Warsaw Rising Museum

The Warsaw Uprising Museum (named Warsaw Rising Museum) is one of the most popular tourist attractions. You should definitely go there if you want to know what this city suffered during the months of August and September 1944.

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It is impossible to understand today’s Warsaw without knowing what happened back then in 1944. On the first day of August 1944 the “Uprising” started. It ended after 63 days of heroic fights, leaving the city burned to the ground. The Nazi German Army destroyed around 80%-90% of the existing buildings in Warsaw.

The way this museum was built and created is just incredible…
The creators of the museum contacted all veterans of war who survived or their descendants, in order to share their experience through photos, letters and any other objects that have survived this tragedy; donating these articles and supporting the construction of the museum. The veterans were also asked to share and record their memories. For a couple of years,  people were sending both love and military letters, decorations and orders, rising patches, weapons, clothes, etc. Afterwards, there was a long process of grouping, selection, classification and preparation of descriptions of every object and documentation. On the 31st of July 2004 everything was ready, a day before the 60th anniversary of the “Warsaw Uprising.”

This museum is constructed like every museum should be; it is interesting even for children, it engages you and encourages you to explore more.

You can plan your tour by picking up calendar cards from every day of the “Uprising”,  with a short story of what happened that day. You can listen veterans sharing their memories,  read letters and much more.

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One of the last stages of the museum, is the film “City of Ruins”, showing an aerial image of Warsaw at the time of liberation. I remember when I saw this short 7 minutes movie for the first time… It just wrapped my heart out. I have heard many times before, that Warsaw was razed to the ground, that there was nothing left, but I have never seen that in a “full scale”. The film “City of Ruins” was recorded just after the “Warsaw Uprising.” The camera was installed on a plane called “Liberator”, flying north along the Vistula river during the Spring of 1945.

This film made a big impact on me. You can barely see a brick standing… You can see destroyed bridges floating on the water. It seems almost impossible that someone would survive such a nightmare. Fortunately, it turned out that some people survived and those were the people that didn’t give up and started to rebuild the city. I won’t tell you anything more. You just have to watch this.

The price of the entrance ticket includes the entrance for the film “City of Ruins 3D”. While you are entering to the museum, you should check the timetable of the film displays. Even if you are not a “history freak” its so worth to visit this museum.

In addition if you want to know more about Warsaw Rising before visiting the museum, we can recommend you the webpage:     http://www.warsawrising.eu/

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Practical Information:

Tickets are available at the ticket office and are sold by 5.30 p.m. at the latest (7.30 p.m. on Thursday)

GENERAL ADMISSION PRICES:

Adult – 18 PLN, concession – 14 PLN, group – 10 PLN/person, admission on Sundays is free
GUIDES: 100 PLN
MUSEUM WORKSHOP: 100 PLN

AUDIOGUIDES are available in 21 language versions. Price – 10 PLN.
photographing allowed

Opening hours of the Warsaw Rising Museum:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.,
Thursday 10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.,
the Museum is closed on Tuesdays

Opening hours in July-August:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.,
Thursday 10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.,
the Museum is closed on Tuesdays

How to get there?
Buses: 151, 155, 100 (stops on request), 105, 109, 178, 159
Trams: 1, 22, 24, 8
It is not far from metro station “Daszyńskiego”

Address:
ul. Grzybowska 79, 00-844 Warsaw
Contact: tel.: +48 22 539 79 05, +48 22 539 79 06, fax: +48 22 539 79 24, e-mail: biuro@1944.pl

MW3        Photos source: http://www.1944.pl/galerie/galerie_zdjec/photos/31/ekspozycja_muzeum_powstania_warszawskiego/

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