Oskar Schindler's Factory

Oskar Schindler's Factory
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86% from 64 reviews
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+48 12 257 10 17
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+48 12 257 10 17
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Oskar Schindler's Factory
Address
ul. Lipowa 4

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Editor's review

When Krakow's Podgorze district became the site of the Jewish Ghetto for Krakow's huge Jewish population, many Germans set up businesses in the area in an attempt to profit from the Nazi invasion of Poland. Oskar Schindler was such a man, but in the end he came to save the lives of over 1,100 Jews that worked in his factory, often at great risk to his own life and at personal expense. A state of the art permanent exhibition chronicling the Nazi Occupation opened in June 2010, and has since become one of Krakow's real gem sites. So much indeed, that it has been nominated in National Geographic's contest for the "7 New Wonders of Poland". See details here Also, the exhibition has been adapted to the needs of the blind and the deaf, with verbal and sign-language recordings of the exhibits' descriptions, protruded models of particular items, and the description of sounds that are an integral part of the exhibition.

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David Wilson from United Kingdom Reply Apr 20th, 2016

for what it is the exhibition is quite good but I already new about the German invasion,the illtreatment of the polish people and the same to the Jewish community what I would liked to have learned was more of schindler himself and also what was most disappointing was I was shown around his office block but what I wanted to see was his factories if not in a working capacity then at least some if not all of his machinery. Disappointed but still glad I visited.

Monique from United Kingdom Reply Feb 28th, 2016

Very moving and well worth s visit so well laid out thank GPU

Jennifer Reply Jan 27th, 2015

The most interesting museum in Krakow. You will need to give yourself plenty of time to absorb it all.

Patricia from United Kingdom Reply Jan 22nd, 2015

An excellent exhibition & well worth visiting. Leave plenty of time to see it. Quite warm inside but there is a secure cloakroom to leave coats, but that does get full.

Kate from United Kingdom Reply May 27th, 2014

The best museum in Krakow - leave plenty of time as it is quite a big exhibition.

Will from United Kingdom Reply Mar 3rd, 2014

Overall - Very good. Be prepared to spend a lot of time there so you can read everything and take it all in! I didn't plan enough time to be there so I will return to cover the rest. It's helpful to go with someone Polish to translate some of the posters that are in either German or Polish..

Carla from United Kingdom Reply Jan 21st, 2014

I'm visiting krakow next tues and wanted to visit Oskar Schindler factory, do you have to book in advance if so were is best to book it or can you pay in at the door?

Sue from United States Reply Sep 15th, 2013

I agree with Sue Heath's review. This museum is a must see and isn't just about Oskar Schindler. She's fortunate to have been able to visit twice. We had one and a half hours here but I could have easily spent many more hours here. I especially appreciated the video displays recording the experiences of the people who actually lived through the German occupation. I highly recommend that every visitor to Krakow visit the exhibits.

Sue Heath from United Kingdom Reply Jun 5th, 2013

Been here twice and was absolutely fantastic. It's taken a huge amount of time to renovate but well worth it. Interactive displays document what it was like during the German occupation of Krakow - the museum isn't just about Oskar Schindler. Although there is a room dedicated to him with his original desk etc, the museum concentrates on the German occupation. There's a movie room where ex workers at the factor talk about their experiences there, there's comments all round the museum from people who experienced life in the ghetto's (including Roman Polanski). You can easily spend 3-4 hours in there if you read all the displays etc. There's also a lovely cafe at the entrance where you can get a drink or a snack - it's done out in deference to Schindlers List the movie - complete with 'movie chairs' and the tables adorned with stills from the making of the film. Well within walking distance from the river on a nice day, or you can get one of the tourist buggies from the square that can also drop you off there. Well worth a visit.

Paige from United States Reply Apr 3rd, 2013

Doesn't tell very much. Needs more information.

dave from United States Reply Mar 20th, 2013

it doesnt explain much

austin simons from Canada Reply Nov 23rd, 2012

well I am just fasanated by the holocost not because of what happend but because there was a man named oscar shindler who saved lots of jews

austin simons from Canada Reply Nov 23rd, 2012

well i am just fasanated by the holocost not because of what happend but because there was a man named oscar shindler who saved lots of jews

Zoe from United Kingdom Reply Oct 23rd, 2012

I honestly dont know what there is to complain about. The tickets come at a pretty reasonable price at the amount of information you get. We didnt get the tour guide so i can't reveiw that but we went round by ourselves and there is so much information and it's very intresting! You go through the museum and the further you get through, the date goes on so it explains the war and Schindler himself. There is a lot to take in so might be a bit much for some but is very informative. They set the museum up in such a way that it feels like your in (eg) a train station, a barbers, a street, in a university etc. I dont know how anybody could complain as it is so worth your money and you learn so much, the only thing i would complain about is when there is a group behind you who are getting a tour with a tour guide, its quite distracting but apart from that its great. You can spend as long or as little time as you want in there, we stayed for just over 2 hours but i wished we could have stayed for longer if my eyes weren't as sore from all the reading. Thats the only other problem, lots of reading with small font.

