The 150-year-old Museum of Archeology in
Archeologiczne) is home to the world’s only
Slavonic god that has ever been unearthed, the
8-foot-tall stone idol of four-faced Swiatowit found in the
Zbruc riverbed in 1848. Yet it’s just the best known artifact among
the museum’s many unique exhibits, often truly spectacular, that
offer a glimpse of mysterious ancient peoples once commanding the
eastern half of Europe.
Permanent exhibitions of the Archeological Museum in Krakow
Krakow’s archeological museum consists of two permanent shows. Its main
exhibition called ‘Malopolska in Prehistory and the Early Middle Ages’
covers 70,000 years from Neanderthal cavemen to the Scythians to the
early-medieval Poles. The other major permanent show, ‘Gods of Ancient Egypt',
displays a collection of Egyptian antiquities.
The museum has also become known for interesting and ingenious temporary
Historical building of Krakow’s archeological museum.
The present seat of the Museum of Archeology in Krakow, situated at 3 Poselska
street next to Planty gardens,
is an important monument in its own right. A 14th-century fortress and next a
posh medieval palace, once known as ‘The Painted Mansion’ (Malowany Dwor) was
turned into a Carmelite monastery in the 17th century. Then it became an
infamous Austrian prison in the 19th century.
The museum boasts a pleasant garden.
Contact info for the Museum of Archeology in Krakow.
Postal address: Muzeum Archeologiczne w Krakowie, ul. Poselska 3, 31-002 Krakow,
Phone (+48) 124227560.
Web site www.ma.krakow.pl
Opening hours and tickets
From September through June the Archeological Museum in Krakow is open
on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In
July and August the museum stays open Sundays from 10 a.m. to
Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Saturdays. Free admission on Sundays.
Regular tickets are priced at 12 zloties, reduced ones cost 7 zloties.