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POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews 2017-03-17T22:54:33+00:00

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The idea of creating the Museum of the History of Polish Jews originated from the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute and was gradually recognised in Poland and abroad. Thanks to the support of individual, as well as institutional donors from all over the world, in 1995 it was possible to commence and continue the work on the museum project as a public initiative. In 2005 the Museum of the History of Polish Jews was officially founded.

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews is the first public-private institution in Poland. It was founded jointly by the government (the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage), the local government (the Capital City of Warsaw) and a non-governmental organization (the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute). The founding act specified that the public partners were to finance the construction of the Museum’s building and cover most of the current expenses. The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute was responsible for financing and organizing the process of preparation of the core exhibition, as well as for contributing to the current operating budget and for financing the Museum’s public and educational activities.

Jerzy Halbersztadt oversaw all of the Association’s work in creating the Museum of the History of Po lish Jews from 1999 to 2011, initially as Project Director and then as the Association’s Coordinator for the Museum, and in the years 2006-2011 as the Museum’s first director. As such, he played a major role in creating the Museum, including its design and construction.

More than five hundred donors from all over the world joined the fundraising campaign run by the Association, donating PLN 165 million, of which PLN 145 million was raised towards the core exhibition, and 20 million towards educational and public programmes implemented in cooperation with the Museum, and towards statutory operation of the Association.



POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

6 Mordechaja Anielewicza  St.
00-157 Warsaw


Opening hours

Monday| | Thursday | Friday

  • from  10 AM to 6 PM
  • the last entrance for the Core Exhibition: 4 PM

Wednesday | Saturday | Sunday

  • from 10 AM to 8 PM
  • the last entrance for the Core Exhibition: 6 PM

Tuesday – Museum is closed for visitors

Information and educational workshop reservations

+48 22 47 10 301
Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 10 AM – 2:30 PM

Museum office

+48 22 47 10 300
fax +48 22 47 10 398


Ringelblum Archive project

AN ARCHIVE MORE IMPORTANT THAN LIFE The Association’s Department of Development is raising funds for the production of the JHI’s permanent exhibition of the Ringelblum Archive and related publications and programs. This project will bring this unique treasure to the world. The archive itself will be available online. Travelling version of the exhibit will tour [...]


POLIN Museum

The architectural competition was announced in February 2005. It was met with great interest — 245 architects from 36 countries responded. Out of the 119 submitted entries, the competition jury invited 11 teams to present their designs. The competition rules stipulated that the building had to be functional and [...]