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Museums in Krakow with specialist collections

Krakow boasts the best collections in Poland, and some of its treasures are the envy of every museum in the world. Click here to go to the city's major museums. Following are Krakow sites with collections of special interest.  

 To watch: video tours of Krakow museums

 

Cathedral Museum / Muzeum Katedralne on the Wawel Hill
Best items from the Wawel Cathedral's treasure-house. Best items from the Wawel Cathedral's treasure-house. 

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

 

University Museum / Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego 

at 15 Jagiellonska street, phone (+48) 124220549.  

The 15th-century grand Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the Jagiellonian University, features ancient lecture rooms, communal halls, former professors’ quarters, library and treasury with the Gothic sceptres of rectors and the famous golden ‘Jagiellonian globe’. The exhibits include medieval science instruments, ancient globes as well as assorted paintings and other art objects, furniture, coins, medals, etc.

Opening hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. 

Admittance for individual visitors is free of charge on Tuesdays, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

 

Collegium Maius, the Great College of the Krakow University

 

National Museum’s Jan Matejko’s House / Dom Jana Matejki

at 41 Florianska street, phone (+48) 124225926.

House of the great 19th-century Polish painter turned into the museum on his life and art.

Closed on Mondays. Open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Free admission on Sundays. 

Jan Matejsko's painting in the Krakow National Museum

 

Jewish Museum Old Synagogue / Stara Synagoga

at 24 Szeroka street, phone (+48) 124220962. 

The ‘Tradition and Culture of Polish Jews’ permanent exhibition in the 15th-century Old Synagogue features ancient items from Krakow synagogues, exhibits pertaining to religious rites and family traditions, and pictures of the life of the Kazimierz Jewish quarter of the old. Another exhibition shows Holocaust.

Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Mondays when open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Admission is free on Mondays. 

Museum in the Old Synagogue is a branch of the City of Krakow Historical Museum. 

 

menora from Krakow's Jewish Museum

 

 

Oskar Schindler’s Factory / Fabryka Oskara Schindlera 

at 4 Lipowa street, phone (+48) 122571017, website www.mhk.pl 

Permanent exhibition in Schindler’s Factory is called ‘Krakow under Nazi Occupation 1939-1945’ and shows the city’s wartime experiences through set-piece arrangements and multimedia as well as artefacts and documents. Part of the museum has been set aside for temporary displays. 

Open on weekends, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. plus on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. except the first Monday of every month. 

Admittance is free of charge on Mondays. 

Schindler’s Factory constitutes a branch of the City of Krakow Historical Museum. 

 

Schindler's Factory in Krakow turned into a museum of wartime history

 

EUROPEUM - European Culture Center/ EUROPEUM - Osrodek Kultury Europejskiej 

at 6 Plac Sikorskiego square. 

The museum, opened in 2013, shows medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art of western Europe from the collections of the National Museum in Krakow

Closed on Mondays. Open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Free admission on Sundays. 

EUROPEUM is a branch of the Krakow National Museum.

 

Europeum branch of the National Museum in Krakow

"Manggha" Museum of Japanese Art and Technology / Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japonskiej Manggha

at 26 Konopnickiej street, phone (+48) 122672703.
Permanent exhibition of famous ancient Japanese woodblocks, exquisite handcrafts, and samurai weapons and armor in the modern building of Manggha Center of Japanese Art and Technology designed by Arata Isozaki.

Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed on Mondays. 

Free admission on Tuesdays. 

 

painted silk screen from Krakow's Manggha gallery

 

 

The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum / Muzeum im. Emeryka Hutten-Czapskiego 

at 12 Pilsudskiego street, phone (+48) 124335840 or 124335841. 

Branch of National Museum in Krakow exhibits its unique numismatic collection of historic coins, banknotes, and medals. 

Closed on Mondays. Open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Free admission on Sundays. 

 

 

Museum of Natural History / Muzeum Przyrodnicze PAN 

at 9 Sebastiana street, phone (+48) 124291049.
The place boasts the world’s only ice-age hairy rhino found almost intact in 1929. Plus assorted fossils, examples of extinct and endangered species, Poland’s fauna, shells, insects, minerals, etc.

Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Krakow’s astonishing remains of the Ice-Age rhinoceros, a world-class curiosity

Hipolit House / Kamienica Hipolitow

at 3 Plac Mariacki square, phone (+48) 124224219.
Old burgher mansion next to the Grand Square shows historical interiors of Krakow houses from the 17th c. to the mid 20th c. Plus temporary exhibitions. 

Open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday noon to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and the second Sunday of every month. 

Free admission on Wednesdays. 

 

 

Rynek Underground / Podziemia Rynku 

under Rynek Glowny central square, entry in the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) phone (+48) 124265002.
Subterranean spaces contain a permanent exhibition called ‘Following the Traces of European Identity of Krakow’. It features an archeological park, excavated medieval artifacts, and ingenious multimedia presentations that show the history of Krakow’s pivotal central square from the 11th century on.

