Galicia Jewish Museum

Galicia Jewish Museum
Rating
97% from 12 reviews
Phone
+48 (12) 4216842
Website
Galicia Jewish Museum
Address
ul. Dajwor 18

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Editor's review

A breath of fresh air is perhaps not the term that you would expect to leap to mind about a museum that explores Poland's Jewish heritage. Many museums of this kind focus solely on the Holocaust. This one attempts to bring a whole world to life through exhibitions, lectures, concerts of Jewish music old and new, and even forays into the work of emigre film directors.
The inaugural exhibition, 'Traces of Memory', by the late and great museum director and photographer Chris Schwarz showcases many years work exploring the towns and countryside of this region of Poland. Ruined synagogues and cemeteries make a powerful impression, as do many other thought-provoking images that explore the Jewish question in Poland. A masterpiece.
The smartly renovated of GJM building also boasts an excellent bookshop and cafe.
Every Friday at 19:00 Join Beit Kraków, the local Progressive Jewish community, organizes Kabbalat Shabbat services held at Galicia Jewish Museum. The services are led by Rabbi Tanya Segal. See also here for the latest details.

Editor
Krakow Life

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Malaika from Germany Reply Dec 9th, 2014

The best Museum in Krakow!! Moving exhibitions, amazing atmosphere, great bookshop, very helpful staff! Really interesting, excellent and unique! I would go back!

Paul from United Kingdom Reply Apr 10th, 2011

Don't miss this place if you are visiting Kazimierz.

Martin from United Kingdom Reply Dec 18th, 2010

A wonderful museum, that is well worth visiting. There is also a nice cafe area, and lots of interesting publications to read and purchase. The photographs are tremendous.

David Kessler from United States Reply Jul 10th, 2009

we went to an exhibition opening here during the festival, but I have to say the whole place was amazing. Incredible photographs and seems very well-geared towards english speakers like myself.

Helen from United States Reply May 25th, 2009

A very moving exhibit that explained a lot about Poland's Jewish history. Stunning photographs.

ruth spencer from United Kingdom Reply Jan 8th, 2009

i thought this was smashing. my name is ruth spencer. i am smashing.

Malcolm Evans from United Kingdom Reply Apr 11th, 2006

Moving and at the same time not morose. Well worth a visit.

T from United States Reply Oct 11th, 2005

Wow! A first rate, top notch museum. A wonderful starting place for a tour of that section of Krakow. I would go back again and again and again.

Peter & Lyn from United Kingdom Reply Oct 10th, 2005

Must see museum .... beautifully laid out .... very thought provoking .... we saw it after a long walk around Podgorze and the Kazimierz districts, it pulled it all together thoughtfully and, actually, with some optimism.

Mariusz from Poland Reply Jan 27th, 2005

This is important place for seeing about horror of Oswiecim (Auschwitz). Please see when you travel in Krakow.

Hugo Wakefield from United Kingdom Reply Jan 25th, 2005

Truly excellent. A must-see in the Kazimierz district. Would love a book of the exhibition - will have to come back when it is published!

Mark Bradshaw from United Kingdom Reply Jan 10th, 2005

At long last - a museum of Jewish History that is short on morose nostalgia or propaganda and long on the hard-hitting reality of a shattered culture and people. This museum presents the facts and lets the visitor draw their own horrified conclusions. The museum's clean contemporary design and upbeat cafe adds a positive, forward-looking note which is not only welcome, but heightens the shock of the images displayed. A must-visit in Krakow.

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