Galicia Jewish Museum

Galicia Jewish Museum
Phone
+48 12 421 68 42
Website
Galicia Jewish Museum
Address
ul. Dajwór 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
Editor & Krakow Local

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Events

24th
Feb
#Exhibition

Traces of Memory

Galicia Museum, Ul. Dajwor 18

Photographs by the late Chris Schwarz and text by Professor Jonathan Webber are combined to offer a powerful,... Read more »

25th
Feb
#Exhibition

Traces of Memory

Galicia Museum, Ul. Dajwor 18

Photographs by the late Chris Schwarz and text by Professor Jonathan Webber are combined to offer a powerful,... Read more »

26th
Feb
#Exhibition

Traces of Memory

Galicia Museum, Ul. Dajwor 18

Photographs by the late Chris Schwarz and text by Professor Jonathan Webber are combined to offer a powerful,... Read more »

Reviews

Helen

An important place to visit in Kazimierz if you are interested in Jewish history. Regular exhibitions and events also.

Reply Feb 19th, 2018
Ewa
Netherlands

Great museum and bookstore!

Reply Jun 19th, 2016
Marla Raucher Osborn
United States

Must-see when in Krakow!

Reply Jan 5th, 2016
Mark
Netherlands

Wonderful museum. You have to see for yourself

Reply Dec 31st, 2015
David
United States

Wonderful place, great exhibitions and more!

Reply Dec 31st, 2015
Alon Goldman
Israel

Wonderful museums about Jews living in Poland before the Holocaust. Wonderful staff

Reply Dec 30th, 2015
Lili Haber
Israel

One of the best museums about Jews living in Poland before the Holocaust.

Well Done

Reply Dec 30th, 2015
Martyna
Poland

a very interesting place!

Reply Dec 30th, 2015
Ewa
Poland

Nie potrafie doczekać sie kolejnej wizyty w Muzeum Galicja.

Reply Dec 30th, 2015
MACIEJ
Poland

A must see in Krakow !

Reply Dec 6th, 2015
Professor Zwi Barnea
Australia

A great and important centre for remembering, retaining and promoting Polish-Jewish life in as broad a context as is possible. A wonderful institution.

Reply Dec 5th, 2015
Karol
Poland

Simply great!

Reply Jan 30th, 2015
Bernice Steinhardt
United States

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.

Reply Jan 29th, 2015
Martin Dibbs
United Kingdom

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.

Reply Jan 29th, 2015
Marla Raucher Osborn
Poland

Indispensable to any visit to Krakow!

Reply Jan 29th, 2015
R
United States

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

Reply Jan 29th, 2015
Laurie Weisman
United States

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.

Reply Jan 28th, 2015
David
United States

Great place!

Reply Jan 27th, 2015
Aga
Poland

Great concerts! For free :D :D

Reply Jan 22nd, 2015
Barbara
Poland

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.

Reply Jan 21st, 2015
Malaika
Germany

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

I would go back!

Reply Dec 9th, 2014
Paul
United Kingdom

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

Reply Apr 10th, 2011
Martin
United Kingdom

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.

Reply Dec 18th, 2010
David Kessler
United States

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.

Reply Jul 10th, 2009
Helen
United States

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

Reply May 25th, 2009
ruth spencer
United Kingdom

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

Reply Jan 8th, 2009
Malcolm Evans
United Kingdom

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

Reply Apr 11th, 2006
T
United States

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.

Reply Oct 11th, 2005
Peter & Lyn
United Kingdom

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.

Reply Oct 10th, 2005
Mariusz
Poland

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

Reply Jan 27th, 2005
Hugo Wakefield
United Kingdom

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!

Reply Jan 25th, 2005
Mark Bradshaw
United Kingdom

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.

Reply Jan 10th, 2005
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