Galicia Jewish Museum

Galicia Jewish Museum
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Galicia Jewish Museum
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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.

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Karol from Poland Reply Jan 30th, 2015

Simply great!

Bernice Steinhardt from United States Reply Jan 29th, 2015

Should be part of every visit to Krakow. Located in the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, the museum affords a glimpse into the once-vibrant Jewish life in Krakow and elsewhere in Poland, while also doing its part to revive that culture. Added bonuses: a well-stocked bookshop, comfortable cafe, friendly staff.

Martin Dibbs from United Kingdom Reply Jan 29th, 2015

An essential place to visit when in Krakow. A visit here some years ago left me with a lasting impression of why the museum and museums like it will always be needed.

Marla Raucher Osborn from Poland Reply Jan 29th, 2015

Indispensable to any visit to Krakow!

R from United States Reply Jan 29th, 2015

I appreciate the exhibit that was held on Lwow a few years ago.

Laurie Weisman from United States Reply Jan 28th, 2015

This small museum is constantly innovating with creative exhibits and programs for youth and adults. The staff is young , smart, creative, and enthusiastic. It's very exciting to see young Poles who are so engaged with bringing Jewish history to light and to life in Poland. There's a nice cafe, an excellent bookshop and ever-changing exhibits. Always worth a visit.

David from United States Reply Jan 27th, 2015

Great place!

Aga from Poland Reply Jan 22nd, 2015

Great concerts! For free :D :D

Barbara from Poland Reply Jan 21st, 2015

Wspaniała atmosfera, cudowni ludzie żywo zainteresowani gośćmi, sugestywne inscenizacje, a przede wszystkim doskonałe pomysły na edukowanie ludzi w różnym wieku i z różną znajomością przedmiotu.

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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