Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum

Krakow Ghetto

Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum in Krakow, located on the right bank of the Vistula, almost opposite the Kazimierz Jewish quarter, is a former enamel factory by an ethnic German and Nazi party member Oskar Schindler. He gave a job to approximately 1,100 Jews and saved them from extermination during Second World War.

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Oskar Schindler ran a factory, Deutsche Emaillewaren-Fabrik (known as Emalia), between 1939 and 1945 at 4 Lipowa Street. The factory produced products for civil and military purposes. At first, the Poles worked on it, and then mainly Jews from the Krakow ghetto.

Steven Spielberg's 1993 movie Schindler's List follows Oskar Schindler and the factory's military history. The slogan was a quote from the Talmud: "whoever saves one life, saves the world entire."

Officially opened to the public in 2010 after years of preparation, the factory museum attracts tourists from around the world to this day.

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Kraków as the capital of the General Governorate for the Occupied Polish Region


Oskar Schindler's Factory is undoubtedly one of Poland's most organized historical importance institutions, open to tourists. By visiting the museum and its permanent exhibition entitled "Krakow under Nazi Occupation 1939–1945", you will gain a deeper insight into the history of Jews and Poles during the Second World War. The exhibition perfectly illustrates Krakow's military history, inhabitants' daily life, and the survivors' fate.

"Krakow under Nazi Occupation 1939–1945"

The Interwar Period: 1918 to 1939

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Pre-war Krakow in photos


In the first part, the exhibition authors presented Krakow before the Second World War. The residents' photographs demonstrate its multiculturalism and multi-confessional character. At that time, people were unaware of what was about to happen in their lives.

Military Mobilization

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Pre-war Krakow train station waiting room

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Pre-war bike in the waiting room of train station


At the end of summer 1939, the authorities first announced a secret and then open mobilization in war cases. Posters displayed on the streets called for military service. The station platforms were overcrowded. 

The Beginning of the War

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Despite the difficult situation, Krakow inhabitants tried to lead a usual life as before


In September 1939, upon the German invasion of Poland, the German army occupied Krakow. This exhibition's part demonstrates the city's transformation into the capital of a separate administrative region of the Third Reich, the General Government. Its gradual Germanization is visible in the change of the streets, establishments, squares names, and flags with a swastika.

Jewish Ghetto

Jewish Ghetto
Due to the overpopulation in the ghetto, about a dozen people each lived in small rooms

Krakow Ghetto
The living conditions of the Jewish people back then


In spring 1941, the Krakow ghetto was officially established in the city by the Germans. It functioned till spring 1943. Its inhabitants worked in factories inside or outside the ghetto, including Oskar Schindler's factory. Photos of streets, people, written memories - all this evokes the sadness of those days.

The Righteous Among the Nations

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Desk of Oskar Schindler with a list of Jews he saved


In the last part, the faces of Schindler's survivors in the photos look at visitors. Their stories and post-war fate are proof that "Anyone who saves a life is as if he saved an entire world." One of the rooms is the authentic entrepreneur's office with a preserved map of Europe.

How to Visit Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum

Address: 
ul. Lipowa 4, 30-702 Krakow

Public transportation:
Tram (lines 3, 19, 24): Plac Bohaterów Getta; (lines 9, 20, 49, 50): Zabłocie
Train (REG, sR): Kraków Zabłocie

Krakow: Schindler's Factory tour with entrance ticket

Krakow Map

Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum is in Podgórze district. The Father Bernatka Footbridge over the Vistula, unveiled in 2010, connecting the old quarter of Kazimierz with Podgórze, contributes to tourist traffic in the district, a 20-minute walk from Kazimierz.



21 comments

  1. I would love to visit that museum with my family! We love to travel, and part of what we love about it is exploring new cultures and their history.

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  2. Museums like this are so wonderful. I always love to explore historical spots and museums when I travel.

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  3. I know about Oskar Schindler and I am a fan of the movie, Schindler's List. I did not know there was a museum dedicated to this part of history! Certainly something worth visiting.

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  4. I've been outside of the museum, but never had the chance to go inside! Next time I go to Kraków, I really would love to go.

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  5. I didn't know about this museum. I agree that anyone who saves a life possibly saves an entire world. Will have this on my bucket list.

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  6. A very important man, as well as courageous, but to see today's world, alas, it makes us think that unfortunately people remember him little and are inspired by him. The museum is also really exciting.

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  7. I would love to explore this factory and museum. I find it so fascinating to learn about history through venues like this.

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  8. IT is always good to learn about history like this. what a fab museum and a great way to learn about history x

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  9. To be honest, I don't know about this museum but I am glad knowing things about it by you sharing this with us. Thank you and hope to visit this place someday!

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  10. Oh wow, I would love to visit Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum in Kraków. My mom used to have one of these machines.

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  11. This is truly nice a place. So much history and stories in here. I'd love to visit it!

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  12. An absolutely fascinating & insightful read - especially as it's a museum we've never come across. We've visited a few museums over the years that have a connection to World War II - this one's now definitely on our 'Must visit' list when we eventually get to visit Krakow.

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  13. Oh wow what a fascinating place to visit! Id love to learn more

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  14. Wow, this looks like a fantastic museum. I love the figures they place in there too to give you the full feel of what it would be like in use. I think learning about these historical events is so important when moving forward in today's world. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I watched the movie, so, yes, I won't miss visiting this museum when I get a chance to visit Krakow. A great reminder how bad war is wherever it is in the world. The entrance fee is reasonable for the time you will spend in the museum.

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  16. I remember reading about Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum from my friend's post when she traveled to Poland a few years ago. Since then I wanted to go and see the museum for myself. I like learning about history and seeing how the place has evolved with so much history.

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  17. I know of this museum and have been wanting to get to Krakow and see it for myself. It somehow, does make me sad when I listen to the stories within the museum of the jews and how they had to live. However, I do feel that it is an important part of our history and we must respect the lessons we can learn from it.

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  18. Krakow has been on my list for a long time now! I teach English to Polish students and they've all been raving about how great Krakow is and your post doesnt make me doubt it one bit. Old world architecture and historical sights that tell a story of the past. One of my fave books is about World War II so to get an insight on that through this museum would be on top of my list for Krakow!

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  19. oh man, we wanted to visit this museum so bad when we were in Kraków...but covid actually closed the museum (yes, we were stuck in Poland for the first 2 months of the pandemic, and spent time time in krakow). Thanks for taking us inside, since we couldn't make it there ourselves!

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  20. I had always thought the movie Schindler's List to be a brilliant one. I would love to visit Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum in Kraków. The museum is a reminiscence of the past marred by war. I am sure that a look at the photos of the faces of Schindler's survivors would leave a lump in the throat.

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  21. I am not much of a museum person to be honest but it does sound like Oskar Schindler's Factory museum would be an interesting one. I'd love to get some insight into the history & lifestyle of the Jews and Poles during Second World War. I plan to visit Poland later this year (if it opens up to tourists outside the EU), this museum will definitely be on my list!

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