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Katyn Museum (Muzeum Katyńskie)
Katyn Museum (Muzeum Katyńskie)

Katyn Museum (Muzeum Katyńskie)

A moving memorial to victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre, the Katyn Museum is housed in the 19th-century Warsaw Citadel that was commissioned by Tsar Nicolas I to house Russian troops. Personal effects, documentation, and portraits evoke the Second World War tragedy, while an audio guide fills in missing pieces of history.

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Open Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm
Powsinska 13, Warsaw, 02-920

The basics

Small but impactful, Katyn Museum is a window into a tragic period of Polish history. The museum is free to enter, and while most signs are in Polish, audio guides are available to rent in various languages. Exhibits include many items excavated from mass graves on the site of the Katyn massacre, so the museum may not be appropriate for all children.

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Things to know before you go

  • The museum is an important stop for history buffs interested in the Second World War.
  • Guided tours of the Katyn Museum can be arranged in advance.
  • The Katyn Museum is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
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How to get there

The Katyn Museum is located at Jana Jezioranskiego 4, a 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) walk from the Warsaw Old Town. A nearby tram stop, Park Traugutta 4, is served by lines 1, 4, 6, 18, 23, 28, 41, and 75. If you’re coming from Old Town to the Katyn Museum, it’s possible to use the Bulwar Karskiego, a car-free path that follows the Vistula River.

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When to get there

Open Wednesday through Sunday, the Katyn Museum is rarely crowded. If you’re planning to rent an audio guide, the self-guided tour generally takes around 45 minutes. Since there’s plenty to see in the surrounding Warsaw Citadel, however, it’s worth setting aside plenty of time to explore the historic cannons, tunnels, and art gallery.

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More World War II Sites in Warsaw

History lovers will find lots to see in Warsaw, which has a handful of wartime sites. The Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego) remembers the local struggle against German occupation, while the Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom is built inside a former Gestapo headquarters. Throughout the city look for Second World War Monuments; among the most moving is the Maly Powstaniec, which is dedicated to children who fought in the Warsaw Uprising.

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