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Price EUR 1.5 Warsaw Praga | Entrance: 1,5 €
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Zabinski Villa

EUR 1.5 per person
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zabinski-villa-in-warsawSome people know the film “The Zookeeper’s Wife“. The story took place in the Zabinski Villa in Warsaw Zoo. The family home is now a museum. Jan Zabinski risked his life and saved several hundred Jews from certain death.

Short description

T he Zabinski Villa stands barely 200 metres from the main entrance to Warsaw ZOO. Some will know the film “The Zoo Director’s Wife”. This villa is the source of the couple and the whole story.

The Zabinski family lived in this house from 1931 and it was one of the few buildings in the zoo not being destroyed during World War 2.

After the war, the interior decoration was adapted to the style of the 1930s. Numerous private objects are exhibited in the building. The cellar, where Jews, who were persecuted simply for being Jewish, were kept, has also been renovated and can be visited.

In the former dining room there is also a collection of the world-famous entomologist of Jewish origin Szymon Tenenbaum. He was locked up in the ghetto in 1941 and gave his valuable insect collection to Jan Zabinski. Today the collection is mainly in the Ponian Academy of Sciences, part of it is in the villa.

The former dining room, the salon, the study including the library and the cellar area can be visited.

Why do we conditionally recommend this museum?

The visit to the villa is related to a specific theme not known to everybody. In this respect, we can only recommend the museum to those who already have a certain premonition. A visit is very interesting if you have seen the film “The Zookeeper´s wife” beforehand.

Topic of the exhibition
Residence of Jan Zabinski and his wife, who saved the lives of hundreds of Jews during World War 2
Space and time
Warsaw during WWII
In the touristic area?
Yes | District Praga North (historical Praga)
Contact (museum)
+48 603 059 758
willa@zoo.wawa.pl
Address
Ratuszowa 1/3, 03-461 Warszawa
How to get
METRO: The metro station "Dworzec Wilenski" is 800 m from the entrance to the zoo.
TRAM: The tram stop "Dworzec Wilenski" and is only two stops away from the Old Town. When you get off there, walk through Praski Park directly to the zoo.
Opening hours
On the first Sunday of every month, there are guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. | Other appointments must be made by telephone or via e-mail.
Audioguides
No
Internal museum guides
Yes | No private visit possible
Language of the descriptions
Polish and English
Payment methodes
Zoo = Cash and card payment | Zabinski Villa = only cash
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Visit to the villa

The Zabinski Villa can only be visited with a museum guide. The tour must be arranged in advance by phone +48 603 059 785 or via email willa@zoo.wawa.pl.

There are also tours on the first Sunday of every month at 11 am and then at 1 pm.

There is a maximum of 25 people in the building (even if there is no pandemic gripping the world).

PLEASE NOTE The guided tour costs 5 PLN per person. However, you still have to pay the entrance fee to the zoo!

Website of the museum

The villa is located within the zoo borders. We have created a separate overview for the ZOO.

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E-ticket on the museum website

The museum has no online booking system.

Our tips in the area?

Only 5 minutes away is a sandy beach open to the public. There is a bar and a ferry connection there. To use the ferry, you can use the normal public transport tickets (these must be bought in advance).

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