Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego

Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, Warsaw

Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego

Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
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The Warsaw Rising Museum was opened on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of fighting in Warsaw. The Museum is a tribute of Warsaw’s residents to those who fought and died for independent Poland and its free capital. The exhibition depicts fighting and everyday life during the Rising, keeping occupation terror in the background. Complexity of the international situation at the time of the Rising is portrayed, including the post-war years of the Communist regime and the fate of Insurgents in the People’s Republic of Poland (PRL). With the total area of more than 3000 m2, 800 exhibition items, approximately 1500 photographs, films and sound recordings, history of the days preceding the Rising is told. Visitors are guided through the subsequent stages of the Rising until the time when the Insurgents left Warsaw. Their further fate is also portrayed.
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Sofia I
London, UK49 contributions
Informative and important
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very informative, it's a must if you visit Warsaw, nice cafes on the back street, you need an audio guide as there isn't much info. Only giving 4 not 5 because the map was confusing and would rather have numbers near the areas to use the audio guide
Written 27 October 2021
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Leigh-Harrington
London, UK2,233 contributions
Fascinating and worth the visit, closed Tuesdays, Monday free but full of kids.
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very informative and thought provoking museum with fascinating exhibits, static and film. All with English and Polish descriptions although some of the table screens didn't change to English when we tried. Nice cafe and bookshop. Monday it's free but the schools seem to take advantage and it was full of disinterested teens taking selfies. Closed Tuesdays. Well worth a visit
Written 18 October 2021
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jrd
Washington DC, DC41 contributions
Where in the h*** am I?
Oct 2021
I visited this museum on a sunny Saturday afternoon in October by myself. Even though there's a LOT of plaque/caption reading available, it's clearly a newer museum insofar as it seems to embrace a variety of multimedia for conveying information regarding the heroic uprising and the utter destruction of Warsaw. It's a tale of bravery and sacrifice but also a tragic disaster of human misery and cruelty, and the museum clearly conveys this with content, lighting, sounds, etc.

However, my visit was much less than I had hoped, especially relative to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is an excellent museum. First, the Uprising Museum is laid out in a completely confusing manner. There's no central story line -- I mean, there *is*, but this museum doesn't tell it or lay it out in any coherent way physically. I was a third of the way through the ground floor before I realized I *should* have gotten an audio guide as my confusion as to what I was seeing and how it fit together grew -- without one (and an accompanying map), you are very likely to get lost within the content immediately after entry, as it starts off in 1939, then darts forward, then backward, then sideways, and back again.

But even WITH a map and an audio guide (which I went back to get), you'll see the 'exhibition route' crosses back upon itself numerous times -- it's a like a maze! The mezzanine level in particular is well hidden -- I'm pretty good with maps and yet it took me a good 10 minutes to figure out that it wasn't where I thought it was. There are no signs indicating what room/number you're in at any given moment, so you have to triangulate between the map, the audio guide, and the general shape/orientation of whatever room you're in to figure out where you are and what would be helpful to listen to on the guide. It's fair to say I got 'lost' content-wise on every floor at least once...and I got increasingly frustrated as I continued thru the museum.

Second, the museum was *very* crowded. Although I had to book a timed entry, I showed up 20 minutes early and got in without any issue. I thought the timed entry bit was to reduce crowding during COVID times, but evidently it doesn't really matter. And even though there are signs indicating that masks are to be worn (and how to wear them properly), there are some people that just don't get it...or don't *want* to get it. So, if you're COVID-nervous, this isn't the place for you.

In summary, there ARE some elements in the museum that are extremely well done -- e.g., the movie toward the 'end' featuring a flyover of Warsaw in summer 1945, and the 'Reflections' exhibit -- but the whole is less than the sum of the parts in this case. It was a frustrating disappointment.
Written 9 October 2021
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Sosuma
Lisbon, Portugal353 contributions
Information overload, done in text heavy manner
Sep 2021 • Solo
The layout and content of this museum is overwhelming, tour direction very unclear, hard to follow events in chronological order due to this. There is a lot to read and not that much to look at, so after a while you lose interest. More interactive or visual displays would have been good. Some of the information is not in English, audio guides cost extra. If you were to read every single plaque and watch every video you would need hours to cover this.
Written 17 September 2021
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Zajączkowska
Krakow, Poland34 contributions
A must see place
Sep 2021 • Couples
The museum is full of emotions. Everyone should visit the place and understand how important part of history of Poland the uprising was. On Moday the museum is free of charge :) i like the idea of collecting pages of calendar!
Written 5 September 2021
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Martina S
1 contribution
Where we have to go?
Jul 2021 • Couples
We are disappointed with this museum.

On the one hand, the decoration is good and there is a lot of material about the Warsaw Uprising that makes it very interesting

But on the other hand, it is a completely messy museum that does not understand what the route is to follow. Yes, it is true that in some areas there are indications but in most not. It should be a unique path to walk.
It should also be added that we arrived just when it had been just 20 minutes since they had opened and we asked for audio guides for more information and they were no longer available. There should be more.

Finally add that there were a lot of people inside the venue.
Written 4 August 2021
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
The amazing spirit of the Polish people
Dec 2019
This is a must while visiting Warsaw. It is amazing to see the fighting spirit of the people and what they endured during the war.
Written 20 November 2020
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Jarhy Mugby
25 contributions
Very impressive
Dec 2019
Very impressive and emotionally touching. Great collection and very well documented. One of the best WW2 museums I have ever been to.
Written 24 October 2020
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Peter M
London, UK1,438 contributions
Excellentl
Oct 2020 • Couples
Dropped in here as a few hours to spare and understand more about the Warsaw Uprising.
Paid around 50 pzł and also had a hand held audio guide too.
So started off and yes.. Very good. There is a lot to read and see too.
Very well laid out and really there is so much here
My only criticism is that some of the numbers on the audio do not correspond to the guide... So you need to be quite adaptable to this and run around a little..
Other thank that is well worth a visit 😉
Written 12 October 2020
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netia1128
Denver, CO482 contributions
Hard to Follow
Sep 2020
This museum has done an outstanding job of creating visually striking displays and incorporating sound effects that make you feel “excited” as you walk through. The content, however, is very discombobulated and dense. Rather than focusing on the Warsaw Uprising, the majority of the museum is text-heavy overviews of the history of how WW II began, the conflicts that occurred throughout, and even the aftermath of the war as a whole – the same repetitive content you seem to find at most other WW II museums. Although the exhibits are in chronological order, the material is not really, so as you walk around you’re constantly jumping forwards and backwards through time with each display, making it impossible to assemble a sensible storyline in your head. Also, many of the exhibits don’t present a storyline at all – they just talk about dozens of individual Warsaw citizens who participated in WW II. So there is a lot of “Here is John. John was a barber, then he fought in this battalion. Then he was killed in action. And here is Ben. Ben liked to write poems. Then he wrote a newspaper article that said bad things about the Nazis and he was killed.” Perhaps this is the preferred cup of tea for some people, but I struggled to learn much from this museum and found myself mostly bored and confused about in which order I should be looking at the displays.
Written 8 October 2020
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