includes items collected since the establishment of the museum in 1909, as well as in post-war decades. Early acquisitions include a collection of 72 archival photographs, obtained by the museum in 1928, which document the gravestones of the old cemetery on ul. Rakoczy, which was completely destroyed during World War II.
ul. Piłsudskiego 37,
16-500 Sejny, Poland
Tel/Fax: +48 (0) 87 516 27 65
Wide-ranging foundation, publishing house, research and cultural center, dealing with dialogue and minority issues; centered in former Jewish buildings in Sejny. A list of activities, Email and other contacts is online.
ul. Kozia 2
Tel: +48 085 718 16 13
Fax: +48 085 718 16 26
Housed since 1977 in the restored Great Synagogue (originally built in 1642); exhibition of Judaica with the main exhibit the restored synagogue itself.
ul. Pawła Włodkowica 5
50-072 Wrocław, Poland
Tel: +48 (0) 71 782 81 23
Tel/Fax +48 (0) 71 341 89 47
Wide-ranging cultural and education foundation that also spearheaded the restoration of the city’s White Stork Synagogue.