Galicia Jewish Museum

Learn about 800 years of Jewish presence in Krakow in this insightful photo museum, which also serves as a lively cultural center. 

The Galicia Jewish Museum features revealing photographs of Jewish cultural sights, Holocaust locations and modern interpretations of what it means to be Jewish in Krakow. Learn a traditional Jewish dance or enjoy a Klezmer concert at one of the attraction’s regular cultural events. 

This modern museum has been open since 2004. It’s located in an old Jewish factory and was the brainchild of photojournalist Chris Schwarz, who wanted to commemorate Jewish life in the city of Krakow. Rather than display old photos and relics, the main exhibit of the museum contains selections from more than 1,000 photographs taken over a 12-year period beginning in the 1990s. The focus is on modern perspectives of historical events and Jewish culture in the city. Combine a visit to this museum with a tour of Krakow’s other Jewish sights for a different point of view.

Follow the set route through five chronologically ordered displays. The first sets of photographs depict Jewish culture as it once was through images of relics and historical sights. Move on to see a series of images that deal with places related to the Holocaust. In the latter two areas you can browse images based on the theme of how Jewish culture is presented today. 

Come to the Galicia Jewish Museum on one of its cultural nights. Regular concerts, educational nights, talks and films are held here. Find a timetable on the museum’s website. 

Browse a bookshop that specializes in material on Jewish culture and the Holocaust. When you get hungry, head to the café, where the shelves are lined with kosher produce.

The Galicia Jewish Museum is located a block away from the Remuh Cemetery, south of the Old Town (Stare Miasto). Buses and trams stop close by. The museum is closed on Yom Kippur and Christmas Day. There is a charge for entry. 

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