Galicia Jewish Museum
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Situated in the heart of Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter of Krakow, the Galicia Jewish Museum houses a permanent photographic exhibition called "Traces of Memory" which is extremely powerful and interesting. The exhibition documents the history of the Jewish people in the villages and towns of Poland, particularly documenting the Holocaust; Poland lost almost a quarter of its population in World War II, and the Jewish community was decimated.
This poignant museum also hosts plenty of temporary exhibitions, a range of special events, lectures and Jewish music concerts and has a well-stocked bookshop. The museum is a registered charity in Poland and the UK and aims to discourage negative stereotypes and misconceptions about the Jews in Poland and educate the public about Jewish history and heritage. The museum is housed in a wonderful building that is an attraction in itself and the exhibitions are very well organised and presented.
The Galicia Jewish Museum is often overlooked as a tourist attraction in Krakow, but is a worthwhile experience for people from all walks of life. Budget at least three hours to fully absorb the experience. Guided tours are available and there is a charming little cafe for refreshments.
Address: Dajwór 18, 31-052 Kraków, Poland.
Telephone: +48 12 421 68 42
Opening times: 10am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.