Stutthof concentration camp museum

Stutthof Museum

Stutthof Concentration Camp Museum in Sztutowo, located 35 km from Gdansk, is one of the most important martyrology places in northern Poland. Here, the day after the beginning of the Second World War, Nazis set up the first concentration camp to exterminate the people of Poland and other nations. First prisoners arrived in Stutthof from Gdansk and Pomerania region.

Stutthof Museum
Stutthof Museum

Those were mainly people arrested in Gdansk: priests, teachers, local politicians and civilian servants. In the following years, transports with prisoners from other parts of Poland and abroad came to Stutthof Concentration Camp. In total, during 5 years of camp’s history, around 110 thousand people from 28 countries were imprisoned. On 25th January 1945, the camp’s commandant ordered the evacuation of the prisoners to Lebork. This is known as a death march, as many of them never reached the destination. In conclusion, during years 1939-1945 about 65 thousand people died in the Stutthof camp or during its evacuation. In 1962, the Stutthof Concentration Camp museum was opened.

Stutthof Concentration Camp Museum Gate
Stutthof Concentration Camp Museum Gate

Polish concentration camps?

Very often in Western European countries media, you may hear or read about Polish concentration camps. This is the term Polish governments protests against every time. Remember, just because concentration camps – including Stutthof concentration camp – were set up in Poland, doesn’t mean they were Polish concentration camps. They were constructed by German Nazis and run by German Nazis. This doesn’t mean that we blame all Germans for it, we just want the world to hear about Nazi concentration camps, not Polish concentration camps.

How to get from Gdansk to Stutthof Museum

Gdansk to Stutthof bus (line 870) leaves every hour from Brama Wyzynna bus stop during the peak season. Ticket price is about 10-14 PLN/one way. Outside the peak season hourly buses run on weekdays, but on weekend buses run less frequently, so check the schedule here. You should get off the bus at the bus stop “Stutthof Museum” (Sztutowo Muzeum), which is about 2 km before Sztutowo village. The bus ride takes about 1 hour.

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Stutthof Concentration Camp

The remains of the Stutthof Concentration Camp were turned into a museum in 1962. In the museum, you’ll see the remains of the Nazi concentration camp, including the main gate, the barracks, the headquarters and the gas chamber. Stutthof Museum is much smaller than Auschwitz-Birkenau near Cracow but still well reflects the sad and tough part of history. Over 100 thousand people visit the Museum every year.

Please remember to respect the place during your visit.

Stutthof Museum – Practical Information

Stutthof Concentration Camp opening hours:

1st of May-30th of September8.00 – 18.00
1st of October-30th of April8.00 – 15.00

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

Entrance fee

Entrance to the Stutthof Concentration Camp Museum is free. There is a cinema room where every 30 minutes a short film is presented. The entrance fee to the cinema room is 5 PLN.

Audio guides in English and German are available for the fee of 15 PLN. Information boards inside the Stutthof Museum only in Polish so audio guide is recommended. You may take pictures inside, but you need permission if you want to use them in a commercial project.

Car park fee

Car park fee is 7 PLN for 3 hours. Next hour costs 5 PLN

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Tips

If you plan to visit Stutthof in October-April, make sure to wear warm clothes because it’s mainly an open-air museum. You should reserve about two hours to see the whole museum.

There are several days during the year that visiting the Museum might be difficult: 25th of January (the beginning of the death march), 9th of May (liberating of the camp) and 2nd of September (first prisoners arriving at the camp). Parking is free on those days, but expect it to be full.

 

Stutthof Concentration Camp inside barracks
Stutthof Concentration Camp  – inside barracks

Around Gdansk

If you have more time, consider visiting other places near Gdansk like:

Malbork Medieval Castle 

Hel Peninsula 

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