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In Krakow, Oskar Schindler's Enamelware Factory (Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera) is one of the most significant historical documents of the Second World War. Industrialist Oskar Schindler worked there for the Nazi dictatorship, but began to protect people working in his factory from deportation to the death camps. Now the museum in the former Nazi factory serves as a memorial to the Holocaust.

The museum attracts many tourists, especially because of the Schindler biography filmed by Steven Spielberg. However, admission tickets are limited,so it is worth booking in advance.
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7 tips for visiting the Schindler's Factory

Factory building front
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Book Your Tickets in AdvanceThe daily number of tickets is limited, so book in advance to make sure to avoid disappointment. However, if there are no more tickets available, it is possible to reserve remaining spots in an official guided tour and thus enter the museum without queuing.
Oskar Schindler’s desk and the tinware sarcophagus | Wiki: Adrian Grycuk CC BY-SA 3.0
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Book the right guided tourIt is advisable to make sure that the ticket is already included in the price when looking at offers for guided tours - at the very least, this is always the case for official tours offered by the museum. Other offers by external guides, however, might only include the guided tour, you then have to take care of the purchase of a ticket yourself.
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Participate in the Memory TrailSchindler's Factory is part of Kraków's Memory Trail, which focuses on Kraków's history between 1939 and 1956. In addition to Schindler's Factory, the historical trail includes the museum in the Eagle pharmacy in the former ghetto and the Exhibition on Pomorska Street, where the Gestapo prison was located. A combination ticket is available for all three museums and provides a good overview of Krakow during World War II.
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Souvenirs of the visit to the Oskar Schindler enamelware factoryOn the way through the exhibition, there are five stamp stations on historically important dates. Guests may stamp small cards with historical background information free of charge and take them with them.
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Lighter exhibitions in the MOCAKThe subject matter of the exhibition is not exactly light fare. The Museum of Contemporary Art MOCAK offers compensation for the rest of the day. It is also located in the former factory complex and offers changing exhibitions of contemporary and modern art on various themes. A special highlight: the permanent exhibition Motion as the Stuff of Art with mechanical installations.
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Visit on the right dayDue to a new energy saving law, the factory is closing on selected days where you cannot book tickets. The following days are affected until further notice: February 7, March 7, April 4, April 9, May 2, May 3, June 6, June 8, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 5.
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Find out about the history of Schindler's factoryTickets to Schindler's Factory allow you to visit at your own pace. However, the museum presents the content very densely. If you're not sure if the subject matter might be too in-depth for you, get a brief history overview with our historical outline at the bottom of our website. You can also learn a lot on site by taking a guided tour or day trips that combine a visit to Schindler's Factory with other Krakow attractions.
Oskar Schindler | Flickr: Bruno CC BY-SA 2.0

Oskar Schindler: Reality vs. Fiction

Although Spielberg's film Schindler's List was fictionalized, it retained a kernel of truth. However, the museum is not mainly about the person of Oskar Schindler and the Hollywood film; rather, the exhibition offers a historical overview of the situation of the city of Krakow during World War II and the course of the Holocaust in Poland.

Schindler – Not a Natural Rebel

Industrialist Oskar Schindler was initially a Nazi spy who took over the factory in Krakow after the German invasion of Poland. When Jewish forced laborers were assigned to him, he gradually began to protect them from further persecution and violence. He had the factory classified as war-important production and later, through his good relations with the SS, was able to negotiate its own satellite camp with improved living conditions. Together with his wife Emilie, he saved the lives of about 1,200 Jews. The Yad Vashem memorial in Israel awarded Schindler the status of Righteous Among the Nations in 1962.

Schindlers List (or Lists?)

The title of Steven Spielberg's film adaptation 'Schindler's List' is no coincidence. Oskar Schindler falsified lists in order to employ unqualified Jews and thus save them from being murdered. As far as we know today, there were seven such lists made at the factory for administrative purposes, four of which are known today. A complete list of the rescued Jews can be found in Schindler's enamelware factory in the room of the memorial to the Schindler Jews.

