POLIN Museum introduces audio guide for whole families

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews prepared a new method of visiting its main exhibition - an audio guide for children and parents. The inauguration of this mode of tour is set for February 8.

Thanks to the audio guide that will accompany the guests through the designated path of sightseeing, "entire families will be able to set off on a fascinating journey through the 1000 years of common Polish and Polish Jews' history in a different way than before," museum officials wrote on the website.

The tour with a family audio guide, available in Polish and English, will take about 1.5 hours. It was prepared for children aged 6 to 12 and their adult guardians. Furthermore children over the age of 12 are allowed to the last two stands where the audio guide will not take them - "Extermination" and "Post-war" - with the consent of their guardians.

The guide to the permanent exhibition is the narrator accompanying the visitors, whose tale is complemented by colourful cutscenes played by actors that assists them to feel the atmosphere of old eras. The visitors move back a thousand years to the times when the first Jews came to Polish lands. Along the way, they will learn stories from court chambers, craft workshops, and daily conversations taking place in the streets of former cities and towns.

Young visitors to the museum will also take a closer look into a typical Jewish home and synagogue, learn about Jewish holidays and customs, as well as about the old professions, design their own coin and print a page of an old book on a real printing press. The journey through subsequent sections will lead guests to the interwar period, when Poland regained independence.

The project's co-organiser is the Jewish Historical Institute Association in Poland, while support was provided by the Koret Foundation and the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation.