Making history tangible

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw

Authored by: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860551
eBook ISBN: 9781315716404
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506898

10.4324/9781315716404.ch27

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Abstract

Facing the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, POLIN Museum stands on the site of the Warsaw ghetto and prewar Jewish neighborhood. The museum completes the memorial complex. We go to the monument to honor those who died by remembering how they died. We come to the museum to honor them and those who came before and after by remembering how they lived. The museum opened its doors to the public on April 19, 2013, the seventieth anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. On October 28, 2014, the museum opened the core exhibition, a journey of a thousand years. More than one million visitors have come to the museum. POLIN Museum received both the 2016 European Museum of the Year Award and the 2016 European Museum Academy Prize.

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