Best museums in Krakow
Krakow is well and truly winning in the museum game and is it any doubt considering the long and rich history the city enjoys. Alongside walking tours of the city, going to some museums in Krakow is a great way to learn about the city’s glory days and turbulent times.
Here are some of the best
The National Museum
Originally opened in 1879, it holds some 780,000 art objects and covers everything from classical archaeology to modern art and shows both permanent and temporary collections from some of Poland’s most celebrated artists.
Oskar Schindler’s Factory
Depending on your tastes in movies, chances are you’ve heard of Oskar Schindler’s, who’s factory helped to save the lives of many of the city’s Jews during the Holocaust. A trip to his factory not only gives you some more insight into the man and his life but also gives you a real in-depth history lesson on Krakow during this time in history.
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
One of the most well-known concentration camps in Europe and a reason in itself for many people’s visits to Krakow. A trip here will be a solemn one, but a must for anyone that wants to gain a deeper understanding of the atrocities that took place during WWII.
Depending on when you visit during the day, joining a guided tour might be mandatory and is well advised if you want to learn all about the camp’s history and how it was run on a day to day basis.
Jagiellonian University – Collegium Maius
While it’s free to stroll around inside the beautiful courtyard, if you want a deep dive into the building’s fascinating history – both Copernicus and Pope John Paul II studied there – then you should join for the 1 hour free tour run by the museum. You’ll hear lots of stories and get the chance to check out some interesting exhibits.
Stained Glass Museum
Getting off the museum beaten track so to speak the Stained Glass Museum is definitely not one you’ll find in every city. Take a tour through an old workshop and learn all about the process of making stained glass windows from a local expert – a definite must for those rainy days in Krakow.
Krakow Historical Museum – Old Market Underground
Did you know, standing in the Old Market Square, right below your feet there is a little museum teaming with intriguing historical insight and interesting archaeological finds?
If you’re interested in seeing how the city grew and developed over time and you don’t just want to read about it – the museum has several games and interactive displays – then this is the place for you. What’s more, it only takes about an hour to see it all.