Warsaw Uprising Museum

Warsaw Rising Museum
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego

Replica of the B-24 Liberator
Established February 10, 1983 (1983-02-10)
(opened July 31, 2004)
Location Wola, Warsaw, Poland
Visitors 416,000 (2007)[1]
Director Jan Ołdakowski
Website Official website
One of the buildings of the museum
Museum logo

The Warsaw Uprising Museum (named Warsaw Rising Museum, Polish: Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego),[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] located in the Wola district of Warsaw, Poland, is a museum dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The institution of the museum was established in 1983, but no construction work took place for many years, and the museum finally opened on July 31, 2004, marking the 60th anniversary of the uprising.

The museum sponsors research into the history of the uprising, and the history and possessions of the Polish Underground State. It collects and maintains hundreds of artifacts, ranging from weapons used by the insurgents to love letters, in order to present a full picture of the people involved. The museum's stated goals include the creation of an archive of historical information on the uprising and the recording of the stories and memories of the still living uprising participants. Its director is Jan Ołdakowski, with historian Dariusz Gawin from the Polish Academy of Sciences as his deputy.[9]

The museum is a member organisation of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience.[10]


The museum covers all aspects of the Warsaw Uprising. There are many exhibits over several floors, containing photographs, audio and video, interactive displays, artifacts, written accounts and other testimonies of how life was during the German occupation of Warsaw, the uprising and its aftermath. There are displays dedicated to each district of Warsaw and many informative leaflets and flyers which visitors can take away for free (text is in Polish and English), including 63 calendar pages covering the dates from 1 August 1944 to 2 October 1944 - each containing a summary of the most important events that took place on that particular day of the uprising. Some of the many sections and exhibits include:

Other highlights

See also


  1. The Warsaw Rising Museum homepage.
  2. Ołdakowski, Jan (2004). "Word from the Museum Director". Warsaw Rising Museum website (original). Warsaw Rising Museum. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  3. "Exhibition". Warsaw Rising Museum website. Warsaw Rising Museum. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  4. "Warsaw Rising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego)". Official Tourist Website of Warsaw. Warsaw Tourist Office. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  5. "Warsaw Rising Museum | Warsaw Life". Warsaw-Life.com. Lifeboat Limited. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  6. Spolar, Christine (2008-04-09). "Polish museum wages battle for wartime letters". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  7. "Warsaw Rising Museum reveals groundbreaking 3D film [Watch]". WBJ Online. Warsaw Business Journal. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  8. "Warsaw Rising Museum in Warsaw, Poland". Lonely Planet. BBC Worldwide. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  9. Rozmowa dnia. Z Dariuszem Gawinem rozmawia Paweł Luty Stowarzyszenie Dziennikarzy Polskich.
  10. "Czech Prime minister Petr Nečas: The years of totalitarianism were years of struggle for liberty". Platform of European Memory and Conscience. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011.

Hanson, Joanna K. M. (2004). The Civilian Population and the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. ISBN 0-521-53119-5. 

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