Night of Museums – What's up at POLIN?

Kolejka do Muzeum POLIN z okazji Nocy muzeów. Zawija aż za pomnik Bohaterów Getta.
fot. M. Jaźwiecki / Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

Once again, POLIN Museum invites the public to the Night of Museums. This year, our theme is, "What's up at POLIN?".

One night of the year, the visitors are offered an opportunity to learn unknown stories about POLIN’s Core Exhibition. Guides will be available to take guests on a tour of the most interesting corners of the Exhibition, and share unique stories related to both Jewish culture and the work of a guide. But that’s not all! "What's up at POLIN?" will take you to the nooks and crannies of the building that are usually inaccessible to the public, and creative workshops for the youngest will be held at the King Matt’s Family Education Area. 

"What's up at POLIN?" event has a unique sound surprise for you. Artists associated with the WarszeMuzik Festival will present contemporary interpretations of Jewish works and arrangements inspired by extraordinary characters and literary works, integrated into the space of the Core Exhibition.  

What's up at POLIN Museum? As part of the event, we also invite you to visit the temporary exhibition "Around Us A Sea of Fire" and The "Legacy" Gallery, which recently expanded to include the history of the Warner brothers, founders of the Warner Bros. Film Studio.

The program of the Night of Museums 2023 – "What's up at POLIN?"

"What's up at the Core Exhibition?" – guided tour

  • Time: 8 PM and 9 PM – in Ukrainian
  • Time: 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM – in Polish
  • Meeting point: the Museum’s main hall

We invite you to join a guided tour of the POLIN Museum Core Exhibition. You will learn about the sources of Jewish music and klezmer bands, and about the places where the most outstanding cantors worked. You will also listen to the sounds of a pre-war Jewish street. There will be special stop along the way where the guests will have the opportunity to listen to contemporary interpretations of Jewish lullabies, mazurkas, and poetry sung live!

The following songs will be performed:

  • VIGLID – a musical meeting of six women, the thread of which are the melodies of old Jewish lullabies. It is a musical journey to melodies shrouded in fog.
    • Ania Karpowicz (flutes) / Lilianna Krych (psaltery) / Marta Piórkowska (violin)
  • "Di rayze aheym" – a song based on a poem by Irena Klepfisz – a poet born in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941, an artist and social activist. It is a site-specific composition using acoustic and electronic instruments as well as field recordings.
    • Ania Karpowicz (composition)
  • Jewish Mazurkas: Aleksander Tansman, Mieczysław Wajnberg, Josima Feldszuh and Władysław Szpilman – a solo program composed exclusively of mazurkas, introducing the work of Polish composers of Jewish origin – Aleksander Tansman and Mieczysław Wajnberg, prepared in a micro version especially for the Night of Museums.
    • Marek Bracha (piano)


  • Ania Karpowicz and Marek Bracha – curators of WarszeMuzik
  • Lilianna Krych – conductor
  • Marta Piórkowska – violin

"What's up in the corridors?" – guided tour by POLIN employees

  • Tour times: 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, 9 PM, 9:30 PM, 10 PM

Have you ever wondered what the basement of the Museum looks like? What the conservation area holds, or how many challahs could be baked in the culinary workshops? 

As in previous years, POLIN Museum continues the tradition of these very popular tours around the Museum guided by employees from various Museum departments to the places not accessible to the public on a daily basis. We open office spaces for our guests, and reveal "what's going on in the corridors."

The tour starts in the main hall, next to the ticket desk, and lasts about 30 minutes. Please be advised that the number of places is limited, so arrive early to secure a place in the tour.


  • Time: 7:30 PM – Tour of the office area, guided by Jolanta Gumula, Deputy Director for Museum Affairs.
  • Time: 8:30 PM – "U Fani" Culinary Lab tour, guided by Magdalena Maślak, Head of the Social and Cultural Programing Team. Tour will be translated into the Polish Sign Language.
  • Time: 9 PM – A Ukrainian tour around the building, guided by Mychajlo Zubar, Promotion Specialist in the Promotion and Marketing Department.
  • Time: 9:30 PM – A Conservation workshop and storeroom tour, guided by Dr Renata Piątkowska, Chief Curator of the POLIN Museum Collections.
  • Time: 10 PM - Security Department tour, guided by Jacek Szczygieł, Head of the Security Department.

Evening workshops at King Matt’s Family Education Area for children

  • Time: 7 PM - 10 PM
  • King Matt’s Family Education Area 

Children with their parents / guardians can join the workshops without queuing at the main entrance line by entering the Museum through the administrative entrance from Anielewicza Street.

After a night full of excitment, how nice it will be to put your head down on a ‘hand-made,’ soft, cotton pillow later! We invite children and their families to participate in the creative workshops "At King Matt's," where they will produce such pillows. 

Selfie photo booth

  • Time: 7 PM - 12 midnight

Snap, Snap! Guests are invited to the main hall for a commemorative photo in the selfie photo booth. Make sure to tag the Museum on our English Facebook page once you get your photo!

Logo of Jewish Cultural Heritage Project: from right side: logo of Norway grants, logo of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Republic of Poland, logo Polin Museum and JCK project.

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