Kraków Sightseeing

Eagle Pharmacy (Apteka Pod Orłem)

When the Nazis created the Jewish ghetto in Podgórze in 1941, this pharmacy on Pl. Bohaterów Getta and its Polish owner Tadeusz Pankiewicz found themselves at the very heart of it. Deciding to stay, Pankiewicz and his staff were the only Poles allowed to live and work in the ghetto and over the two years of the ghetto's existence, Apteka Pod Orłem became an important centre of social life as well as aid in acquiring food and medicine, falsified documents and avoiding deportations. Pankiewicz (recognised today as one of the 'Righteous Among the Nations') and his staff risked their lives in many clandestine operations while bearing witness to tragedy through the windows of the pharmacy as the ghetto and its 15,000 inhabitants were ultimately 'liquidated.' Today the building is a branch of the Kraków Historical Museum, recreated to look as it did during Nazi occupation, which through traditional and multimedia displays, and extensive testimonials from both Poles and Jews, heartrendingly describes life in the Kraków Ghetto. Information is displayed inside the chests and cupboards of the pharmacy, and visitors are encouraged to handle dozens of replica artefacts and reprinted photographs, heightening the reality of the events described and creating a very intimate visiting experience. Though comprising only 5 rooms, set aside at least an hour for visiting this excellent museum.


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Open 09:00 - 17:00; Mon 10:00 - 14:00; Closed 2nd Tue of every month. Last entrance 30mins before closing.

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Admission 10/8zł, family ticket 20zł, Mon free.


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Over a year ago
The exhibition is quite small, but very in-depth. We has 1hr before closing and just managed to skim over everything. There is so much information available to read, and see and the museum is very interactive. I would have liked at least 2 hrs to really view the place. There are a number of doccuments written its Polish owner Tadeusz Pankiewicz, that really give startling insight into the ghetto at the time, including some dealing with the liquidation, which he viewed first-hand. Worth noting that you can purchase a ' memory trail' ticket for 23 zloty which allows you access to Schindlers Factory, The Eagle Pharmacy in the Ghetto and also the Gestapo Holding Cells at Dom Slaski on Ulica Pomorska. The ticket is valid for 7 days, so is a great option.
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