The Jewish Town (1648-1772)

Shtetls, or towns where Jews constituted majority within the population, were scattered all over the eighteenth-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Find out what the daily life in a shtetl was like. Visit a vibrant market square and a tavern.

Enter a Jewish home, where women played the leading role. In a church, you will learn about the history of Polish-Jewish relations. The unique reconstruction of the painted vault of the wooden synagogue in Gwoździec is the gallery’s main attraction.

The renovation process is a story in itself, to be discovered at the next page >>

Lead Historian: prof. Adam Teller (Brown University, USA).


The project implementation and production of the core exhibition was made possible thanks to the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland. The creation of the exhibition was possible thanks to the support of donors from around the world.