Visit to….Warsaw Uprising Museum

Visit to….Warsaw Uprising Museum

April 19th is a special day in Warsaw, Poland.  Why?  Because today is the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the 1943 act of Jewish resistance that arose within the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland during World War II, and which opposed Nazi Germany’s final effort to transport the remaining Ghetto population to Treblinka extermination camp. The most significant portion of the rebellion took place from 19 April, and ended when the poorly armed and supplied resistance was crushed by the Germans, who officially finished their operation to liquidate the Ghetto on 16 May. It was the largest single revolt by the Jews during World War.

To learn more up the Warsaw Uprising click HERE.

When we were in Warsaw last fall to drop my son at the airport to head off to university on our list of things to see was the Warsaw Uprising Museum.  We had heard from several people we need to check it out.

I am so glad we did!!!  This was like walking back into history and seeing it first hand.  I know I had said it before growing up in the US, I only read about  World War II in books and was told stories from my grandma and my mother about what my grandfather did while serving in the war but to see it first hand and from a different perspective is  surreal.  I had no idea until that day that all almost all of Warsaw was destroyed because of the uprising!

This place is AMAZING and if you ever make it to Warsaw you need to visit this place!  I promise you, you will not be disappointed.  It kept all 6 of us (ages 5,7, 16,20 and mom and dad) engrossed for all most 3 hours!

They do have audio guides that you can rent in many different languages that explain the different displays as well as telling of the different personal stories of the uprising.  This is  a MUST if you go, otherwise you will miss so much!

Outside wall that has all the names of people who lost their lives during the uprising.

Outside wall that has all the names of people who lost their lives during the uprising.

One of the other walls outside with pictures and a BEAUTIFUL rose garden.

One of the other walls outside with pictures and a BEAUTIFUL rose garden.

Here was the line to purchase tickets to get inside the museum. The ticket office is the small building in front and the actual museum is the building on the right.  We thought they opened an hour earlier according to one of our tour guide books so we were actually the first people there.  But the positive part we got to look at the whole outside first which then gave more time in the afternoon to do other stuff!

Here was the line to purchase tickets to get inside the museum. The ticket office is the small building in front and the actual museum is the building on the right. We thought they opened an hour earlier according to one of our tour guide books so we were actually the first people there. But the positive part we got to look at the whole outside first which then gave more time in the afternoon to do other stuff!

When you first walk in they have these telephone of people telling stories of what happened.  Unfortunately it is only in Polish.

When you first walk in they have these telephone of people telling stories of what happened. Unfortunately it is only in Polish.

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Different letters and identification of the people from the uprising.

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Different pieces of key buildings.

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Walls showing the many stories from the uprising. AND yes much of it is in English and Polish.

In several of the walls contain several interesting artifacts.

In several of the walls contain several interesting artifacts.

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Even after spending a couple of hours inside, the line is long. So come early!!!!

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One of the many walls with lots of amazing pictures.

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They news footage playing in one of the areas. My girls had lots of questions on why things where happening.

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Now some people said this was not a place to bring kids to as some of the pictures might be too much for them BUT most those kinds of pictures are higher up so my girls would have had to been picked up to look them, so we did not have any issues with them in there. If you want your kids to see them then just pick them up or not just keep walking.

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If you have a kid who is into guns, then they will be in HEAVEN in here as there are lots!

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Reproduction sewer tunnels of how they lived and got around in the ghetto. I can not image what they went through.

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A display of what the ghetto looked like when the German’s were done a few weeks later.

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Different ways they got guns and other items moved without being discovered.

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And more guns on display.

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Yes, I think my girls enjoyed the museum.

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Of course there was uniforms on display as well.

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Display showing how the graves were done by the Jews for the Jews during all of this.

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A full size plane on display. Notice the line on the bottom corner? Well that is the line to get into the 3D movie that you can purchase a combo-ticket to see. Only a few at a time go in, so I HIGHLY recommend you get in line sooner than later as when we finally got in line we would be waiting 45-60 minutes to see it based on the number of people in front of us. So with the little ones there was no way we were going to wait that long so some lucky people outside got our movie tickets.

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They had some neat displays with lots of original history.

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Prisoner photos from the Uprising. I can not imagine what they went through after those pictures were taken.

