• Admission to the grounds of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial is free of charge. The entry cards should be reserved on visit.auschwitz.org. For better understanding the history of Auschwitz we suggest a visit with an educator
• 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 can not exceed dimensions: 30x20x10 cm. Please leave your bags in your cars or buses or use the locker available.
Temporarily closed for visitors
From 20 to 29.07.2016 and from 1 to 3.08.2016 the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum will be closed for the visitors due to the World Youth Days taking place in Krakow. Only groups submitted by the organizers of the WYD will be able to visit the Auschwitz Memorial. The main watch tower in Birkenau will be closed for visitors from 19.07 to 3.08
• 24.05.2016 - from 8.00 to 12.00 the Sauna building in Auschwitz II-Birkenau
• the Austrian exhibition in Block 17
System of online booking - visit.auschwitz.org
Due to an overwhelming interest in visiting the Auschwitz Memorial, a new website has been created: visit.auschwitz.org. An online reservation is the only guarantee of entering the Museum on the date and time of your choice.
The new website is dedicated to both individual visitors and organised groups. A new function on the user-friendly website is a possibility for individual visitors to book a group tour with an educator, as well as to make the payment online.
Guided Tours for Individual Visitors — from March to December 2016
For individuals, we are offering a special opportunity to join others in “tours” of the Memorial during these hours. The entry to the Auschwitz I site will be exclusively on a guided, group basis from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the period from April 1 to October 31, 2016. This not apply to the grounds of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau. There is no change to the way the organized groups visit the Museum.
Because of huge interest, we recommend booking the visit in advance and arrive at the Memorial at least 30 minutes before the start of the visit.
HOURS OF THE VISIT CAN BE RESERVED ONLINE: VISIT.AUSCHWITZ.ORG
Guided Tours for Individual Visitors — from November 2015 to February 2016
For individual visitors, we are offering a special opportunity to join others in “tours” of the Memorial organized in several languages.
HOURS OF THE VISIT CAN BE RESERVED ONLINE: VISIT.AUSCHWITZ.ORG
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 (3,5 h)
• One-day study tours (6 h)
• Two-day study tours (2x4 h)
• Guided tours for individual visitors (3,5 h)
Because of a large number of visitors guides should be reserved at least two months before a planned visit.
Guide services may be reserved:
• on the visit.auschwitz.org (upto 5 days before the visit)
• by telephone or (2-5 days before the visit): +48 33 844 81 00 or 80 99 (Mo-Fr, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. CET)
Plan a visit
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 ".
The Museum is open all year long, seven days a week, except January 1, December 25, and Easter Sunday. You can start the visit in the following hours*:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM December8:00 AM - 3:00 PM January, November8:00 AM - 4:00 PM February8:00 AM - 5:00 PM March, October8:00 AM - 6:00 PM April, May, September8:00 AM - 7:00 PM June, July, August
* These are the hours of entrance to the Museum. A visitor may stay on the site of the Museum 90 minutes after the last entrance hour (i.e. 5.30 in February or 8.30 in July)
The Virtual Tour of the Auschwitz Memorial includes over 200 high-quality panoramic photographs. The 360⁰ images present the authentic sites and buildings of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, complete with historical descriptions, dozens of witness accounts, archival documents and photographs, artworks created by the prisoners, and objects related to the history of the camp.
See the Virtual Tour
"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.
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 )
Due to the road construction works, visitors coming to the Museum can expect difficulties in entering the city from the directions of Cracow and Katowice. Please take this into consideration when planning the trip. The difficulties should end by the middle of December.
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.