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Rules and Regulations Concerning visiting State Museum at Majdanek and branches in Bełżec and Sobibór

Rules and regulations concerning visiting
the State Museum at Majdanek
and its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Order regulations
1. Every person staying at the premises of the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór is obliged to cover their mouth and nose with a mask.
2. Every person should keep a minimum 1.5-metre distance from others (excluding families and guardians of the disabled).
3. A maximum of 1 person per 15 sq. m of space may stay in closed facilities.

Rules for visiting museum exhibitions and visitor service
1. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the grounds, exhibitions, and historic buildings of the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches are available in accordance with strict sanitary regulations that ensure the safety of both the visitors and the employees of the museum, in accordance with generally applicable laws.
2. Visits to the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór can take place as individual tours or with a guide in groups of up to 15 people. It is recommended that visitors using the guide service cover their mouth and nose with a mask.
3. The museum introduces a limit of visitors at exhibitions as well as museum buildings housing visitor service centres. The detailed information concerning the admission restrictions is available at the entrance to particular structures.
4. Visitors attending the “Prisoners of Majdanek” exhibition in barracks no. 62 in the State Museum at Majdanek as well as the permanent exhibitions in Bełżec and Sobibór (museum buildings) are obliged to disinfect their hands at the points of entry. The disinfectant is available at the entrance of each building (this rule applies to all visitors, those wearing gloves included).
5. When visiting, keep a safe distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people (excluding families and guardians of the disabled).
6. Before entering the visitor service centres or attending the museum information points, the visitors are obliged to disinfect their hands at the points of entry. The disinfectant is available at the entrance of each building (this rule applies to all visitors, those wearing gloves included).
7. Only one person can be directly present at the information and distribution points. The remaining visitors are obliged to await for their turn to be attended, keeping a minimum 1.5-metre distance from other visitors (excluding families and guardians of the disabled).
8. All purchases and transactions should be conducted with the use of cashless methods of payment, if possible.

The Rules and regulations concerning visiting
the State Museum at Majdanek
and its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic are applied temporarily and independently from the Rules and regulations concerning visiting the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór, introduced by Order No. 3/2018 of March 21, 2018.

  • 04.05.2018

    Young Israelis visited Sobibór

    Students from the school in Kiryat Motzkin in Israel visited Sobibór. The visit was part of the student exchange between the school from Israel and the High School No. 2 in Włodawa and Radzyń Podlaski.

  • 28.02.2018

    Meeting of the Museum Board of the State Museum at Majdanek

    On 27 February the meeting of the Museum Board of the State Museum at Majdanek took place. By unanimous vote, the board members adopted Museum’s activity report for 2017 as well as a work plan for the next year.

  • 14.01.2018

    Growing number of Museum visitors

    The number of people who visited the State Museum at Majdanek in the last five years increased by nearly 50%. In 2017, 239,149 people came to the institution.

  • 13.12.2017

    The first stage of the construction of the Sobibór museum is completed

    On the grounds of the former German Nazi death camp in Sobibór the construction works planned in 2017 related to the creation of the Museum - Memorial Site in Sobibór, a branch of the State Museum at Majdanek, came to an end.

  • 07.12.2017

    Conservation of another relics from Sobibór

    The Museum at Majdanek has accomplished conservation of another group of relics found on the grounds of the former German Nazi death camp in Sobibór.

  • 17.10.2017

    The 74th anniversary of the uprising in Sobibór

    On 16 October, we have commemorated the 74th anniversary of the prisoners' revolt at the Nazi German death camp in Sobibór. On that day, an educational project for pupils from the schools in Włodawa took place in the Museum - Synagogue Complex in Włodawa.

  • 31.08.2017

    The newest book on the museums in post-camp memorial sites

    Articles by historians, art historians, culture experts, sociologists and museum pedagogues from Poland, Germany and Austria are included in the newest publication issued by the State Museum at Majdanek.

  • 24.07.2017

    Protection of mass graves in Sobibór

    On the grounds of the former German death camp in Sobibór the work on the protection of mass graves containing ashes of the camp victims has finished. It was the first phase of the international project to create the Museum – Memorial Site in Sobibór.

  • 08.05.2017

    Debate on museum experience on the International Museum Day

    One of the important tendencies in the development of museums is aspirations to create an imagination-stirring message and to trigger an interaction between visitors and museum exhibitions. The key question appears to be definifion of a 'museum experience' as well as its make-up. The participants of a panel debate organised by the Museum at Majdanek will discuss this issue, among many other thing. The debate takes place on May 18 at 12.00.

