A chilling recollection of Polish Jewry and one of the few institutions in Poland focusing entirely on the study of the history and culture of the Polish Jews (Polin now being the best known). This amazing building (which survived the war, but still bears the scars of wartime) houses exhibits relating to secular and religious Jewish life in the country from its beginnings to the annihilation during WWII and beyond. As well as an excellent bookshop, the institute’s museum, opened in 1948, features temporary exhibitions and a particularly moving new permanent exhibition titled 'What we were unable to shout out to the world', dedicated to the underground archive of the Warsaw Ghetto and its creators, the Oneg Shabbat group, telling the struggles of those who experienced the holocaust, but ultimately knew they may perish. This is their record. A must see.
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Open 09:00 - 18:00. Sun 10:00 - 18:00, Closed Sat.