Open on weekends, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. plus on Tuesdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. except the first Tuesday of every month. 

Admittance is free of charge on Mondays.  

 

Krakow’s underground archeological museum beneath Rynek Glowny central square

National Museum’s The Szolaysky House / Kamienica Szolayskich

at 9 Plac Szczepanski square and Szczepanska street, phone (+48) 122928185.
Exhibition of the Polish outstanding art from the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century. 

Closed on Mondays. Open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Free admission on Sundays.

 

Stanislaw Wyspianski's self-portrait with wife in peasant costume

National Museum’s Jozef Mehoffer House / Dom Jozefa Mehoffera 

at 26 Krupnicza street, phone (+48) 124211143.
Biographical museum of the noted Polish painter, born 1869, in the house he bought in the 1930s and where he lived till death in 1946. 

Closed on Mondays. Open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Free admission on Sundays.

 

 

Pharmacy Museum / Muzeum Farmacji 

at 25 Florianska street, phone (+48) 124219279.
Old pharmacies, their equipment, street signs, etc. plus varied curios. Allegedly biggest such museum in Europe.

Open on Tuesdays from noon to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays. 

 

 

Photography Museum / Muzeum Historii Fotografii

at 16 Jozefitów street, phone (+48) 126345932.
The Museum boasts unique daguerreotypes, old photographs, cameras, studio and darkroom equipment. Temporary exhibitions display photos of the present day and the past.

Open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday trough Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Free admission on Sundays. 

 

 

Museum of Municipal Engineering / Muzeum Inzynierii Miejskiej  

at 15 Sw. Wawrzynca street, phone (+48) 124211242.
Old vehicles and means of the Krakow public transport on the site of the city’s former streetcar shed dating back to 1900. Plus exhibits illustrating presence of the technology in everyday life over the last two centuries. 

Open weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Mondays. 

Admission is free on Tuesdays. 

 

 

Home Army Museum / Muzeum Armii Krakowej

at 12 Wita Stwosza street, phone (+48) 124100770.
Poland’s Home Army was the largest military resistance organization in the whole Nazi-occupied Europe during the WW2, and the museum tries to show it through documents, photos, weapons, uniforms, etc. 

Closed on Mondays. Open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

Home Army Museum in Krakow shows in innovative way exhibits about World War 2

Pomorska street / Ulica Pomorska 

at 2 Pomorska street, phone (+48) 126331414.
Exhibition on the WW2 martyrdom and anti-nazi resistance in Krakow in the former seat of the dreadful Gestapo police force. Plus documentation of Stalinist regime in the city. 

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Free admission. 

 

 

Remembrance Museum - Eagle Pharmacy / Apteka Pod Orlem

at 18 Plac Bohaterow Getta square, phone (+48) 126565625.
Documents and photos on the premises of former
Krakow ghetto pharmacy that covered up the Polish assistance to Jews show the tragedy of Holocaust. 

Open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays and first Tuesday of every month.

Free admission on Mondays. 

 

 

Celestat  

at 16 Lubicz street, phone (+48) 124293791.
History of Krakow’s Cock Fraternity, the 700-year-old shooting association, in its hall and former shooting range: pictures, memorabilia, costumes, old documents, etc. 

Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Free admission on Wednesdays. 

 

 

Geology Museum / Muzeum Geologiczne PAN 

at 3 Senacka street, phone (+48) 124221910.
Collection of meteorites is the museum’s crown jewel yet the bulk of the exhibits pertain to the geology of the Krakow region

Open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Free admission on the last Saturday of every month. 

 

 

 

Zoological Museum / Muzeum Zoologiczne UJ

at 6 Ingardena street, phone (+48) 126632414.
Fauna of the world on display at the Zoological Institute of the Jagiellonian University: 6,000 species from all over the globe and a collection of exotic mollusks.

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Closed on weekends and Wednesdays.

 

 

Young Poland’s ‘Rydlowka’ Museum / Muzeum Mlodej Polski Rydlowka

at 28 Tetmajera street, phone (+48) 126370750.
The manor house, where in 1900 a wedding party proved formative to the Young Poland artistic movement, turned into a museum of the event. 

Open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday 2 p.m.– 6 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. . 

 

 

To see Krakow's main museums click here

 

 

Tip:  Most Krakow museums admit visitors free of charge one day every week (see our page about Budget Krakow to find details). Also, each Krakow museum is inaccessible one day a week. Besides, many a site closes fairly early, i.e. something like 3 p.m. They may also keep shorter hours or even stay shut on holidays and – in some cases – out of the tourist season. The museums stay closed on major holidays such as Christmas, New Year, Easter, and November 1 (All Saints' Day), 

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