National Museum of Krakow
The National Museum in Krakow is divided into multiple branches, each with their own exhibitions. Preserving the national heritage, Krakow’s National Museum is an interesting way to see Poland through the ages. And with such a large collection of artwork and items, it is sure to have something for everyone.
The museum was opened in October 1879 in the town square’s Sukiennice or Cloth Hall. The first piece to be given for exhibition was Nero’s Torches by Henryk Siemiradzki’s. Looking to preserve their culture, Poles started donating art for exhibition in what was then meant to be a national gallery, thus creating the museum’s first art collection. The pieces collected ranged from prints, decorative arts and items to wartime items, all of which were connected to the culture and history of the country. With the collection having become so large, projects were made to acquire new buildings. And thus, the National Museum started to expand.
The main building, now located just outside the historic center, holds permanent exhibitions for 20th century polish art, arms and uniforms in Poland from the Middle Ages to WWII and decorative arts.
The Sukiennice, first home of the National Museum, holds 19th century Polish paintings ranging from realism to impressionism to symbolism and more.
Other branches such as the Princes Czartoryski Museum act as a Gallery of Ancient Art looking at ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and Greeks. Old prints are exhibited at the Czapski museum and artist Jan Matejko’s house is used as biographical museum. The museum also hosts educational tours and activities for all different age groups.
National Museum Info
The Main Building
Address : Al. 3 Maja 1
Map Ref : 50.060444, 19.923755
Opening hours: Mon Closed, Tue-Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 10AM-4PM
Address : Rynek Glowny 3
Map Ref : 50.061434, 19.936419
Mon Closed, Tue-Sun 10AM-6PM
Regular ticket prices for the individual museum ranges between 9PLN and 20PLN
Children under 7 have free access to the permanent exhibitions in most branches.
Children and youths under 16 and students under 26 have access to permanent exhibitions for 1PLN
Sunday offers free entry to permanent exhibitions in most branches.
It is also possible to buy the museum pass to all branches’ permanent exhibitions for 35PLN.
All images taken by Stefanie Auger-Roy for Absolute Tours