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Museum of Life in the Polish People’s Republic (Communism)

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Price EUR 7 Inner-City South | Entrance: 7€
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Museum of Life in the Polish People’s Republic (Communism)

EUR 7 per person

communism-museum-warsawA museum where the topic of life under communism is processed with humor, yet treated with the necessary seriousness. It is a private museum, allowing limited interference from politics and politicians.

Short description of the exhibition

T he Museum of Life under Communism is a unique place in Warsaw that transports you to a time of absurdity between 1944 and 1989. What evokes bittersweet memories for older generations of Poles becomes a fascinating discovery for those who did not have the opportunity to experience that era. Through genuine relics, artifacts, and stories from everyday life, you will be able to experience the uniqueness of that time up close.

The museum is particularly interesting and educational for the younger generation among us.

Why do we recommend this museum?

T he PRL Museum amusingly showcases the peculiarities of the time of communism, or more precisely, socialist realism. We recommend booking a museum guide who can explain the quirky wisdom of life from that era. Empty store shelves, hours of waiting in lines, exchanging vodka for meat vouchers, and more – you can experience what accompanied us in our daily lives during that time. However, even without a guide, the museum is a lot of fun. It is just the right size, and we particularly enjoy the communist bar at the end, where you can purchase sweets from that era. There’s also a small counter, but in keeping with historical accuracy, only spirits are available for purchase there.

Topic of the exhibition
Life in the People´s Republic of Poland (Communism; Social Realism)
Space and time
People´s Republic of Poland 1944 - 1989
In the touristic area?
Yes | Inner-City South
Contact (museum)
+48 511 044 808 (mobile)
biuro@mzprl.pl
Address
Piekna 28/34, 00-547 Warszawa
How to get?
METRO: The metro station "Politechnika" is 700 m away
ON FOOT: 1,2 km away from the Palace of Culture (Centre)
Opening hours
Mon+Thu | 10am - 6pm
Fri | 12pm - 8pm
Sat + Sun | 10am - 6pm
Last entrance
30 minutes before closing time
Audioguides
Yes (only English)
In-house museum guides
Yes | Only English
Duration of visit
1 hour
Language of descriptions
Polish | English
Payment methods
Cash and card payment

Our tips in the vicinity

Constitution Square (Plac Konstytucji)

In Warsaw, there are only two structures built in the spirit of socialist realist architecture: the Palace of Culture and Science and Constitution Square (Plac Konstytucji). The PRL Museum is located right next to the square. You can see the overwhelming size and expansiveness of these construction projects, unfortunately also the incompleteness and inconsistency. As was often the case in communism, the theory never quite matched reality.

So, take a look around, as the square completes the theme of socialist realism.

Guided tour with us

Price without entrance
75 €
Duration
1 hour
Language
German or English
Max. group size
25
Request
+48 507 980 921 (mob/WhatsApp/SMS)
or via e.mail: info@walkingwarsaw.com

Admission prices

Normal
26 PLN
Reduced
18 PLN
Group
17 / 20 PLN per person
Audioguide
Mobile app (Google Play)
ISIC card
Yes
Warsaw Pass
Yes

There is an audio guide app available for mobile phones (only for Android systems), which you can download onto your phone in advance. Upon entering, you will receive a QR code that allows you to launch the app.

Website of the museum

Accessibility

Unfortunately, the museum is not wheelchair accessible. It is located on the first floor and does not have an elevator.

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