The Eagle Pharmacy

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Plac Bohaterów Getta 18
  • Discover the history of the Krakow Ghetto
  • Look at the image of the war from the perspective of the Polish pharmacist
  • Get to know the conditions in which Jews lived in the ghetto

Opening hours

  • Monday: 10:00 - 14:00 (free entry)
  • Tuesday - Sunday:  9:00 - 17:00
  • Museum is closed at every second Tuesday of the month 

About

A prescription for pain

The pharmacy of Tadeusz Pankiewicz was placed right in the middle of Krakow's Ghetto, surrounded by walls. It was just an ordinary, inconspicuous pharmacy in the corner, although it witnessed the most tragic events of Krakow during World War II. The owner himself became the only non-Jewish inhabitant of the Ghetto.

In the ghetto, where the living conditions were inhumane, Pankiewicz's pharmacy was the only place where Jews could feel human kindness and help. At the time when helping Jews was considered a crime, he managed to escape death. Not once. Probably a dozen times.

All this effort to save as many lives as possible.

What is worth paying attention to?

The pharmacy consists of several rooms, which served as a laboratory, a prescription room, and a duty room.

  • Furniture is reproduced with high accuracy based on photos and descriptions
  • Some exhibits are an authentic equipment used in the pharmacy by Pankiewicz and his staff
  • History is hidden in drawers and cabinets - visitors have to discover it themselves
  • Multimedia, films, and photos allow us to understand better the way Pankiewicz was working and how he contributed to the Jewish community.

This small pharmacy gives us a new perspective on the situation in the ghetto. A pharmacist who risked his own life for another human being gives us an extraordinary lesson on history and humanity.

Interesting facts

Tadeusz Pankiewicz

A graduate of the Jagiellonian University. After graduating, he ran his Eagle Pharmacy in Krakow. When the ghetto was established, the Nazis offered him a transfer to another pharmacy outside the ghetto walls. He refused, and the occupier agreed to such a solution only because the outbreak of the epidemic was only a matter of time. Pankiewicz was forbidden to talk with clients about topics unrelated to medicine.

For its owner, the sales of medicines were not the pharmacy's purpose. Pankiewicz passed on information and illegal correspondence, kept objects, documents and scientific works (including priceless Torah scrolls), arranged passes, transferred medicines to the people who needed it the most. He always allowed someone to hide in his pharmacy during night time. And above all, he treated everyone with respect - which for the inhabitants of the ghetto was the only source of kindness.

Important info

  • You can get to the Museum by public transport, tram stop: Plac Bohaterów Getta
  • exchange the printed the voucher at the ticket office of the Museum
  • Last visitors are allowed to enter the exhibition 30 minutes before closing
  • To get a discount, you must show a document confirming the age (students should present a valid student ID)
  • The ticket is non refudnable

 

Faq

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 Tourists Information Point. Our consultants will print it out for you.