Preserving the authenticity of the Memorial and showing it to visitors from all over the world on an everyday basis involves expenditures that exceed the means of our Museum. This is why, besides our own income and appropriations from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, external funding from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and the European Union is so significant for us.

In 2017, funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in the amount of € 0.5 million were alloted to fire protection of historical buildings on the site of the Memorial, purchase of paintings by David Olère, implementation of a project related to the organization of a New Main Exhibition, publication of the notes of Sonderkommando prisoner, Załmen Gradowski “I am in the very heart of hell,” as well as numerous educational projects.

Funds from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in the amount of € 1.8 million were allocated to the implementation of preservation works which focused on the area of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. The Foundation’s support also enabled us to modernize the textile storage facilities.

The European Union under the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage are co-financing the implementation of the project “Adaptation of the so-called Old Theater building for the activities of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim.” The project implementation for 2017 was financed to the amount of € 0.5 million and 0.2 million with funds from the EU and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage respectively.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Victims Memorial Foundation directly supported the activities of the ICEAH, the Digital Repository, Archives, Exhibitions, Methodology of Guiding, the Publishing House and Museum Security to the amount of € 0.2 million, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands finances the implementation of the Polish-Dutch educational project. The support in 2017 amounted to € 50 thousand.


The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Memorial imposes an obligation of remembrance and education on future generations throughout the world.

Each institution and every person of good will desirous of helping to bear the burden of maintaining, preserving, and ensuring access to these most eloquent, authentic vestiges of the Holocaust and genocide is requested to contact:

ul. Więźniów Oświęcimia 20
32-603 Oświęcim
Tel. +48 33 844 8003
Fax. +48 33 843 1862

Bank account number: PL 29 1130 1150 0012 1268 9720 0001
Bank  Gospodarstwa Krajowego
ul. Stefana Batorego 14
31-135 Kraków

It is also possible to make direct contributions to the Memorial at our website