Robert from United States Reply Oct 6th, 2012

A regular ticket is 17pln the website is here for hours http://mhk.pl/oddzialy/fabryka_schindlera I suggest going to the MHK office in the Cloth Hall of the main market square to make reservations. there are a limited number of people that they will allow each day. This is one of the newest museums in Krakow and it is very well done. I highly recommend going.

herito from Poland Reply Jun 21st, 2012

a review of Schindler's Factory, that was published in the first issue of "Herito" quarterly is now avialable online. http://www.herito.pl/en/articles/death-redecorated--2 Publisjed by the International Cultural Centre "Herito" is the only English-Polish magazine on Central European heritage and culture

Mr.ValleyGuy from United States Reply Apr 26th, 2012

what does it cost to visit this museum

Danish student from Denmark Reply Mar 20th, 2012

Anyone who know the cost to visit Shindlers factory?

john vaughan from United Kingdom Reply Dec 14th, 2011

visited krakow,from the 8th to the 11th of december. went to oskar schindler,s factory found it very enlighting and very moving.

Alex Hendry from United Kingdom Reply Nov 12th, 2011

Visited this factory on 05 Nov 2011, it was outstanding. however getting there looks dodgy going via the underpass at the railway, seems a hang out for gangs. When we came out it was dark not a nice area to be in... plan ahead

Louise Young from Ireland Reply Nov 8th, 2011

Went to see this on the Saturday 5th October, it was a pity that the film never told you the amount of Jews that Oskar Schindler saved, and he died with not a penny to his name

Jaye from Australia Reply Sep 30th, 2011

Superb museum. One of the best. Very memorable.

James from United States Reply Aug 19th, 2011

Informative, but only on the side of Polish anti-Jew propaganda. The tour guide spoke of how Schindler's story was completely exaggerated and that he in fact wasn't that great of a man. The tour guide was nasty, yelled at us constantly, and tried to get into arguments with everyone in our group. The tour ended with a white book listing heroes of the holocaust and a black book listing informers. The first person in the black book was a Jew.

Eleni from United Kingdom Reply Apr 12th, 2011

Visited the factory turned museum today in Krakow. Amazing experience, definitely make a visit if you're in the area. Oskar Schindler - what can i say? What an inspiration for all of us, the work of this amazing man is documented in a visual, interactive way that makes it interesting for any one of any age (even my 80 year old grandmother!) to enjoy themselves and take in the information all around you. Great stuff!

paul Mayo from United Kingdom Reply Apr 4th, 2011

do bear in mind that they are shut on the first monday in every month! the website and the front desk are not that helpful as to admission and pre-booking. so think ahead is my tip!

Cracow Life from Poland Reply Mar 11th, 2011

Dear Lauren, to check where Schindler's Factory just click on the 'show on map' button. It's in Podgórze district, You can get there easily from the city centre.

Lauren from United Kingdom Reply Mar 10th, 2011

I'm visiting Cracow next week and want to visit the Oskar Schindler factory, could someone please tell me where it is located?? thanks

nicky galbraith from United Kingdom Reply Jan 15th, 2011

Just visited and your experience will be unforgettable.

Zoltán Filkoházi from Hungary Reply Jan 4th, 2011

The Nazi-occupation was almost a total conrol over the Pollacks, even though not as perfect control as it was after the Soviets' invasion. It was amazing to see the movies of the last peaceful days of Cracow as well as the idyllic life of Kazimierz Jews in the Christians' town during the 1930s up to 1. Sep. 1939. We liked the museum and felt sympathy over both the victims of the Christians and Jews.

mira from United Kingdom Reply Dec 28th, 2010

i visited the museum last week and was absolutely amazed, this is the best museum and exhibition in Poland i have ever seen, it's refreshing to see that poles are crating places that are attractive to visitors

Pete from United Kingdom Reply Dec 22nd, 2010

Simply Krakow's best museum.

colin penfold from United Kingdom Reply Dec 19th, 2010

First visited in 2006. Only Oscars office was open to see.Went back Sept 2010.We were utterly amazed at what we saw.The detail and information opened our eyes to how life was for the jews. A truly amazing and brave man. RIP.

Jamie from United Kingdom Reply Dec 14th, 2010

Really well worth visiting, but make sure to give yourself plenty of time. We were here yesterday for nearly 3 hours, and still did not see it all properly, and had no time at all for the Museum of Modern Art next door.

Year 13 Yarborough School from United Kingdom Reply Dec 13th, 2010

We thought this museum was excellent. Its a must visit. It is so informative. There is so much information to take in. We really enjoyed our time there

june miller from United Kingdom Reply Nov 30th, 2010

My husband and I went to see the factory some 4 years ago - it was very run down and we couldn't go in. I gather that it now is made into a proper museum?

