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In order to take in the grounds and exhibitions in a suitable way, visitors should set aside a minimum of about 90 minutes for the Auschwitz site and the same amount of time for Auschwitz II-Birkenau. It is essential to visit both parts of the camp, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, in order to acquire a proper sense of the place that has become the symbol of the Holocaust as well as Nazi crimes againt Poles, Romas and other groups.

The grounds and most of the buildings at the sites of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau sites are open to visitors. Some buildings are not accessible to visitors (including the blocks reserved for the Museum administration and its departments). Please familiarize yourself with "the rules for visiting ".

People who will visit the Memorial after January 1, 2015 will be able to enter the site of the former Auschwitz I camp only with a free entry pass. It should be reserved via the new online system: visit.auschwitz.org. The system gives also possibility to make a reservation of a visit with an educator.

Visiting the Memorial in January 2015
 Due to the commeoration events of the 70th anniversary of liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz there will be some changes in visiting the Memorial between January 7 and February 6, 2015:

• the Death Gate in Birkenau will not be available for visitors

• entrance to Birkenau will be possible only through the gate of the BIa sector (women's camp)

• visit route in Birkenau will be changed. Part of the unloading ramp and BIIa secrtor (quarantine camp) will not be accessible for visitors (see map)
Guides. Options for guided tours. Prices.

We offer visitors several options for guided tours. Each includes tours of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

• General tours
• One-day study tours
• Two-day study tours
• Guided tours for individual visitors

Because of a large number of visitors guides should be reserved at least two months before a planned visit.

After January 1, 2015 visitors will be able to enter the site of the former Auschwitz I camp only with a free entry pass. It should be reserved via the new online system: visit.auschwitz.org.

Guide services may be reserved:
• on the Internet
• by telephone at (+48) 33 844 81 00 / 844 80 99 (Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM local standard time (0600-1400 UTC)
• by sending a fax to (+48) 33 843 22 27
• in person at the Visitor Reception Point at the Museum, where all other formalities can also be arranged

Guided Tours for Individual Visitors — from November 1 to March 31

Groups at the „Arbeit macht Frei” gate. Photo. Bartosz BartyzelFor individual visitors, we are offering a special opportunity to join others in “tours” of the Memorial. From November 1st to March 31st the groups will be organized in Polish, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Basic information

Admission to the grounds of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial is free of charge. The fees are charged for engaging a guide. Visitors in groups are required to engage an Auschwitz Memorial guide.

• While on the grounds of the Museum, you are required to observe the appropriate solemnity and respect. Before the visit please read "the rules for visiting ".

• The grounds and buildings of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau camps are open to visitors. The duration of a visit is determined solely by the individual interests and needs of the visitors. As a minimum, however, at least three-and-a-half hours should be reserved.

• The maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the Museum does not exceed dimensions: 30x20x10 cm.

"Reserve" Blocks 2 and 3 in Auschwitz I Available for Study Visits

 Starting from November, 1st 2014, study tour groups may visit Block 2 and 3 of the former Auschwitz I camp. they are ones of so-called "reserve blocks" of the Museum, maintained and presented in their original condition. Since the liberation of the camp, the interior of the blocks has been preserved almost intact. It comprises rooms for prisoners, a washroom, toilets and other areas, furnished with original strawbeds, bunks and other elements of block furnishing.

Opening hours
The Museum is open all year long, seven days a week, except January 1, December 25, and Easter Sunday. The Museum is open during the following hours:
  • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM December through 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, July, August

Temporarily closed for visitors:

• The Austrian exhibition in Block 17
• The Czech and Slovak exhibitions in Block 16 (December 8-10)
• The Hungarian exhibition in Block 18 (December 8-10)

System of historical plaques with historical information

Remains of the Crematorium and Gas Chamber III. Photo: Paweł SawickiThe Memorial Site has a complex system of presentations of the former camp areas. Special plaques, placed in the most symbolic and important locations, describe and commemorate the most important venues and objects, as well as,  the historical events related to them. They are in English, Hebrew and Polish languages.


Getting to the Museum

 The Museum is located on the outskirts of the city of Oświęcim on national road 933 (note: entry to the parking lot is at Stanisławy Leszczyńskiej Str. no. 11). The Museum is about 2 km. from the train station and can be reached from there by local buses. (GPS coordinates: GPS coordinates: 19.20363 E, 50.0266 N )

There are PKS and minibus stops adjacent to the Museum, with service to Cracow and Katowice. There are also two international airports within about 50 kilometers of Oświęcim: Kraków-Balice and Katowice-Pyrzowice.

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