  • 05.05.2017

    Newest book on the Holocaust launched by the Museum

    “Zagłada Żydów w Generalnym Gubernatorstwie. Zarys problematyki” constitutes a synthetic description of the Holocaust carried out by the Germans in the years 1942-1943 within the framework of the so called “Aktion Reinhardt.” The newest book by prof. Dariusz Libionka published by the State Museum at Majdanek is earmarked for a wide readership.

  • 12.03.2017

    75th anniversary of "Aktion Reinhardt"

    Commemorating ceremonies, exhibitions, publications, educational projects and discussions by historians are among the events planned by the Museum as part of the 75th anniversary of “Aktion Reinhardt.” They will be held between March 16, 2017, and November 3, 2018. In this period we will regularly publish on our website (in section “History”) materials on history of the extermination of Jews in the General Government in 1942–1943.

  • 24.02.2017

    Closed Museum in Sobibór

    We kindly inform that due to the commencement of construction work on the grounds of the memorial site in Sobibór, the Museum of the Former Death Camp will be closed from March 1, 2017, until further notice.

  • 16.02.2017

    Calendar of events 2017

    Exhibitions, book promotions, conferences and meetings. More than a dozen events aimed at, among others, people with passion for history, academics, students and teachers will be held in the State Museum at Majdanek in 2017.

  • 26.01.2017

    Museum at Majdanek in 2016

    A report on the activities of the State Museum at Majdanek in 2016 has already been published. It includes the most important events, completed projects and information on the growing number of visitors.

  • 17.01.2017

    Conservation of the relics from Sobibór

    The Museum at Majdanek has accomplished conservation of another group of relics found on the grounds of the former German death camp in Sobibór.

  • 12.01.2017

    Growing number of visitors to the State Museum at Majdanek

    In 2016, number of people who visited the State Museum at Majdanek increased again. Nearly a half of 213,237 visitors to the Museum and its branches came from abroad (93 227 people).

  • 17.10.2016

    The 73rd anniversary of the uprising in Sobibór

    The celebrations of the 73rd anniversary of the uprising and prisoners’ mass escape from the German death camp in Sobibór took place on 14 October 2016.

  • 23.09.2016

    Non-invasive research in Sobibór

    On 23 September, non-invasive research started on the grounds of the former German Nazi death camp in Sobibór. The research is a result of an agreement on cooperation between the State Museum at Majdanek and the University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska in Lublin.

  • 08.08.2016

    Philip Bialowitz (1925-2016)

    It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Philip Bialowitz (Filip Białowicz) – last survivor of the Sobibór death camp who was born in Poland. He died in Florida (USA) on 6 August 2016.

  • 07.06.2016

    Museum Council visited Sobibór

    On June 6, 2016, an off-site session of the Museum Council of the State Museum at Majdanek was held. The members of the Council visited the Museum of the Former Death Camp in Sobibór – a branch of the Majdanek museum.

  • 19.05.2016

    Discussion on Lublin museums on the International Day of Museums

    The Lublin region has a long museological tradition dating back to the beginning of the 19th century, when the Temple of Sibyl was built in Puławy by the Czartoryski family. Today, there are 48 museums and museum branches in the region visited by over one million people a year. The role of these institutions in the contemporary tourism in the Lublin region was discussed by the participants to the panel debate organized by the Museum at Majdanek.

  • 06.05.2016

    Future of the Sobibór memorial site discussed at the international scientific conference

    The main topics of the international scientific conference organised on 5 May by the State Museum at Majdanek were the results of the archaeological works conducted in the former German death camp in Sobibór, the project of spatial development and planned educational activities to be carried out in the new museum.

  • 25.03.2016

    "Districts of Extermination” – a new open-air exhibition of the State Museum at Majdanek

    On March 24, the State Museum at Majdanek opened a new open-air exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the ghetto in Lublin. During the opening of the exposition “‘Districts of Extermination. Ghettos for Jews in German-occupied Lublin,” there were a lecture, photography display and screening of archival videos.

  • 10.02.2016

    Annual Report on the Museum activities in 2015

    A report on the activities of the State Museum at Majdanek and its branches in 2015 has already been published. It includes information about, among other things, the most important events, conservation and educational projects.

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