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Oskar Schindler’s factory was the site of a quiet rebellion against the Nazi regime and its plan to exterminate the Jews. Though he had been given the factory after it was confiscated from its original Jewish owners, and despite being a member of the Nazi party himself, Schindler negotiated to keep his workers out of the death camps, saving over 1,200 people. Since his story was popularised by Steven Spielberg’s film, Schindler’s List, the factory has been a popular site for visitors to Krakow. Only a fixed number of people can enter daily, so book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
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Book tickets for Schindler’s Factory plus other branches of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow.
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Oskar Schindler's Factory and Kraków Historical Museums Pass
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Learn about one of the heroes of World War II with an entry ticket to Oskar Schindler's Factory. See original artifacts and learn the histories of Kraków's residents at the Eagle Pharmacy and Pomorska Street museums.
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Oskar Schindler's Factory and Museums Entry Ticket
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Access 3 fascinating museums and learn about one of the heroes of World War II with an entry ticket to Oskar Schindler's Factory. Explore the histories of Kraków's residents at the Eagle Pharmacy and enter the Old Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter.
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Guided Tours

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Krakow: Oskar Schindler Factory Guided Tour
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Learn about one of the heroes of World War II at the top historical museum of Oskar Schindler's Factory, immortalized in the Steven Spielberg film "Schindler’s List." See original artifacts from the time and learn the histories of Kraków's residents.
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Krakow: Schindler's Factory Guided Tour
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Learn the incredible story of Oskar Schindler, the factory owner who helped save more than 1,000 Jews in Krakow during World War II. Go to the Schindler Factory Museum, and hear personal stories about the Jews of Krakow under the Nazis.
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Schindler’s Factory Museum: Skip The Line + Guided Tour
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Oskar Schindler's former factory is now Poland's best historical museum
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Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum Tour in Krakow
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Rewind to the Krakow of 70 years ago and learn about Oskar Schindler on a 1,5-hour tour of Krakow's Schindler’s Factory Museum. With an expert guide, explore this poignant museum, whose exhibitions stand in Schindler’s original enamel factory, where he employed hundreds of Jews, thereby protecting them from the Nazis. See Schindler’s office, hear stories of the workers he helped to save, and experience the multimedia projections, photos and artifacts that recall the horrors of Krakow under Nazi and Soviet occupation. Numbers are limited to 25 for a more personalised experience.
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Krakow: Jewish Quarter and "Schindler's List" Walking Tour
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Discover Krakow's Jewish quarter, the former World War II ghetto area, and sites used in the filming of Steven Spielberg’s award-winning film, “Schindler's List.” On this 3-hour walking tour you’ll visit trendy Kazimierz and see Oskar Schindler’s factory.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau and Schindler's Factory Tour from Krakow
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Tour Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration camp that became a symbol of the Holocaust. Visit Oscar Schindler’s Factory also on this day trip.
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Kraków: Schindler's Factory and Former Ghetto Tour
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Unravel the history of the Podgórze district in Kraków. Visit Oscar Schindler's factory and learn more about the history of WWII by touring Kraków Ghetto.
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From Krakow: Half-Day Salt Mine Tour and Schindler's Factory
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Visit Schindler's Factory and one of the best-preserved salt mines in the world to see underground lakes, caves and chapels made of salt on this half-day tour.
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Top Tips

1. There are only a limited number of tickets issued for each day, so make sure you book in advance to avoid missing out. Only 10 people at a time can enter the room containing the memorial to the Schindler Jews.
Photo: Adrian Grycuk, Oskar Schindler’s desk and the tinware sarcophagus - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland
2. Krakow is home to the Memory Trail, a collection of 3 museums which jointly tell the story of Krakow from 1939 to 1956. It includes Schindler’s Factory, with its exhibition on Krakow under Nazi occupation, the Eagle Pharmacy in the old ghetto area, which tells the story of the persecution of Krakow’s Jews, and the exhibition at Pomorska Street, which house the former Gestapo detention cells and tells the stories of those who were interrogated there. A joint ticket is available for these three sites, which together offer visitors a more complete picture of life in Krakow during WWII.
Photo: Schindler’s Factory exterior
3. For those interested in art, there are several interesting places to see after your visit. First, there’s MOCAK, a contemporary art museum located in another part of the former factory, then, across the street, there’s a glass and ceramics center which showcases Polish glassblowing technology. Finally, there’s a legal graffiti park, which features a constantly changing sequence of artworks from local artists of all ages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I visit Oskar Schindler’s Factory?

The story of Oskar Schindler, his factory, and the survival of the Jewish workers at the factory was made famous by Steven Spielberg’s movie Schindler’s List. While much of the film is fiction, the core story remains true: Schindler was a German entrepreneur, member of the Nazi party and spy, who took over the factory after it was confiscated from its original Jewish owners. Throughout the occupation and World War II Schindler negotiated to keep his workers in his factory, building them separate quarters in the nearby Plaszow labor camp. The factory allows visitors to see Schindler’s office, but it also includes a broader exhibit about life in Krakow during the Nazi occupation and World War II. A visit to the exhibition is both educational and a way to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and those who resisted it.

Was there really a list?

There was, but it was never recovered. A full list of the Jews who worked at Schindler’s Factory is inside the memorial to the Schindlerjuden.

Was Schindler’s List filmed here?

Parts of Schindler’s List were filmed at the factory, including scenes using the exterior of the building and its staircases.

How much of the factory is the original building?

The original factory building is still standing. It continued to be used as a factory until 2002 by a different company which made telecommunications equipment, before being split into two museums, one about the factory, Oskar Schindler, and the lives of his workers, and MOCAK, a museum of contemporary art. Schindler’s office contains the original furniture, the rest of the exhibition space has been restructured for visitors but contains items from the time.

How long does a visit to the factory take?

Guided tours take about 90 minutes, but individual visits may take longer. There’s no time limit once you’re inside.

General Information

Opening Hours:

In winter (November to March) the factory is open from 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Sunday, and from 10 am to 2 pm on Mondays. In summer (April to October) the factory is open from 9 am to 8 pm from Tuesday to Sunday and from 9 am to 4 pm on Mondays. On the first Monday of every month in summer the opening hours are 9 am to 2 pm. The factory is closed on the first Tuesday of every month.

Tickets:

Tickets to the factory cost PLN 24, and the ticket price for concessions is PLN 18.

Address:

4 Lipowa Street
30-702 Krakow
Poland

How to get there:

It takes about 30 minutes to walk to the museum from the center of Krakow. Alternatively, you can take the train or the bus to Kraków Zabłocie.

Accessibility:

The museum is wheelchair accessible and there are lifts between the various floors. Audio described and video sign language guides are available for blind, partially-sighted, or deaf visitors respectively. Guide dogs are permitted.

Cloakroom:

A free cloakroom is available for visitors. Backpacks and larger items of luggage are not permitted in the exhibitions.

Good to Know:

The museum recommends that children should be at least 14 due to the sensitive nature of the exhibition. Children under 14 are allowed to enter as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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