Pomorska Street

Pomorska 2 Street
  • Gestapo headquarters during the Second World War
  • Discover the fate of people imprisoned here
  • See a picture of wartime occupation and communist times in Poland
  • Free cancellation until the start time!

  • The Museum included in Krakow Card
  • Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30 
  • Tuesday - free entry


Cracovians against the terror of 1939-1945-1956 - This is what the exhibition presented in the building at 2 Pomorska Street is called. It is here that the Gestapo headquarters was erected during World War II. Many innocent people were imprisoned and tortured here.

In the basement of the building, there are prison cells and the tragic reminder of the Poles imprisoned here -  over 600 inscriptions scratched by them on the walls.

One of the largest and most valuable projects carried out in the Pomorska Street is the Virtual Archive. This is a huge database of information about the victims of Nazism and Stalinism in Poland. Collected documents and photographs will allow you to read the biographies of the victims. Many tourists have found their family members in this database.

Permanent exhibitions:

The exposition at  Pomorska Street is divided into three exhibitions:

  • The Society for the Defense of the Western Borderlands of Poland and the House of Silesia - history
  • The fate of the victims of the German occupation of 1939-1945,
  • Attitudes of the Polish society towards the imposed communist regime 1945-1956

In addition, the tour includes prison cells and the Virtual Archive

The exhibitions depict the everyday life of the inhabitants of Krakow in 1939-1956. All the interviews, photos, documents, presentations and recordings allow us to touch history and see it all for ourselves.

Interesting facts

There is love in the end

The inscriptions on the walls made by prisoners are definitely the most important and the most moving part of the National Museum exhibition. Gathered in cells in the basement people were interrogated and tortured. The inscriptions show that, unfortunately, they knew what was the future for them - death or prison on Montelupich Street...

They wrote to their loved ones, asked for prayer, called for divine help. You can also see devotion to the homeland, determination, and loyalty above all. Czesiek Mika - a young partisan in the Peasant Battalion Section engraved the eagle on the wall (Polish Emblem) and wrote: "Czesiek does not despair because he will die for his homeland" - and so it happened. He was shot 11 days later.

Important info

  • You can get to the Pomorska Street by public transport, tram stop: Plac Inwalidów
  •  Exchange your printed voucher for a ticket at the Museum ticket office
  • Last visitors are allowed to enter the exhibition 30 minutes before closing. The cash register, the store, and the cloakroom stay open until the closing time
  • Recommended admission for youth from the age of 13, younger children can visit the exhibition only with their parents or guardians
  • To get a discount, you must show a document confirming the age (students should present a valid student ID)
  • You can cancel the reservation free of charge until the start time


Can the Museum be visited on a different day than the date on the voucher?

Sure, you can use the voucher any day after the purchase date.

Does the voucher have to be printed?

Yes, it is necessary. You will not receive a ticket without a printed voucher. If you need help printing it out, please visit our Tourist Information Point. Our consultants will print it out for you.