Welcome back to JHI starting from February 9

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A story about fear and hope, about civil resistance and heroism in the face of ultimate evil, and a journey to the world of religion and culture of Polish Jews. From February 9, 2021 the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute reopens to visitors.

The Institute reopens to visitors from February 9, 2021. The permanent exhibitions: „What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world” and the Little Synagogue at Tłomackie Street and the new temporary exhibition "Where are you? Gen 3,9”, prepared for the 80th anniversary of the closing of the borders of the Warsaw Ghetto, will be open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Admission to the exhibitions will be free during the first week of opening. The stationary Tłomackie bookstore will reopen with the rich offer of new publications of the Jewish Historical Institute. Our Library's Reading Room will also be open to all researchers from Monday to Wednesday.

Attention! People visiting exhibitions, Bookstore and Reading Room at the Jewish Historical Institute are obliged to keep a 1,5 meters distance from other people, and obliged to wear a face mask/visor.

See our Rules and Regulations applying to visits



Where Art Thou? Gen 3:9. Temporary exhibition for the 80th anniversary of the closure of the Warsaw Ghetto

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What the inhabitants of the ghetto felt, how they commented on the closing of its borders, what they feared and where they drew hope from? We know about their fates mainly thanks to the documents preserved in the Ringelblum Archive. Through source materials such as: collected reports, drawings and photographic documentation the creators of the exhibition "Where are you? Gen 3,9” try to introduce visitors to borderline emotional states and existential experiences shared by hundreds of thousands of people crammed into the Warsaw Ghetto.


„What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world” – permanent exhibition

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This is the first such minimalist exhibition about human resistance and heroism in the face of ultimate evil.


Little Synagogue at Tłomackie Street

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The exhibition Little Synagogue at Tłomackie Street, also known as "Bejt Tefilla – The House of Prayer", is an opportunity to see what the synagogue space looks like and learn about the meaning and location of its traditional furnishings or the functions of individual people such as a rabbi, cantor or shames.


The Tłomackie Bookstore

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From poetry, through albums, monographs, non-fiction, cookbooks or for children, to historical studies, including numerous publications issued by the Jewish Historical Institute, our bookstore offers a wide range of services.


JHI Reading Room

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The library of the Jewish Historical Institute has over 80,000 volumes on the history, culture and religion of Jews. It is the largest collection of books on this subject in Poland.

The Reading Room offers books and periodicals from the Library's collection.

Registration is required for the reading room. Please write at czytelnia.rezerwacja@jhi.pl


Due to the renovation, the Archive of the Jewish Historical Institute remains unavailable until further notice. Research visits in the Heritage Documentation Department are also suspended.


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