Location Filming

Parts of the film were shot here on location, including scenes with the exterior facade of the building as well as the staircase. Today, you can visit Schindler's office in the factory building, as well as the office space used as a backdrop for the film.

Original Enamel Factory Building

The original factory building still stands today. It was used as a factory by a telecommunications company until 2002, when it was divided into two museums, Schindler's Factory and MOCAK. Schindler's office is furnished with the original furniture, the rest of the exhibition rooms have been restructured for visitors.
Portraits of the Saved Jews | Flickr: Dennis Jarvis CC BY-SA 2.0

The Nazi Occupation of Krakow: 1939 - 1945

The exhibition is not necessarily light fare, but historically well-founded, instructive and a way to grapple with the crime of the century, the Holocaust. Multimedia presentations, original documents and statements by contemporary witnesses depict the struggle for survival against the terror of the Nazis.

Krakow before the war

A small part of the exhibition is devoted to the situation before the blitzkrieg of Nazi Germany against Poland. This part vividly presents both the multicultural social life and the political situation in Europe.

Nazi occupation and the general government

After the Nazis began to regard Kraków as a German city, the Polish population was increasingly marginalized and pushed out of the Old Town. In addition to symbolic measures, such as the renaming of the Main Market Square as Adolf Hitler Square, the exhibition also highlights the harassment of the Polish population by the Germans.

The Jewish community

One of the largest sections of the museum begins in 1941, at the deteriorating situation and internment of Jewish Cracovians in the ghetto, and eventually leads to their evacuation and deportation to concentration and extermination camps in 1943. Above all, the impressive depiction of the confinement and hopelessness of the ghetto leaves a lasting impression.

The Enamel Factory

Until 1944, Oskar Schindler produced enamelware in his factory, called Emalia by the Jewish forced laborers, and later also munitions. After the Soviet army advanced further and further into the center of Poland, production was moved to Brünnlitz in Moravia. Here, the Schindlers successfully sought new workers from the Plaszow and Groß-Rosen concentration camps, saving the lives of a total of 1.200 people.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Oskar Schindler's enamelware factory accessible for disabled people?

The museum is wheelchair friendly and offers elevators. Audio and video services are available for blind, visually impaired and heard-of-hering visitors. Assistance dogs are allowed. Read more.

Is Oskar Schindler's Enamelware Factory suitable for children?

Children should be at least 14 years old due to the heavy subject matter of the exhibition, but younger children may enter the museum if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Read more.

Can I store my luggage on site?

There is a free checkroom on site. Backpacks and larger pieces of luggage are not allowed in the exhibition areas. Read more.

Is there a café or restaurant at the museum?

The Film Café directly at the entrance to the exhibition offers drinks and small snacks, the café of the MOCAK art museum also offers food such as bagels at moderate prices. Other restaurants are located in the immediate vicinity of the Schindler Factory. Read more.

How long does a visit to the enamelware factory take?

90 to 100 minutes should be expected for a guided tour, individual visits can last longer, especially since the information provided by the exhibits is very extensive. However, there is no time limit for the visit. Read more.

General information

opening hours

Oskar Schindler's Enamelware Factory is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Every first Tuesday of the month the museum is closed. In addition, since 2023 until further notice, there is no operation on the following days: February 7, March 7, April 4, April 9, May 2, May 3, June 6, June 8, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5.

tickets

Tickets for Schindler's Factory cost 32 PLN or reduced 28 PLN. A family ticket is available for PLN 64. Tickets for the Memorial Trail cost PLN 45 regular, PLN 37 reduced, and PLN 90 for families.

address

Muzeum Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera
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.
Maurizio Massaro
Written byMaurizio MassaroMaurizio is a cosmopolitan, a musician and comes around. In his role as a content manager at TicketLens, he is always striving to find new offers as well as writing about sights all over the world.Translated by Klaus Kainz
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