The Museum of the Second World War, established in 2017 in the city of Gdańsk in Northern Poland, is located in a symbolic architectural space, which is also a space of memory, 200 meters from the historic Polish Post Office in Gdańsk and 3 kilometers across the water from Westerplatte Peninsula, both of which were attacked in September 1939 by Nazi Germany. In 1980 Gdańsk was also a birthplace of the Solidarity movement, the biggest trade union movement behind the Iron Curtain which led to the collapse of Eastern Block and to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
The building of the Museum has about 23,000 square meters of floor area, of which the space reserved for the permanent exhibition covers around 5,000 square meters. The exhibition uses the most modern methods to present the Second World War from the perspective of big-power politics but, primarily, through the fates of ordinary people. It is not limited to the experiences of Poles, but recount those of other nations. Apart from the main exhibition space, 1,000 square meters are devoted to temporary shows. The museum’s mission is also to serve as a center of education, culture, and research.
The winning design is a daring vision of international quality. This project does not resemble or emulate any of the numerous museums I have seen around the world. It is unique. This is not only a matter of its theme, which is very powerful and deeply rooted in Poland and, most importantly, in Gdańsk. We are looking at a world-class resolution, a resolution worthy of the 21st century, intended for generations that have not yet been born.”
– Jack Lohman, art historian, director of the Museum of London
The building consists of three major spheres, which symbolically represent the connection between the past, present, and future. The most distinctive part of the building is the 40-meter tall leaning tower with a glass façade, which houses a library, reading and conference rooms as well as cafés and restaurants with a view of the panorama of Gdańsk
“This Museum of the Second World War will become a unique and powerful icon, as well as a public attraction standing for the never-to-be-forgotten history of World War II, a new symbol that will inscribe itself in the hearts of the people of Gdańsk, Poland and Europe.”
– Daniel Libeskind, architect, jury member
Museum is open to visitors from:
in the months of September – June
Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
in the months of July – August
Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00
The museum is closed on Mondays.
Pl. W. Bartoszewskiego 1, 80-862 Gdańsk
tel. +48 58 760 09 60