On 1 July, the Auschwitz Memorial will be re-opened to visitors
From 1 July, the site of the former German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp will again be open to visitors. Reservations for guided tours, as well as individual entry for the period 1 July - 30 September, can now be made online at visit.auschwitz.org. Visitors will also find new regulations, price list and information for visitors related to the epidemic situation.
The visiting regulations have been adapted to the new sanitary requirements, as ensuring the safety of visitors and employees of the Memorial is one of the most important tasks of the Museum during the ongoing pandemic.
Entry to both parts of the former camp, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, will take place exclusively based on Entry Passes. Reservations for each type of tour can only be made online. Unreserved entry passes will be available at the Museum on the day of the visit; however, we cannot guarantee entry to the Memorial without reservation.
‘The period of the pandemic shows that in every difficult and crisis situation, fears, tensions, reluctance and ghosts of the past awaken. Right now we all need to listen wisely to the warnings from the past so that the economic difficulties we are experiencing and forecasting will not lead to a moral crisis, a crisis of humanity,” said Museum Director Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński
‘We also heavily suffered from a lack of visitors, also financially. Many programmes and investments had to be cancelled or postponed to subsequent years. Many people have asked in the past whether it would not be possible to introduce paid entrance tickets since the funds raised in this way would help to achieve the museum’s great mission. Regardless of the current difficult situation, we want the entrance to the Memorial area to remain free. However, to meet the needs of those who have supported us in the past or are willing to do this, we are introducing the so-called “pay what you want” system, in which everyone will decide for themselves if they want to enter for free, or rather make a donation. In this way, the concern for our mission can become our common cause,’ added Dr. Cywiński.
Tours with an educator for individual visitors will take place in smaller groups of up to 15 people. The number of people on the site will also be minimised. Visitors will have to observe a safe interpersonal distance - both before entering the Museum and during the tour. The same regulations governing covering of the mouth and nose apply in the premises as in entire Poland (right now face must be covered indoors). Several places on the Museum grounds have also been equipped with devices for contactless hand sanitation, and a special sanitation gate has been placed in front of the entrance.
‘A special tour route has been prepared for visitors, which minimises the number of sites where Museum visitors will come into contact with each other. Visitors are required to move inside the buildings only along a one-way route. The larger space was created by removing all horizontal showcases from the exhibition, which facilitates keeping a safe distance during the tour,’ said Deputy Director of the Museum Andrzej Kacorzyk.
‘To increase safety, the Museum guides will wear protective visors during the tour, and the audio receivers and headphones used during the tour meet all sanitary requirements. Visitors can also use their headphones, which must fit into the mini-jack port,’ added Kacorzyk.
Outdoor exhibition boards have been installed in several locations at the Auschwitz I site through which visitors can learn about the history and see among others, the interiors temporarily excluded from the tour, such as the underground of block 11.
We have also made changes to the opening hours of the Museum. The Memorial will be open to the public from 9.00 a.m. From July to September, tours will take place with a guide until 16.00 hrs. Later individual visits will be possible with booked entry cards.