In the footsteps of the ‘Zookeeper’s wife’

The Zookeeper’s Wife is a 2017 war drama film directed by Niki Caro, based on Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction book of the same name. The film tells the true story of how Jan and Antonina Żabiński rescued hundreds of Jews from the Germans by hiding them in their villa in the Warsaw zoo during WW2.


The Żabiński Villa in the Warsaw zoo was known as ‘The Villa under the Crazy Star‘. By those who survived thanks to the Żabińskis it was named ‘an asylum’, ‘a shelter’, ‘an ark’… while Antonina was compared to ‘an Angel’. The couple was awarded the Yad Vashem title of the Righteous Among the Nations in 1965. In his speech Jan Żabiński then said: ‘I was risking and gave shelter not because they were Jews, but because they were victimized. If the Germans were victimized, I would have done the same. We’re talking here about people who were sentenced, but they did nothing wrong. It was terrifying. My obligation as a man was to help them. It was a simple decency’


ROUTE: guided tour inside the Jan and Antonina Żabiński Villa in the Warsaw zoo (now Museum) – appr. 1 hour plus driving time from / to your hotel.

Optional – the tour may be extended by visiting sites connected to the story:

  1. the Headquarters of Gestapo (appr. 1 hour duration)
  2. parts of the Warsaw Ghetto visited by Jan Żabiński to rescue Jews (appr. 1 hour)
  3. Jewish cemetery – grave of Szymon Tenenbaum (appr. 30-60 minutes)
  4. Old Powazki cemetery – grave of Antonina and Jan Żabiński (appr. 30 minutes)

Tour Duration: 2-6 hours (including driving time)

the Żabiński Villa is available Monday-Friday (9:00-16:00) and the first Sunday of each month at 11:00 am. and 1 pm. For larger groups entrance may be arranged also on Saturday. All entrances must be booked in advance – please contact for details.
the Jewish cemetery is available from Sunday to Thursday (10:00-17:00), Friday (10:00-15:00); closed on Saturdays
the former Gestapo Headquarters is available from Wednesday to Sunday (10:00-17:00), free admission on Thursday
Group size: 1-4 pax
For larger groups extra transportation (mini-van, bus) cost will be added – please contact for details
meeting place and time:  according to your wish
Transportation Method: walking and car tour
1-4 hours: 160 Euro per tour
each additional hour – 35 Euro
Price includes: guiding service, tax, car transportation for up to 4 pax, parking fees
Additional costs:
Entrance fees:
– Warsaw Zoo and the Villa – 25 PLN (= appr. 5.5 Euro) per person (October – March); 35 PLN (= appr. 8 Euro) per person (April – September) plus the tour guide entrance fee
– Jewish cemetery – 10 PLN (= appr. 2.5 Euro) per person
– former Gestapo Headquarters – 10 PLN (= appr. 2.5 Euro) per person
Please note:  services are priced PER TOUR, not PER PERSON
You may have a look in the villa interior here: click
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