POLIN Museum

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened its doors to the public in April 2013. It currently functions as a cultural and educational center with a rich cultural program, including temporary exhibitions, films, debates, workshops, performances, concerts, lectures and much more. The Core Exhibition, presenting the thousand-year history of Polish Jews, opened on October 28, 2014.

Komorowski Rivlin 2014
D. Stola, B. Komorowski & R. Rivlin

Formally founded in 2005 by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, the City of Warsaw, and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Museum is an unique and unprecedented initiative, spanning many fields of research and drawing on the expertise of scholars and museum professionals from around the world. We also work with the community-at-large to create a vibrant place of exchange and dialogue where all have the opportunity to express their views, ask questions, and grow.

Museum Council

The Museum Council is a collective body which brings together various parties and institutions involved the Museum’s establishment process. The Council provides a common platform for the discussion and exchange of ideas.

The Museum Council was appointed on March 24, 2009, by the institutional founders of the Museum: the City of Warsaw (represented by President Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz), the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (represented by Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski) and the Council of the Jewish Historical Institute (represented by its chairman Marian Turski). As a result of the City of Warsaw resolution of July 11, 2013, the Council currently includes the following members:

  • Prof. Władysław Bartoszewski (now deceased)
  • Waldemar Dąbrowski,
  • Corinne Evens,
  • Rafał Grupiński,
  • Wiktor Markowicz,
  • Małgorzata Niezabitowska,
  • Włodzimierz Paszyński,
  • Shana Penn,
  • Zygmunt Rolat,
  • Prof. Adam Rotfeld,
  • Prof. Henryk Samsonowicz,
  • Prof. Bożena Szaynok,
  • Prof. Janusz Tazbir,
  • Marian Turski
  • Renata Wiśniewska