The museum was built in what was the only area in the former Jewish Quarter that was left without construction. Here, in the past, the Warsaw Ghetto was situated, right at the site where the Judenrat headquarters stood during the war. It is right next to Anielewicz Street and opposite the monument of the sculptor Nathan Rapaport, in memory of the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Even if the museum dedicates a significant part to the Holocaust, it also deals quite a bit with other periods in the history of the connection between the Jews and Poland. In fact, the museum tells about the history of Polish Jewry, starting in the 13th century, and does it right through innovative technology that creates interest.
Although it has an interactive part, which offers activities with computer screens, the museum is not really intended for young children.
The permanent exhibition is divided into 8 spaces representing different historical periods, beginning with the Middle Ages of Polish Jewry, the Jews in the Polish-Lithuanian Union, the Second Polish Republic, the Holocaust and the postwar period.
Here are the museum's wings:
Forest - the escape of the Jews from persecution in Western Europe to Poland, which was the largest house for Jews in Europe.
Middle Ages- the first Jewish settlers in Poland. Descriptions of Abraham ben Jacob, from the 10th century of the Polish state under the first ruler of Yashko, the first ruler of Poland.
Golden Age - in the 15th and 16th centuries, the rich culture of Polish Jewry, which enjoyed religious tolerance, and developed. It ended with the pogroms of the Khmelnytsky revolt, which is represented as a symbolic flame of fire.
Towards a State - In the 17th and 18th centuries, typical suburbs develope near cities with a Jewish majority.
Modernity - Polish Jewry divided in the 19th century succeeds in the industrial revolution in Poland, developing and meeting modern anti-Semitism, which will accompany them from here.
The Street - Between the two world wars, the second golden age of Polish Jewry was created, and a developed Jewish culture was created in Poland.
Holocaust - the horrors of the Holocaust, which puts the Jews of Warsaw in Ghettos and annihilates 90% of Polish Jewry.
Post-War - after 1945, with the departure of most Holocaust survivors from Poland, the Soviet takeover and the anti-Semitic campaign sponsored by the Communist authorities, until the end of communism and the revival of the small Jewish community in Poland.
Entrance is until 4:00 pm.
The tour lasts about two hours.