Tour of the Polin Museum

1000 years of history and culture of Polish Jews – once the largest Jewish community

Duration: 2,5 hours
Type: Walking
Quality: In a small group
Day/hour: Every Thursday at 15:00
Meeting point: Inside the Museum, at the reception desk

110,00 zł per person


    The tour starts with a story of a few travelling medieval merchants, goes through centuries when this part of Europe was home to the largest Jewish community in the world, explores distinctive form of life and culture of Polish Jews, their social, economic and political evolution, all the way until extermination during World War Two.
    But Holocaust isn`t the end. The exhibition in Polin Museum goes on to present times, telling what happened to Polish Jews who survived the war, how was their life in communism and how is it today.

    Tour of the Polin Museum - What to expect

    The story is presented in a very modern, interactive exhibition that makes the Polin Museum the most spectacular new museum in Poland. In 2016 it received European Museum of the Year Award. 
    The building itself is a result of international competition. It was designed by Finnish architect Rainer Mahlamakki, who first had to take into consideration the location of the Museum: in what used to be the very heart of Jewish Warsaw, later turned by the Nazis into the ghetto.
    We believe he did a great job. When was the last time you saw a glass building on the site of genocide? Never, it never happens. It`s an incredible statement of hope in the place of tragedy.
    For the locals, the Polin Museum has become an icon of modern architecture in Warsaw. At the Warsaw Tourism Center we also believe it is the face of new Poland – it`s about light, transparency, reflection, openness.
    The Polin Museum brings a balance to our memory. For most people in the world, the story of Polish Jews is the story of Holocaust. Unfortunately, genocide overshadowed what had been before.

    The Core Exhibition consists of 8 galleries:

    • The Forest
    • First Encounters (960-around 1500)
    • Paradisus Iudaeorum (1569-1648)
    • Shtetl – a Jewish Town (1648-1772)
    • Encounters with Modernity (1772-1914)
    • On the Jewish Street (1918-1939)
    • Holocaust (1939-1945)
    • Postwar (1945 to the present)

    The tour of the Polin Museum starts at 3 pm. Before, you can join our morning Jewish Warsaw and Ghetto Walking Tour, which ends at 1:30 pm in the Polin Museum. Thus, you will have an hour and a half for lunch.
    The tour will end by 5:30 pm. Before closing the Museum at 6 pm, you will still have time to look into the Museum`s store with wonderful collection of books (also in English) and gifts.

    Guided by

    The tour is led by one of our professional tour guides, certified by the Polin Museum. To pass the exams and get the Museum`s certificate is a real challenge for Warsaw tour guides. Thus, you can be sure that you will be guided by a real expert on Jewish history and culture.
    We are a circle of friends, very approachable and friendly. We always provide a personal touch and experience, too!

    We look forward to seeing you on the tour!

    What does your booking include? 

    • 2,5-hour guided tour in English led by professional Warsaw tour guides
    • Wireless tour guide system designed to aid communication between participants and the guide
    • Entrance ticket to the Polin Museum

    Meeting point

    Inside the Polin Museum - at the reception desk in the main entrance hall

    Important Information

    Times: From April to October; Thursday at 3 pm.
    Language: English
    Length: 2,5 hours

    Tours are guaranteed. Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.

    Places are limited, reservation is required.

    We guarantee to run only small groups with a maximum of 10. We like talking to and with people rather than at them.
    I think that from your point of view, it’s also a much better and more enjoyable, intimate experience. See you on the tour!

    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled departure, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel within 72 hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.