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Historical Museum of the Municipality of Krakow

Historical Museum of the Municipality of Krakow

Pomorska Street

ul. Pomorska 2

mhk.pl/oddzialy/ulica_pomorska
pomorska@mhk.pl

Public visiting hours:

during summer season (May – October)
Tuesday – Saturday and the second Sunday of every month 10:00 – 17:30

during winter season (November – April)
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and the second Sunday of every month 9:00 – 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 – 17:00
This branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow is located in the Silesian House, built in the 1930's as a youth hostel and dormitory for students from Silesia. During the Second World War it became a detention centre for the Nazi political police force, the Gestapo. Throughout the occupation, the building of the Silesian House was a place of torture and suffering for thousands of Poles and people of other nationalities. In the spaces of the first and second storeys, interrogations were conducted of people from the prison on ul. Montelupich. In the cellars, which were converted into cells, people were held after arrests. Gestapo officers subjected the prisoners to brutal torture, which sometimes led to crippling injuries and deaths. On the walls of the three spaces used as cells, original inscriptions from the years 1943 to 1945 (about 600 altogether) were left by the interrogation victims.

The basic mission of the branch is to care for this historic site of suffering of many thousands of Poles - the cells of the former Gestapo detention centre in Krakow. The permanent exhibit, entitled "Between the Gestapo and the NKVD. Repressions of Cracovians 1939-1945-1956", presents the most important events of Krakow's history between 1936 - 1956.

The museum has prepared a new tour route, known as the "Route of Remembrance”. It consists of three museum branches: the Oskar Schindler Enamelware Factory, the Eagle Pharmacy, and Pomorska Street. The concept of the route is to display the tragic wartime history of Krakow.
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