Warsaw, Poland–The Grand Opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews will take place on October 28, 2014. At this time, the 8-gallery Core Exhibition, presenting 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland, will be unveiled to the public. This announcement follows closely on that of the appointment of the new Museum director, Dr. Dariusz Stola, who begins his position on March 1.

Even before its Grand Opening, the Museum has received accolades. The New York Times named the Museum’s Core Exhibition the one to watch in its “Great Expectations 2014” list. The Architectural Record featured the Museum building in its Design Vanguard 2013 issue.

The Museum held its soft opening on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on April 19, 2013, and has since received more than 200,000 visitors. These visitors have enjoyed two temporary exhibitions, viewed the centerpiece of the Core Exhibition, which is a close-to-scale replica of a 17th-century wooden synagogue, and taken part in hundreds of educational and cultural events.

The Core Exhibition and Education Center will be named in honor of the largest private donors to the Museum, Taube Philanthropies and the Koret Foundation. Headed by Tad Taube, Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland in the Bay Area, the foundations are leading a 70-person VIP delegation that will travel to Warsaw for the Grand Opening events. Tad Taube remarked, “Seeing the Museum become a reality is the fulfillment of a dream for me and an enduring testament to a millennium of Jewish life and culture in Poland. Its powerful message will inspire visitors from around the world to reclaim and cherish this precious heritage.”