POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is the first and only museum in the world dedicated to restoring the memory of the civilization created by Polish Jews in the course of a millennium. Its core exhibition is a journey through the 1000-year history of Polish Jews – from the Middle Ages until today.

As a museum of life, POLIN Museum engages with the present and opens out to the future. As an educational and cultural institution, the museum is dedicated to stimulating dialogue in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect.


POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews
6 Anielewicza Street
00-157 Warsaw

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+48 22 47 10 300
April 1993: the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute (AJHI) draws up plans for opening a museum of the history of Polish Jews in Warsaw.
April 1997: the City of Warsaw grants AJHI a 13,000 sq. m. plot for the museum next to the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in the Muranów district.
January 2005: the Museum is formally founded as a public-private partnership between the City of Warsaw, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the AJHI.
June 2005: Finnish Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki win the international competition for the design of the museum’s building.
2006: the AJHI and the Museum commence their educational and cultural programming.
June 2007: Groundbreaking ceremony. Construction works begin.
April 19, 2013: Opening of the museum building during commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
October 28, 2014: Grand Opening of the core exhibition of POLIN Museum.
© M. Starowieyska D.Golik/POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
POLIN Museum has a rich and varied collection of over four thousand artifacts related to Jewish heritage. Our collection is made up of objects of unique artistic and historical value, including artworks – from the eighteenth-century engravings of Jean-Pierre Norblin to the work of modern artists such as Ewa Kuryluk, Ryszard Horowitz and Tadeusz Rolke; handicrafted artifacts, especially those that bear testimony to Jewish religion and culture: Chanukah lamps, ataras, parochet, kiddush cups etc. Memorabilia form the largest part of the collection, including photographs, postcards, printed matter, ephemera, personal and historical documents, gramophone records and items of use, often connected to incredible, moving stories told by those who donated them.

From the collection

Kiddush Cup
© P. Jamski/POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  1. In King Matt’s Poland: The 100th Anniversary of Regaining Independence

    • artefact
    • cultural history
    • heritage
    • history
    • drawing & prints
  2. Jukebox, jewkbox! A Jewish Century on Shellac and Vinyl

    • post war history
    • community
    • performance
    • music & media
    • history
    • cultural history