The Memorial available seven days a week from 14 June
From 14 June, the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum will be open to visitors seven days a week.
Due to the state commemoration event planned for 14 June, marking the 81st anniversary of the first transport of Poles to the German Auschwitz camp, visits to the Memorial will be possible from 14.00 on that day.
'We regarded the restriction of opening days as an exceptional and temporary solution to the situation caused by the pandemic. In recent weeks, the number of weekend visitors has increased significantly. That is why we are returning to all-week availability for visitors,' said Andrzej Kacorzyk, director of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
The visiting regulations are adapted to the new sanitary requirements, as ensuring the safety of visitors and employees of the Memorial is one of the most important tasks of the Museum during the ongoing pandemic.
Entry to both parts of the former camp, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, takes place exclusively based on Entry Passes. Reservations for each type of tour can only be made online at visit.auschwitz.org. Unreserved entry passes will be available at the Museum on the day of the visit; however, we cannot guarantee entry to the Memorial without reservation.
Tours with an educator for individual visitors take place in smaller groups of up to 15 people. The number of people on the site will also be minimised. Visitors have to observe a safe interpersonal distance - both before entering the Museum and during the tour. The same regulations governing covering of the mouth and nose apply in the premises as in entire Poland (right now face must be covered outdoors and indoors). The temperature of people entering the Museum will also be measured. Several places on the Museum grounds have also been equipped with devices for contactless hand sanitation, and a special sanitation gate has been placed in front of the entrance.
A special tour route is prepared for visitors, which minimises the number of sites where Museum visitors will come into contact with each other. Visitors are required to move inside the buildings only along a one-way route. The larger space was created by removing all horizontal showcases from the exhibition, which facilitates keeping a safe distance during the tour.
To increase safety, the Museum guides cover their faces during the tour, and the audio receivers and headphones used during the tour meet all sanitary requirements. Visitors can also use their headphones, which must fit into the mini-jack port.
Outdoor exhibition boards have been installed in several locations at the Auschwitz I site through which visitors can learn about the history and see among others, the interiors temporarily excluded from the tour, such as the underground of block 11.