The Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened its doors to the public in April 2013. It currently functions as a cultural and educational center with a rich cultural program, including temporary exhibitions, films, debates, workshops, performances, concerts, lectures and much more. The Core Exhibition, presenting the thousand-year history of Polish Jews, opened on October 28, 2014.
Formally founded in 2005 by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, the City of Warsaw, and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Museum is a unique and unprecedented initiative, spanning many fields of research and drawing on the expertise of scholars and museum professionals from all around the world. The Museum also works with the community-at-large to create a vibrant platform for a dialogue and provide a place for people to exchange ideas, express views, ask questions, and grow.
The JHI maintains the most important library and archive in Europe related to Polish Jews, including more than eight million pages of documents. Our holdings are particularly strong in the following areas: documentation of death sites –ghettos, concentration and death camps, and other sites of mass murder; photographs from the prewar, Holocaust, and postwar periods; and works of art by Jewish artists, especially those who died during the war.