New Visitor Services Center at the Auschwitz Memorial. Change of the place of arrival and entrance from 15 June
Visitors to the Auschwitz Museum enter to the Memorial through the new Visitor Services Center located at 55 Więźniów Oświęcimia Street.
The visit to the Museum begins at this point. Visitors will walk through the grounds of the Memorial and return to the building after their visit via separate, underground walkways.
‘The new Services Centre has been created in historic buildings related to the camp's history, thus becoming accessible to visitors. The entire infrastructure is fully adapted to the needs of people with disabilities. Some rooms have been allocated for the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust. A point has also been created for information about the victims of the German Nazi camp Auschwitz,’ said Andrzej Kacorzyk, director of ICEAH.
The access road to the Museum has changed. We suggest accessing Więźniów Oświęcimia Street from Legionów Street (from DW 933).
The entire project includes the entrance building that houses a bookshop and a restaurant as well as car park for coaches and cars, luggage storage facility and lavatories. The cinema hall, where visitors can watch an introductory film, has also been modernised.
A modern, three-storey hostel is being built next to the center. In the future, this accommodation facility will be available for volunteers, trainees, and those participating in extended study visits, conferences, and seminars.
These investments are implemented with funds from the European Regional Development Fund of the Polish state budget under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014 - 2020, the support of Ronald S. Lauder and Joel and Ulrika Citron, a specific grant from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Museum's funds.
The project has successfully prevented the destruction of the historic building that housed the slaughterhouse and dairy during the camp's existence.
The project "Increasing access to cultural resources by extending the tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to include the post-camp space of the Schlachthaus and Molkerei buildings and the reconstruction of the cinema hall" was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020, priority axis: VIII Protection of cultural heritage and development of cultural resources, action 8.1 Protection of cultural heritage and development of cultural resources.