For Children

Summer in the city at the POLIN Museum

Grupa dzieci na wystawie stałej, w części ekspozycji poświęconej żydowskiej klasie.
fot. Danuta Matloch

Summer at a museum? Definitely yes! Thinking about those who stay in the city during the summer holidays, we have prepared the workshops aimed at developing creativity and getting acquainted with the Jewish culture. All workshops are for groups of children and youth from primary and junior secondary schools and are held free of charge. Their motto is “I know more about Jews - I know more about Poland”.

1. The historical workshops are held within the area of the core exhibition and in the Museum’s Education Centre

  • “Once upon a time in a Jewish town”
    “The Jewish Town” Gallery at the core exhibition reflects the atmosphere of a small, multicultural town in the First Polish Republic. It is an ideal space for workshops devoted to the culture and daily life customs of the Polish Jews. The Gallery contains a marketplace with stalls, a Jewish house, an inn, a church, a cemetery and a synagogue. Following the history of the siblings - a girl Sara and her brother Szmul - as well as their family and neighbours, the participants of the workshops will be able to learn about a typical day in a Polish-Jewish shtetl.
  • “On the Jewish Street”
    The workshops refer to the content of “On the Jewish Street” gallery, which is a part of the core exhibition and comprises the interwar period - the years 1918-1939. The participants will get acquainted with the extraordinary dynamics of the Jewish life in the interwar period. They will have an opportunity to look closer at the richness of the Jewish culture and art: literature, the press, film and theatre. Job sheets, interactivity and the analysis of short texts will help them understand who Polish Jews were in the interwar period, what languages they spoke and what schools they attended. In the space devoted to Jewish schools, the participants will move for a while to prewar classrooms to talk about what has changed and what has survived until the present day.

2. Cultural activities only in the space of the Museum’s Educational Centre

  • “Shabbat is coming!” 
    The purpose of the workshop is to get the children acquainted with the concept of shabbat: what it is, on what occasion it is celebrated, what its name derives from and what it means and what are the customs connected with that holiday. The participants will also make simple, ornamented challah covers, kiddush cups, carton and plasticine candle holders, as well as besamim containers made of matchboxes.

The workshops are held at the Educational Centre of the POLIN Musum in Warsaw and in the space of the core exhibition “A 1,000 Year History of Polish Jews” (6, Anielewicza Street) and are intended for groups of up to 30 people. The workshops within the special offer - “Summer in the city”, are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, between 10.15 AM and 11.45 AM, from 1 July to 31 August 2015.

Reservations are accepted via telephone: +48 22 471 03 01 or by sending an e-mail to the following address [email protected].

The POLIN Museum is accessible to people with disabilities.

We kindly request each group to arrive 15 minutes before the time of the booked workshops.



Supported from the Norway and EEA Grants by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.,
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