Museums, Memorials & Cultural Institutions

 

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

 

American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies

34 Kirkland St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

The web site includes back issues of some volumes of the Association’s newsletter, Gazeta.

Guardians of Memory

Web site devoted to non-Jewish Poles who preserve, protect and care for Jewish culture and heritage in provincial towns and villages throughout Poland.

Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies

Publisher of POLIN annual volumes of scholarly articles.

Sites of Holocaust Remembrance in Poland

Interactive map to memorials and museums, on the web site of the Foundation of the Memorial to Murdered European Jews in Berlin


 

WARSAW

 

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews 

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

Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute

ul. Tlomackie 3/5
00-090 Warsaw
Tel: +48 (0) 22 827 92 21
Fax: +48 (0) 22 827 83 72
Email: secretary@jhi.pl

Research institute and exhibition located in a surviving pre-World War II building that originally was Warsaw’s main Judaic library.

Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland

Ul. Tłomackie 3/5
00-090 Warszawa
Tel: +48 (0) 22 471 03 40
Fax: + 48 (0) 22 827 92 25
Email: biuro@szih.org.pl

Supports both the Jewish Historical Institute and the team putting together the core exhibit of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

The Lasting Memory Foundation

ul. Grójecka 22/24 lok.32
02-301 Warszawa

 

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.

 Shalom Foundation

Pl. Grzybowski 12/16
00-104 Warszawa
Tel: +48 (0) 22 620 30 36, 620 30 37, 620 30 38
Fax: +48 (0) 22 620 05 59
Email: shalom@shalom.org.pl

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 .”

 Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation

ul. Tlomackie 3/5
00-090 Warsaw, Poland
Tel: +48 (0) 22 831 1021
centrumtaubego@centrumtaubego.org.pl

 

Polish office of U.S. Foundation devoted to promoting Jewish culture and heritage activities in Poland

 University of Warsaw: Mordechai Anielewicz Center for the Study and Teaching of the History and Culture of Jews in Poland

The Center operates within the organizational framework of the Institute of History, University of Warsaw

 

KRAKOW

 

Galicia Jewish Museum

ul. Dajwór 18, 31-052 Krakow
Tel/Fax: +48 (0) 12 421 6842
Email: info@galiciajewishmuseum.org

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.

“I Remember” Museum

Miodowa 19
Krakow

 

A new museum dedicated to the work of the Jewish painter Chaim Goldberg, who painted scenes of pre-World War II Jewish life.

Jewish History Museum, Old Synagogue

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
Email: starasynagoga@mhk.pl

Located in the gothic Old Synagogue; a branch of the Krakow History Museum.

 Schindler’s Factory Museum

4 ul. Lipowa, 30-702 Kraków
Tel/Fax: +48 (0)12 257 1017, 12 257-00-95, 12 257 00 96
Email: fabrykaschindlera@mhk.pl

Museum about Krakow under Nazi occupation; located in the former factory operated by Oskar Schindler; a branch of the Krakow History Museum.

The Eagle Pharmacy

18 Bohaterów Getta Square, 30-547 Kraków
Tel: (12) 656-56-25
Email: apteka@mhk.pl

Museum about World War II Jewish ghetto; located in the Ghetto pharmacy; a branch of the Krakow History Museum.

Center for Jewish Culture – Fundacja Judaica

ul. Meiselsa 18, 31-058 Krakow
Tel:  +48 12 430 64 49, 430 64 52
Fax:+48 12 430 64 97
Email: info1@judaica.pl 

Located in a renovated prayer house; cultural and educational programs; exhibits.

International Cultural Center

Rynek Glowny 25
31-008 Krakow
Tel: +48 12 424 2811
Email: sekretariat@mck.krakow.pl

 

National institution focusing on a broad range of issues regarding heritage and culture in Poland and east-central Europe.

Austeria

ul. Szeroka 6
Krakow
Tel: +48 (0) 12 411 12 45
Email: austeria@austeria.pl

Local publisher of Jewish-themed books; it also maintains a Jewish bookstore, at Jozefa 38.

Jewish Culture Festival

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.

 

Jagilellonian University — Center for Holocaust Studies

ul. Jodłowa 13
30-252 Kraków
Tel: +48 (0) 12 664 7408
Email: jolanta.makowska@uj.edu.pl, cbh@uj.edu.pl

 

Jagiellonian University — Jewish Studies Department

ul. Józefa 19, 31-056 Kraków
Tel: +48 (0) 12 427 59 18
Fax: + 48 (0) 12 427 59 59

 

ELSEWHERE

 

AUSCHWITZ/OSWIECIM

 

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial Museum in Oswiecim

The memorial museum at the Nazi death camp has research facilities and archives. See list of contacts for staff and departments.

Online virtual tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau

 

Auschwitz Jewish Center

Pl. Ks. Jana Skarbka 5
32-600 Oswiecim
Tel: +48 (0) 33 844 7002
Fax: +48 (0) 33 844 7003
Email: info@ajcf.pl

 

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.

 

Oshpitzin interactive map, site and guide

 

KAZIMIERZ DOLNY

 

Museum of Decorative Arts: Gold and Silversmith branch

 

Rynek 19
Kazimierz Dolny 24-120
Tel : 81 881 02 88
Email: zlotnictwo@mnkd.pl

 

The collection includes Jewish ritual objects.

 

KIELCE

Jan Karski Society

25-502, 40 Paderewskiego,
Kielce, Poland
Tel: +48 (0) 41 343 28 40
Fax: +48 (0) 41 343 28 49
Email to Bogdan Białek, Chairman: bogdan.bialek@charaktery.com.pl

 

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.

 

LECZNA

 

The Regional Museum

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.

 

 

LESZNO

 

District Museum in Leszno

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: sekretariat@mbpleszno.pl) The cemetery was destroyed by the Nazis, but about 400 fragments of gravestones have been collected there, and some are displayed in the building.

 

LODZ

 

The Foundation Monumentum Iudaicum Lodzense – Lodz Jews Heritage Foundation

ul. Pomorska 18
91-416 Łódź
Tel/Fax:  +48 (0) 42 639 72 33
Email: fundacja@lodzjews.org

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.

 

Marek Edelman Center for Dialogue

Pl. Wolności 5
91-415  Łódź
Tel: +48 (0) 42 636 38 21
Fax: +48 (0) 42 636 33 11
Email: biuro@centrumdialogu.com
 
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.

 

PLOCK

Museum of Mazovian Jews

Located in the restored synagogue, the museum, which opened in March, 2013, was partially funded by the EU and features interactive exhibits.

 

PRZEMYŚL

National Museum of the Przemyśl Land

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.

 

SEJNY

Borderland Archipelago (Pogranicza Archipelag)

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.

 

TYKOCIN

Synagogue Museum (Jewish section of District Museum of Bialystok)

ul. Kozia 2
16-080 Tykocin
Tel: +48 085 718 16 13
Fax: +48 085 718 16 26
Email: synagoga@muzeum.bialystok.pl

 

Housed since 1977 in the restored Great Synagogue (originally built in 1642); exhibition of Judaica with the main exhibit the restored synagogue itself.

 

WROCLAW

Bente Kahan Foundation (Fundacja Bente Kahan)

ul. Pawła Włodkowica 5
50-072 Wrocław, Poland
Tel: +48 (0) 71 782 81 23
Tel/Fax +48 (0) 71 341 89 47
Email: office@fbk.org.pl
www.fbk.org.pl
www.facebook.com/fbkorgpl

 

Wide-ranging cultural and education foundation that also spearheaded the restoration of the city’s White Stork Synagogue.