In 2007, Avesta Group’s skills were used to redefine the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Formally founded in 2005 by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, the City of Warsaw and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the POLIN Museum opened its doors to the public in September 2014. It is a unique and unprecedented initiative, spanning many fields of research and drawing on the expertise of scholars and museum professionals from around the world.
The Core Exhibition presents the thousand-year history of Polish Jews. It also functions as a cultural and educational centre with a rich cultural programme, including temporary exhibitions, films, debates, workshops, performances, concerts, lectures and much more. Occupying around 4,000 sq.m, the Museum’s Core Exhibition immerses visitors in the world of Polish Jews, from their arrival in Poland as travelling merchants in medieval times until today.
The Museum stands in what was once the heart of Jewish Warsaw – an area which the Nazis turned into the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. This significant location, coupled with the Museum’s proximity to the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, demanded extreme thoughtfulness on the part of the building’s designers, who carefully crafted a structure that has become a symbol of the new face of Warsaw. The design by the Finnish studio Lahdelma & Mahlamäki was selected after an international competition.
In 2016, POLIN Museum won the title of the European Museum of the Year Award.
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