top of page



The Museum was established in April 2004 by the British photojournalist Chris Schwarz, in cooperation with Professor Jonathan Webber of UNESCO, in an effort to celebrate the Jewish culture of the Polish Galicia and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in Poland.

Following Schwarz' early death in 2007, Kate Craddy became the director of the Museum.

She was followed by Jakub Nowakowski in 2010. Both English and Polish have remained the Museum's main operating languages.

The museum welcomes over 30,000 visitors annually from around the world.


The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective. An innovative and unique institution located in Kazimierz, the Jewish district of Kraków, Poland, the Museum is a registered charity in Poland. The objectives of the Museum are to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions typically associated with the Jewish past in Poland and to educate both Poles and Jews about their own histories, while encouraging them to think about the future.

Home to the internationally acclaimed permanent photographic exhibition, Traces of Memory, and since 2021 also the 10 Polish Cities. 10 Jewish Stories, the Museum also shows an exciting grange of temporary exhibitions, both curated in-house and sourced from around the world. The Museum’s Cultural and Education Programme is one of the most extensive in Poland, providing a range of services for both individual and group visitors. In 2019 Museum welcomed over 70,000 visitors from all over the world. 


The Galicia Jewish Museum exhibitions are also travelling internationally, recently presented in Japan, South Africa, Ireland and USA.

bottom of page