Welcome back to JHI starting from May 10

Written by: Jewish Historical Institute
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 May 10, 2021 the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute reopens to visitors.

The Institute reopens to visitors from May 10. We invite you to visit the permanent exhibitions: "What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world” and the "Small Synagogue at Tłomackie Street", as well as the new temporary exhibition "Where Art Thou? Gen 3:9”, prepared for the 80th anniversary of the closing of the borders of the Warsaw Ghetto. This exhibition is prolonged until August 31, 2021.

From May 10, we are introducing new exhibition opening hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9-18 (last admission at 5 pm);
  • Tuesday 9-20 (last admission at 7 PM);
  • Friday 9-16 (last admission at 15:00);
  • Sunday 10-18 (last admission at 17.00).


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

The ticket office works:

  • Tuesday 9-19
  • Wednesday-Thursday 9-17,
  • Friday 9-15,
  • Sunday 10-17.

Payment only by card.

On Mondays exhibitions are free of charge.

Entry limit for permanent and temporary exhibitions – 15 people.

The limit for admission to the synagogue exhibition is 2 people.

See our new Rules and Regulations applying to visits


Research visits

In order to sign up for a research visit, please contact:

Two readers may stay in the reading room at the same time. Readers are required to wear masks and gloves.

Users of the Archive can use the reading room on Thursdays between 9 am and 12 am and, after a break, 1 pm and 4 pm after prior appointment by sending an email to areszka@jhi.pl.


Library’s Reading room

The Reading room is available:

  • Monday-Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Thursday-Friday – closed

Two readers may stay in the reading room at the same time.

Readers are required to wear masks and gloves. On the given days, the reading room is intended only for users of the library's book collection.

Registration for visits is obligatory. To reserve a seat, please write at the email address: czytelnia.rezerwacja@jhi.pl.



The Tłomackie Bookstore will be open in the following hours:

  • Monday 10.00-18.00
  • Tuesday 10.00-20.00
  • Wednesday-Thursday 10.00-18.00
  • Friday 10.00-16.00
  • Saturday closed
  • Sunday 10.00-18.00



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

February 9 – August 31, 2021

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.

There is no horizon in the ghetto sky. Watch the animations accompanying the exhibition "Where Art Thou? Gen 3,9"


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

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


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Small Synagogue at Tłomackie Street

The exhibition Small 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.



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