Museum Opening in 2013
At the Museum headquarters in Warsaw, a team of scholars and design professionals is working on creating the permanent exhibit. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, a professor of performance studies at New York University, heads the Core Exhibition Planning Team. In all, the Museum will be 104,000 square feet with 45,000 square feet dedicated to the permanent exhibit. An education center, conference facility, theater and temporary exhibition space will also be housed at the Museum.
In all, we expect that 500,000 people will visit the Museum each year, making it one of the three greatest Jewish museums in the world—alongside the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and Yad Vashem in Israel.
Also unique, is the fact that the Museum’s design was the result of Poland’s first-ever international competition for the design of a public building. The Finnish firm Lahdelma & Mahlamaki Architects won the competition with its striking design, featuring a white stone exterior and gentle curves, which evokes the parting of the Red Sea.