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Museum of Pawiak Prison

Price EUR 2.5 Muranow (form. Jewish Ghetto) | Entrance: 2,5€
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Museum of Pawiak Prison

EUR 2.5 per person

pawiak-museum-in-warsawIn the 1950s, former inmates of Paviak Prison campaigned to create a place of remembrance of suffering and martyrdom. Freedom fighters from the Russian imperial period and the National Socialist occupation period were imprisoned in Paviak.

The Pawiak Museum is located on the former Jewish Ghetto area.

Short description

The dead tree in front of the entrance to the museum is a symbol of the victory of love over hate. When the prison was blown up in 1945, it was a state elm tree, the last witness to the suffering that took place here thousands of times over. Family members of the inmates slapped nameplates on the tree trunk in remembrance. In 1984, the tree unfortunately died of disease. For another 11 years, the elm was impregnated and fixed, the crown was cut back so that only the tree trunk and some protruding twigs remained. This form was cast in bronze in 2004.


Adrian Grycuk CC BY-SA 3.0 PL via Wikimedia Commons

The exhibition looks at the lives and suffering of prison inmates during the prison’s operation between 1835 and 1945, when it was a Russian prison from 1835 to 1915, a Prussian prison between 1915 and 1918, a Polish prison between 1918 and 1939, and finally a Nazi prison between 1939 and 1945.

Why do we conditionally recommend this museum?

The theme of the museum is very specific and not riddled with positive sentiments. Of course, we strive to keep alive the memory of World War II and the sufferings associated with it. But we talk enough about war, destruction and destructive irrationality as it is.

So the museum should serve as a supplement for those who want to deal with the subject matter in more detail.

Topic of the exhibition
Life and suffering in Pawiak prison
Space and time
Warsaw 1835 - 1945
In the Warsaw touristic area?
Yes | Former Jewish Ghetto
Contact (museum)
+48 22 831 92 89 (landline)
Dzielna 24/26, 01-008 Warszawa
How to get?
TRAM: "Nowolipki" - lines: 17, 33, 41 | 600 m from the Polin Museum | 1 km from the nearest metro station "Ratusz Arsenal
Opening hours
Wed - Sun | 10am - 5pm
Last entrance
30 minutes before closing
In-house museum guides
Only in Polish
Duration of private visit
60 minutes
Language of the descriptions
Polish and English
Payment methods
Cash and card payment

Admission prices

Free of charge
10 PLN
ISIC card
Yes (till 26 years)
Warsaw Pass

Website of the museum

The museum is located within the borders of the former Jewish Ghetto.

Buy e-ticket on museum website

There is no online booking system in this museum.



The museum is barrier-free.

Main image © Walking Warsaw

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See also

Muranow (form. Jewish Ghetto) | Entrance: 2,5€


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