The Museum of the History of Polish Jews will open in 2012 on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. This multimedia narrative museum and cultural center will present the history of Polish Jews and the rich civilization they created over the course of almost 1000 years. Initiated by the Jewish Historical Institute Association in Warsaw in 1996, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews will be a unique institution. Not only is it the first and only museum to focus on the history of Polish Jews, but also it is a truly 21st-century institution in every regard.
Using the latest historical research and most innovative exhibition design, the museum will immerse visitors in the world of Polish Jews and encourage exploration through a wide range of media, documents, and artifacts. As a cultural and educational center, the Museum will provide a unique learning environment, lively public programs, and singular meeting place for a diverse public.
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews – a center for education and culture – is dedicated to preserving the lasting legacy of Jewish life in Poland and of the civilization created by Polish Jews in the course of a millennium. The Statute of the Museum declares that the Museum’s mandate is to exhibit the history of the Jews on the historical territory of the old Republic of Poland, including Warsaw. The Museum will foster respect for Jewish tradition and culture and stimulate dialogue in the spirit of mutual acceptance and tolerance. The founders of the Museum are the City of Warsaw, the Minister of Culture of Poland, the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland as well as an international community of donors and friends.