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Looking down at the main floor from the second floor of the museum.

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Polish uniforms

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They have these calendars throughout the museum. When starting from the beginning of the museum you will see the 19th of April and then as you walk around then you will find the next day and the next day, each telling what happened that day. They are in Polish only but my girls still had to have one.

Once again if you make it to Warsaw put this on your to-do list.  They have a souvenir store at both the ticket building as well as inside the museum where you get your audio guides.  They have several books in English so if you are a history buff like we are, they have some GREAT books which we picked up as well as already have read.

Click HERE to go to my blog post to learn more about our visit to Warsaw and other places to visit.

What is your favorite kind of museum to visit?  Mine, history ones like this.

love kelley
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22 Responses to Visit to….Warsaw Uprising Museum

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  2. Chris says:

    Hello,
    Please, don’t mix informations about two uprisings in Warsaw. First one, Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was in 1943 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Ghetto_Uprising and second one, Warsaw Uprising was in 1944 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Uprising.

    Best wishes, Chris

  3. Maria says:

    Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 19.04.1943 – 16.05.1943
    Warsaw Uprising 01.08.1944 – 02.10.1944
    Two different thing…

  4. Adam says:

    To clarify – in Warsaw during WWII were two uprisings – Jews in 1943 and Polish in 1944 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Uprising ). You were in the museum of this second uprising.

  5. Adam says:

    So…. three the same comments :)

  6. Maciej says:

    Its easy to mix both uprisings up for a foreigner… Even half of Poles (I guess) doesn’t know the difference. Its a pity though…

    • Maciej,

      Living over here I have seen the war from a completely different perspective from what I learned from school, reading in books or from talking to other friends from different countries. Which I guess is one of the perks of living overseas, you get to see things from different point of views!!

    • Adam says:

      Maciej,
      I recently heard on TV opinion of some historian – on the world is mainly known Jewish uprising in the ghetto, but most Poles do not even know about the uprising in the ghetto……

  7. leah bokinsky says:

    Very interesting pictures….Elder Bokinsky told me that he loves the people who still live in the Warsaw Ghetto….they treat the missionaries like they are their grandchildren……and the really old ones tell stories of their memories or stories that have been handed down to them

    • Adam says:

      Leah,
      You mean the place where the Ghetto was? Because there is no ghetto in Warsaw for about seventy years.
      Sorry for my comment, but someone might think that in the Warsaw is still Jewish ghetto .
      I live near the Auschwitz, a few hundred meters from Auschwitz subcamp. Many people from abroad come to visit Auschwitz. Some of them do a mental shortcut – hhhmmmm Auschwitz is in Poland, that means that it was a Polish camp, and this means that there poles were killing ….

      • Adam,

        In many of the English books we get even today, some areas are referred to the ghetto area. Part of it I think is a translation thing. I do have to agree with Leah, when we were down there visiting a few weeks ago, I was amazed by the hospitality that some people gave us!

        And I did not realize you live that area! I always thought you were in the Bydgoszcz area. We wanted so much to visit Auschwitz but we had our 2 little kids with us and they can’t go in. So next time we make it down there I now know who to get the inside scoop from!!
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      • Adam says:

        Visit to Auschwitz with your children is actually not the best idea. But on the other hand … I’m probably a similar age as you. I grew up in an atmosphere of post-war. Stories about the war, stories about killed family, stories about bombardments, stories about hiding it was daily life.
        Finding unexploded bombs in the backyard, playing in war with a real grenades was also daily life. So compare with this all story, and visit in Auschwitz (Oświęcim) was not something very special – such things happened during the war on streets, in houses …

  8. ja says:

    Leah Bokinsky – can you see the other comments? There is no Warsaw Ghetto anymore (!), the museum is not about Jewish uprising in Ghetto but Polish uprising in the city of Warsaw.

  9. Anna says:

    Adam – great comment. Leah, your son should read more about Warsaw Ghetto and Warsaw Uprising ! Shame…
    Those crazy americans !

    • Anna,

      Yep we are crazy Americans! But like I mentioned earlier we are not taught about this part of history in school. Ask about who did what in the American Civil War we can tell you about it but when it comes to the fine details of WWI and WWII we only know the key points.

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