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Visit the Museum with children

 

How to tour the exhibition with a child?

You know your children best so you know what may interest them. At the POLIN core exhibition, you can discover, touch, play, and imagine bygone times.

Some clues for the start:

  1. Should you have any questions or doubts – do not hesitate to ask the staff whom you’ll see in the exhibition space.
     
  2. The Holocaust Gallery dedicated to the period of World War 2 is recommended for children aged 12 or older.
     
  3. At the entrance to our Museum there is a security desk and all visitors have to go through security gates. When the volume of visitors is high, a several-minute wait may be required.

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What you should pay attention to during your visit?

  1. The main hall – make sure to look at the color of the walls. What does it make you think of? A beach, perhaps? A desert? A cave? In Israel, homeland of the Jews, there are beautiful beaches, deserts and deep caves.
     
  2. Stand between the green panels of the Forest Gallery, and read the Polin legend.
     
  3. The the 13th century coin – you can see the old coin exhibited in the round table. There are inscriptions in Hebrew on the coin. Here, you can also design your own coin.
     
  4. The Jewish community (kehilla) – look at the interactive town plan, click on the screen to see information on the Jewish quarter. Check what the words such as synagogue, mikveh or slaughterhouse mean
     
  5. The printing press – make your own print at the printing house. Ask a member of staff what features on the picture you have printed.
     
  6. The synagogue – look for various animals painted on the synagogue’s vault: lions, unicorns, elephants, hares, fish, squirrels. Each animal carries a hidden meaning. For example, a unicorn stands for justice, lions symbolize Jews themselves, and an elephant is a symbol of Torah and wisdom.
     
  7. The throne – sit on the throne of King Stanisław August and feel like a monarch! Kings can grant rights. What kind of rights would you grant to your family?
     
  8. The railway station – play a ticket conductor and a traveler; buy a ticket at the ticket box and have it stamped.
     
  9. On the Jewish Street – look for an old gramophone and try to tango by following the steps on the floor. You can also call someone from the old telephone – a number of writer Antoni Słonimski is 9 39 47.
     
  10. Climb up the stairs to the mezzanine level and check what toys did the kids use to play with at the prewar courtyards. Try to play hopscotch which has been drawn on the floor.

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POLIN Museum is accessible for visitors with small children. 

  • There are changing mats in the bathrooms; there is also a special room to feed a baby (level -1, next to the security desk).
     
  • Visitors can access the core exhibition by a lift which can easily fit a pram or a pushchair. You can also leave prams and pushchairs in the cloakroom.
     
  • Our restaurant offers meals that are popular with children, e.g. chicken broth with noodles (10 PLN) or chicken breast with vegetables and potatoes, rice or buckwheat (13 PLN).
     
  • The King Matt’s family education area opens daily between 3PM and 6PM (except Tuesdays when the Museum is closed to visitors). 

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These are just few examples of what you may do at the core exhibition. You will find more ideas in the Little POLIN guidebook", available for purchase at the ticket desk.

We encourage you to visit the creative space for children, King Matt’s family education area on the Museum’s ground floor. You can rest there after touring the core exhibition, or take part in creative workshops for families.

Do join the King Matt’s group at POLIN Museum on Facebook.

Should you wish to receive information on workshops for families, please sign up for a newsletter for parents >>

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