Krakow Museum of the Polish resistance movement in WW2.
Poland was the first nation to fight the Third Reich and never put
down arms under the Nazi yoke in World War II. The Home Army (Armia
Krajowa), part of armed forces loyal to Poland’s government in exile,
was the best known incarnation of the Polish resistance. It became one
of the most impressive underground organizations in occupied Europe and
significantly contributed to the allied war effort.
The Home Army Museum
employs novel approach in exhibiting its unique collection of weapons,
uniforms, various artifacts, memorabilia, documents, photos, and
documentary films shot during WWII. The exhibits are immersed in an
elaborate show that relies heavily on multimedia and theatrical effects.
It endeavors to provide both experience and knowledge of historical
background, underground activities, harsh realities of life in occupied
Poland, the Nazi and Soviet atrocities, and the heroism and
self-sacrifice of Polish resistance combatants. Also, the museum
constitutes the homage of contemporary Poles to the WW2 resistance
movement as a whole as well as its leaders and heroes.
Home Army Museum in Krakow bears the name of General Emil ‘Nil’
Fieldorf, a native of Krakow and deputy commander of the Home Army, who
was executed by communists in 1953.
Visiting the Krakow
Museum of the Home Army
The museum is situated at 12 Wita
Stwosza street, a ten minutes walk northeast of the Old Town central
historic district of Krakow, opposite Galeria Krakowska shopping mall
across the railroad tracks and near both the city’s main train station
and bus depot. It occupies a converted 1911 Austrian barracks of the
Krakow Fortress and a vast bunker of the command center under it. GPS
coordinates 50 4’ 15’’ N, 19 56’ 58’’ E.
The Home Army Museum
in Krakow is closed on Mondays. Otherwise it’s open from 11 a.m. to 6
A single ticket is 13 PLN.
An English guided tour costs 100 PLN.
Contact the General
Nil Fieldorf Home Army Museum
Postal address: Muzeum Armii
Krajowej im. Generala Emila Fieldorfa – Nila, ul. Wita Stwosza 12,
31-511 Krakow, Poland.