Iikka from Finland Reply Nov 19th, 2010

WHOSOEVER PRESERVES A SINGLE SOUL..., TO HIM AS THOUGH HE HAD PRESERVED A COMPLETE WORLD."

glynis stokes from United Kingdom Reply Nov 9th, 2010

After visiting many city's over the years, Krakow has turned out the BEST,why because of Oscar Schindler, his factory and museum which is unmissable. After viiting the Jewish Ghetto area we saw signs for Schindlers factory and decided to viit,we could not believe how fantastic it was which made us book extra trips to Auschwitz and Bickenou which was very sad and gave us a very different view on life.

nicola colloby from United Kingdom Reply Oct 30th, 2010

JUST BACK TODAY A BRILLIANT MUSEUM DONT MISS IT

welmoed from Poland Reply Oct 30th, 2010

what is the address?

Monica from United Kingdom Reply Oct 8th, 2010

This museum is a must when visiting Cracow. I was really impressed how it has been prepared and how each detail caught my attention. Definitely worth paying for the ticket and waiting in the queue.

eddie from United Kingdom Reply Sep 3rd, 2010

just back from krakow, 3/9/10 schindlers factory in full operation, at my 3rd time of asking, well worth the wait and a must to see, takes you from 1939-1945, theyve even built the ghetto wall inside, a real eyeopener, but what a fantastic display

Donna from United Kingdom Reply Aug 29th, 2010

I love Poland!

Jai Knuth from United States Reply Jul 13th, 2010

Oskar Schindler is a wonderful person. I went to Krakow, Poland in 2006. And Bartek Nowak gave me a tour of the factory. I told him his idea of a novelty shop will earn a modest amount of money. I was moved by oskar schindler enough to change my career from science to manufacture. I was heartbroken by the death of Polands president last year. The schindler jews worked their way out to stay alive. Remember this; never forget the holocaust and never forgive the holocaust.

Autumn from United States Reply May 6th, 2010

i think oskar schindler is awesome. just think how many people wouldn't be here today if he hadn't attempted to save all of the people that he saved.

Gerard from Zambia Reply Mar 17th, 2010

Oskar's a babe.

Elisabeth from United States Reply Mar 17th, 2010

Well, I'm just another student doing a report but I think Oskar Schindler was one amazing guy. I really wish I knew the reasons for what he did, but I guess we'll never know. It still doesn't make me any less awed or grateful of and to him.

PK from Ireland Reply Mar 4th, 2010

From deep within the depths of the human soul can the spark of inspiration be summoned to ignite the quest for justice, freedom, equality until good finally triumphs over evil.

jordan kamrath from United States Reply Feb 16th, 2010

im doing a report on oskar and oh boy is he one amazing fella :) id have to say he is in insperation to alot of people out there i no he is for me.

k&p from United States Reply Feb 1st, 2010

i agree with eddie - best to check their website for information as seems they change their exhibit openings at last minute.

eddie from United Kingdom Reply Jan 30th, 2010

visited in october but it was closed due to building work being carried out, it is to be fully opened by spring 2010 so we are going back in may / oskar schindler , one of my all time hero,s

m from United Kingdom Reply Jan 15th, 2010

He used his power in the right way! Michael 07788100177

Bev Fox from United Kingdom Reply Nov 10th, 2009

It was a moving experience & an honour to sign the visitors book. Would have love to have met you Oscar.

Julie from United Kingdom Reply Nov 7th, 2009

I was in Krkow this past week and visited his factory and the wonderful museum there. A nice way to pay homage to one of the world's true and pure heroes.

Alphonso from Australia Reply Oct 27th, 2009

OSKAR IS LOVE. HE'S MY INSPIRATION. I LOVE HIM AND WANT TO HAVE HIS BABIES. (Even though he's dead.) He has done a lot for this world, and I appreciate his work. Thank you Oskar. We love you here in Australia.

bunny from United States Reply Oct 27th, 2009

oskar schindler - greatness

Randy from United States Reply Oct 15th, 2009

wow LOVE this man, anyone know if this dude still alive, would love to send him a mail.

Cornelia from Romania Reply Oct 6th, 2009

I love this man! Thank you for all your help!Good bless you!

oscar from United States Reply Sep 15th, 2009

i changed my name to oscar i love this dude so much LEGEND

Bre-Anna Wallis from Australia Reply Aug 11th, 2009

I really love you man!! A man that save peoples lives even though he is putting his own in danger is the best legend!! LOVE YOU

john fownes from United States Reply Mar 18th, 2009

oskar schindler was a great and handsome man he earned my respect and i love him with all my heart,i am a tall person with size 16 shoes but he stands over me even though i can step on him, thank you odkar schindler, i love you

from United States Reply Feb 18th, 2009

oakar is AWESOME!!!!!!!

from United States Reply Feb 6th, 2009

Thanks man for all you did

jordan from United States Reply Dec 9th, 2008

i love oscar schindler with all my heart yoo! we shall never forget

olivia from United States Reply Dec 9th, 2008

i think that oscar schindler was a greatt maan! we shall never forgett youu

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