Location of Auschwitz and Related Camps:
The city of Oswiecim, Poland was occupied by Germany during WWII. Auschwitz Concentration Camp was built in the suburbs of Oswiecim. The city's name was later changed to Auschwitz. Auschwitz Concentration Camp was expanded to include Birkenau, Monowitz, and 40 smaller camps. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum contains the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps, exhibits, and memorials.
Hours of Operation for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum:
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum is open year-round, seven days a week. It is closed Easter Sunday, December 25, and January first.
Hours are as follows:
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM December - February
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM March, November
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM April, October
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM May, September
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM June - August
The resource offices, library, archives, and other departments operate from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM weekdays.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum Grounds:
Among what visitors will see at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum are the grounds of Auschwitz I and the Auschwitz II-Birkenau Concentration Camps. Birkenau was the largest concentration camp; it is possible to take a shuttle between both camps. Wooden barracks, gas chambers, crematoriums, memorials, exhibitions, as well as what remains of the camp and its victims are on display for view.
Touring the Grounds:
While admission to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum is free, visitors would be wise to hire a guide for tours. Guides are necessary for groups but will give personal tours as well. Guides are available who speak a variety of languages, and they can be hired for varying durations - from a 3 1/2 hour tour to one that will detail the camp in 2 days.
Photography and other Regulations:
Visitors are allowed to videotape and photograph for personal (non-commercial) purposes without having to pay a fee. Children under 14 years of age should probably not visit the museum. There is no smoking, no cell phone usage, and no food permitted, so plan ahead.
Information On Former Prisoners:
If you are seeking information about people who may have been interred or murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau, it is possible to ask through letter or email (Att: Archivum). The Office of Information on Former Prisoners, however, warns that many people perished without their information being recorded, and that many pertinent records were destroyed upon the liberation of the camp.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum Archives:
The Archives are for use by researchers and those with university affiliations (prior permission as well as a letter of recommendation are required). This archive contains photos, letters, postcards, audio and video tapes, death certificates, court documents, and eye-witness statements.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum Resources:
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum Contact Information:
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
ul. Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20
tel.: +48 033 844 81 02
fax: +48 033 843 19 34