Opened in 2000 in a handsome, red-brick former Austrian barrack dating from 1911, the Home Army Museum is a vital stop for anyone interested in Poland's role in World War II. The museum chronicles the story of the Polish Underground Movement and its armed resistance through to its official disbanding in 1945. While it operated, the Home Army was the most effective underground organization in occupied Europe and contributed significantly to the Allied war effort.
Among nearly 20,000 artifacts on display—mostly donated from veteran resistance fighters or their families and including propaganda posters, weapons, uniforms, memorabilia and documents—the museum displays an enormous collection of personal testaments, graphic images, documentaries and live war footage shot during WWII, all exhibited with the aid of innovative multimedia and interactive displays.
Entrance to the Home Army Museum is free with a Krakow museum and transport pass, which includes unlimited public transportation and admission to the city's top museums.
The Home Army Museum is located a 10-minute walk northeast from Krakow's Old Town at Wita Stwosza 12. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm, and is closed Monday.
Admission costs 11 PLN for adults; 6 PLN for students and seniors; and is free on Sunday. Visitors holding a Krakow Museum and Transport Official Pass are guaranteed free entry.