Home Army Museum

Armia Krajowa / Home Army Museum

Krakow, Poland

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Home Army Museum
Armia Krajowa / Home Army Museum
Home Army Museum
Home Army Museum
Home Army Museum
31-511 ul. Wita Stwosza 12
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Phone Number
+48 12 4100770
Recommended duration
3 hours
The Home Army Museum is dedicated to the independence struggle of the largest resistance movement in Europe during World War II – the Home Army or Armia Krajowa, which was the military wing of the underground Polish Secret State. This fascinating museum was opened to the public in the year 2000 and is the only museum that showcases material relating to the Polish underground movement during World War II.

The Home Army to continue the fight for freedom within the country's two occupied zones (Nazi and Soviet) is one of the second World War is less recognized aspects, and though this enormous museum goes to great length to demonstrate that the Poland government, the military and the civilian population never surrendered
Explore the permanent exhibition at the Home Army Museum. This exhibition showcases in minute detail the history of the Polish underground and the Home Army. Visit the main section of the exhibition and learn about September Campaign, which deals with the invasion of Poland in 1939 by Nazi Germany.
Check out the different sections – Society, Terror, Holocaust, concentration camps, and more – dedicated to the division of Poland into the German and Soviet zones and learn about the attitude of the underground to the Jews during the time, all through photographic displays.
Go down to the basement of the building to learn about the experiences and stories of some of the Home Army members through photos and memorabilia. See the diary of the first guerilla commander of World War II, Henryk Dobranzski. Other artifacts to view include the fuselage of a British Halifax bomber, the reconstructed inner structure of a V-2 rocket, homemade projectiles, weapons, a reconstructed detention cell from the post-war communist times, World War II uniforms, propaganda posters, and more.
Sprawling exhibitions are confused and chaotic organized, as a result you may want to book the 100zl, the higher the price of the ticket, for a guided tour (make sure you book at least a day in advance - in English, German, Italian, French and Russian are available).

Nevertheless, it is a must for those interested in the history of the WWII, and you need to book at least two hours for the visit.

The Home Army Museum in Krakow (Polish: Muzeum Armii Krajowej w Krakowie) was created in Krakow, Poland in 2000, to commemorate the struggle for independence by the underground Polish Secret State and its military arm Armia Krajowa (The Home Army), the largest resistance movement in occupied Europe during World War II. The museum is named after general Emil August Fieldorf ”Nil”. It is the only such institution in Poland promoting knowledge about the Polish Underground State and its armed forces during World War II. The idea behind the Home Army Museum is to provide a holistic picture of the Polish underground, its spiritual origins and the shape of patriotic heritage to the present day.
The museum was established in 2000 as a local self-government unit but the formal establishment was preceded by a ten-year effort of collecting the historical items of the Home Army Veterans. So far, the museum brought together more than 8000 exhibits and more than 12 000 archives – mostly gifts of Army Soldiers and their families around the world – historical memorabilia, often with tenor of relics. The library resources reach about 11 500 volumes.
The permanent exhibition presents the history of Polish Underground State and Home Army in their complexity. The main section of the exhibition begins with the so-called September Campaign (Invasion of Poland, 1939). The division of Poland into two occupied zones, German and Soviet, consists of several sections (pe. Society, Terror, concentration camps, Holocaust and attitude of the Underground State towards persecuted Jews, etc.) and are well documented with photographic displays. Day-by-day life, both civilian and military, and the policy of both occupants is shown in the rich narrative scenography of the exhibition, based on documents and artefacts such as uniforms, munitions, many documents and decorations.
The main part of the exhibition is situated in the basement. Visitors are confronted with hundreds of photos and memorabilia telling stories of selected Home Army members. One of the most precious exhibits is the diary of a famous major „Hubal” – Henryk Dobrzanski, the first guerilla commander of the World War II in Europe. Among other artefacts there is a replica of a fuselage section of Halifax (British heavy bomber) and a reconstructed inner structure of a V-2 rocket. The reconstruction of a detention cell in which after 1944 Polish Urzad Bezpieczenstwa (Department of Security) held members of the Home Army and postwar Freedom and Independence organisation gives the opportunity to experience the communist terror. The museum has a rich weapon collection, including homemade projectiles.
The museum is located at ulica Wita Stwosza 12 street, in the Grzegorzki District of Krakow.


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