The museum was opened on April 19, 2013. Multimedia exhibits on Jewish community that flourished in Poland for a thousand years. The building was designed by Finnish architects Rainer Mahlamäki and Ilmari Lahdelma. The exhibition was developed by an international team of more than 120 scholars, working under the direction of Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett from New York University. The Museum stands in what was once the heart of Jewish part of Warsaw – an area which the Nazis turned into the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.
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Being a bit of a dolt when it comes to history, visiting the Museum of Polish Jews was a moving and overwhelming experience. The museum offers many multi-media options for relating to the material which really helps engage a variety of visitors. The core exhibit is so immense however I wished that I could have split up my visit into two separate trips to the museum so that I could really absorb everything properly.
The audio guide is in English, Polish and Hebrew and the museum itself is curated in English and Polish. The core exhibit only recently opened and is a complete boon to preserving Poland's rich history as well as the legacy of its Jewish population which only numbers at 20,000 residents currently.