The Resource Center
The Resource Center is a place dedicated to all the POLIN Museum visitors who wish to deepen their knowledge of the history of Jews, who are searching for their ancestors or materials for school and research work. The Center provides, among others, access to unique collection of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute.
The Center employees offer their experience in archival research, assist visitors in using genealogical databases, provide historical consultations, and give practical advice on the preservation of Jewish material heritage.
The Resource Center is located next to the Museum shop, on the ground floor (Level 0) of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Access to the Center does not require you to purchase a ticket to the exhibition.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Resource Center is open on Thursday (except for September 16) and Friday from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM.
Detailed information can be found in the regulations on the use of the Resource Center >>
We also provide a consultation via email. You can write to: [email protected]
The Center offers access to:
- basic, free of charge genealogy consultation;
- support in conducting historical research;
- possibility to independently (or with the help of the Center employees) use computer stations with access to a selection of databases on Jewish history and genealogy: Jewish Records Indexing – Poland, Ancestry, Gesher Galicia, The YV Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names, Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database, Virtual Shtetl, Polish Righteous, and others;
- a library containing thousands of books on Jewish history, religion and culture (visit our catalogue);
- oral history interviews from the collections of the POLIN Museum (Jews in Poland, March ’68, The Righteous, and others), the USC Shoah Foundation Institute (55 000 interviews), Centropa Foundation;
- historical maps of towns;
- a catalogue of names of towns from the territories of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in Yiddish and Polish.
The Center also offers access to tactile graphics in Braille for the blind and visually impaired, presenting selected items from the POLIN Museum’s Core Exhibition. We also provide access to computers which are equipped with a special program for people with visual impairment.
We encourage you to take advantage of our paid genealogical research services. See the details of the offering >>