Auschwitz was a concentration camp complex set up by Nazi Germany during World War II around the Polish town of Oświęcim (German: Auschwitz) in the annexed part of Poland. Auschwitz was the largest of all German concentration camps and at the end of the war consisted of Auschwitz I (the base camp (German: Stammlager) southwest of the city), Auschwitz II-Birkenau (the Vernichtungslager (extermination camp) west of the city) , Auschwitz III-Monowitz (a labor camp east of the city near the IG Farben factory) as well as dozens of subcamps.

To enter the Auschwitz Memorial, all visitors, including those coming in organized groups, must carry their personal access pass and ID. All tours start in the former Auschwitz I camp.
Visits to the museum by children under the age of 14 are not recommended. Access passes for individual visitors cannot be changed or returned, canceled and refunded.


The museum is open seven days a week all year round, except January 1, December 25 and Easter Sunday. You can start the visit at the following hours*:

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Dec
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM January, November
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM February
8:00am - 5:00pm March, October
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM April, May, September
8am - 7pm June, July, August
* These are the opening hours of the Museum. A visitor may remain on the Museum site for 90 minutes after the last entry hour (i.e. 5:30 PM in February or 8:30 PM in July)

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