Painting and graphics

The collection of painting and graphics comprises about 8,000 items and is one of the largest collections of works of Jewish artists of the interwar period.

More information about painting and graphics

Sculpture and metalwork

The majority of sculptors in the collection of the Jewish Historical Institute come from the ’20s and ’30s of the 20th century.

Historical memorabilia

A large part of of our collection of historical memorabilia comes from the Nazi occupation period during the Second World War, from former ghettos and extermination camps.


The collection of religious objects for use in both the synagogue and home, numbering a few hundred units, is composed of handicraft products, textiles, Torah scrolls written on parchment and illuminated Books of Esther. The majority comes from the 19th century, some from the 18th century.

Download ArtSherlock app!

ArtSherlock is a breakthrough in the identification of art looted in Poland during World War II.

This groundbreaking project based on a mobile application for the identification of lost works of art, allows to identify a work of art in a matter of seconds using a smartphone or tablet. The project was developed by the Communi Hereditate Foundation with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and funding from the Kronenberg Foundation of Citi Handlowy Bank.

Being the first tool of its kind, the application completely revolutionizes the identification of artworks resurfacing after having been looted during wartime. The application can automatically recognize a work of art on the basis of a photograph taken with a mobile device camera. 

Since 1992, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has been compiling information on cultural property lost from within Poland as a result of World War II and taking action for its potential recovery. The Ministry runs the only Poland-wide registry of lost moveable cultural property, counting nearly 63 thousand entries and accessible online at The list of lost works includes pieces by domestic and international artists such as: Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Aleksander and Maksymilian Gierymski, Jan Matejko and Stanisław Wyspiański. Recent restitution efforts have led to the return of dozens of artworks which had been lost during World War II.

The ArtSherlock app can be downloaded here.

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