MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

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In August we are extending the opening hours of the Auschwitz Memorial

ps
29-07-2020

In August we are extending the opening hours of the Auschwitz Memorial. The Museum can be visited from 8.00 to 20.30.

 

Photo: Marek Lach
Photo: Marek Lach
Photo: Paweł Sawicki
Photo: Paweł...
Photo: Marek Lach
Photo: Marek Lach

In July, the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp was visited by over 43,000 people. 91 percent of them visited the Memorial with an educator. Half of the visitors came from abroad.

'We are witnessing a gradual increase in visitors’ interest in visiting the Memorial, especially individual visitors. Shortly after the reopening, the number of visitors was below one thousand a day. Currently, it is over two thousand. Therefore, we have decided to extend the opening hours of the Museum, so that more people can learn about the history of Auschwitz; however, all the limits introduced in connection with the sanitary situation shall be retained. We want to ensure that the tour is as safe as possible,' said Andrzej Kacorzyk, director of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust (ICEAH).

From 08.00 to 16.00 tours will only take place in groups with a guide. From 16.00, free entry passes will also be available for those who want to visit the Memorial by themselves. All those who wish to visit should obtain entry passes at visit.auschwitz.org. Furthermore, as of August 1, it will be possible to make a reservation 90 days before the date of the visit, and a study tour will also be available.

'We also ask visitors who book their free entry passes on the Internet but are unable to visit the Museum for any reason, to inform us of the cancellation of their visit. In so doing, more people will be able to enter the historical area, as visitors can collect such entry passes on site,' added Andrzej Kacorzyk.

Visitors can also take advantage of the Museum’s new bookstore, which was opened in the historical building of the gate of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. 'It is a large space that allows visitors to keep a safe distance. The bookstore staff comprises people from the Publishing House and the ICEAH. Visitors can benefit from their expert assistance in selecting appropriate books,' said Jadwiga Pinderska-Lech, head of the Museum Publishing Department.

We wish to remind visitors that access to both sections of the former camp - Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau - is only possible with an entry pass. The tour begins in Auschwitz I.

Admission to the Memorial is free. However, to meet the needs of those who were and are still willing to support us, we have provided the opportunity to make a donation at the time of reservation through a special system (so-called “pay what you want”).

'Individual visitors may decide whether they want to take advantage of the free admission, or perhaps wish to support our mission with a donation. In doing so, care for the Memorial becomes our common cause,' said Museum director Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński. To date, visitors have supported the Memorial in this way with over PLN 41,000.

We are constantly appealing to all those for whom the preservation of memory is important, for financial assistance which will allow us to continue many educational, scientific, exhibition and publishing projects.

Reservations for each tour type can only be made on the Internet at visit.auschwitz.org. Unreserved entry passes are available at the Museum on the day of the visit. If necessary, we also create new groups for guided tours of the Memorial. However, we cannot guarantee entry for those arriving without a reservation.

To ensure safety, tours with an educator in the so-called guided tours for individual visitors take place in smaller groups of up to 15 people. The overall number of people permitted on the premises has also been reduced. Visitors are requested to maintain a safe interpersonal distance - both before entering the Museum and during the tour.

The same rules on covering the mouth and nose apply on the premises as in all of Poland. We installed devices for contactless hand disinfection at several points on the Museum grounds, and a special disinfection gate has been positioned in front of the entrance.

A special tour route has been prepared for visitors, which minimises the number of places where visitors pass by one another. Inside the buildings, visitors must only move along the marked one-way route. More space has been created by removing all horizontal showcases from the exhibition, which allow visitors to maintain a safe distance during the tour.

For greater safety, the Museum guides wear protective face covers during the tour, and the receivers and headphones used during the tour meet all sanitary requirements. Visitors can also use their headsets, which must fit into the minijack port.