History Museums in Krakow

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History Museums in Krakow

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  • ObiChanKenobi
    Nottingham, UK38 contributions
    After exploring the Old Town Square, we stumbled across Muzeum Krakowa (given that it’s based under the main building and ticket office on the other side of the building), we paid approx. £10 each for entry into the museum. In the ticket office, there is a coin souvenir machine for a small takeaway before entering the museum.

    Entering the museum is easy enough however keeping track of each exhibition is not so thus we had a good explore of the museum itself and each exhibition which includes relics of the past (combs, jewellery etc.), a floor map of medical trade routes, videos and interactive digital booklets which shed light on the history of the city.

    There are also mock graves, wells with skeletons and utensils, and 3D models of what the medieval city looked like, along with large sections of road which shows how each era built for carriages to travel.

    There was a tour guide which I stuck close to at points as they further expanding on the lore of the city in enthusiastic and engaging dialogue.

    The entire museum takes around 2+ hours to fully complete which ends with a series of mini-cinema rooms showing how the museum was built and constructed in the early 2000s, and finished with a small gift shop.
    Written 30 August 2023
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  • Amanda
    Belfast, UK5 contributions
    Great way to spend an hour with the whole family - £7/£8 each or for the day £14/£15. Plenty of arcade games like shooting, driving, pinball, platform games etc. favourites like Tetris, Pac-Man, Mario, space invaders. Tram from centre is easy and takes around 10 mins. Staff very friendly with great English.
    Written 25 August 2023
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  • susangHK2015
    Hong Kong, China39 contributions
    This is a fabulous museum. It's a timed entry, and then you can go through at your own pace. It's not huge, but it's fascinating. Don't miss the tiny globe from 1510 with the first representation of the Americas. The actual globe is in the Copernicus room, in the glass cabinet, and there is also a model that is much bigger and easier to see.
    Written 3 July 2023
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  • Witoldzio
    Manhattan, KS607 contributions
    A very nice place to visit during a bad weather day in Krakow. The collection is located in a 16th century town hall. It has a large collection of items documenting village life, art and customs mainly in the Malopolska region, but also from other regions of Poland and Ukraine. Not too many descriptions in English - I hope the museum is planning to change that.
    Written 19 March 2023
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  • Ann_CatherineNorway
    Oslo, Norway352 contributions
    Fairly intersection museum. Many objects and good explanations. Giftshop and close to many restaurants in the area. Tells the stories about the synagoge as well as Jewish religion.
    Written 27 June 2023
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  • milkasim
    New York City, NY265 contributions
    Nice way to learn about Krakow!. I went with my kids and the movie definitely got their attention. My daughter said that we should have seen the movie before starting to explore the city. The first day we came to Krakow.
    Written 31 July 2019
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  • Lizzie
    3 contributions
    Decided to visit this museum as friend recommended it.
    It's absolutely wonderful but certainly not wonderful are the staff that man the ticket centre.
    Manners left them at the door.
    I asked is this the entrance to the museum gestured to turn left not a word spoken then shoyted at me only because of my age.
    Museum really good but exceptionally dark inside and written display cards need to be lit up and at a higher level.
    It takes 1 to 2 hours to go round and some people had a guide but many did the tour themselves.
    Written 7 September 2023
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK617,133 contributions
    One of the most beautiful streets in Krakow is Kanonicza ,one of the most striking buildings along this pretty street is Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace home to the Krakow National Museum.
    It's a stunning looking building ,an early 14th century building,it's considered behind Wawel Castle the most beautiful building in Krakow ,the facade is amazing ,so photogenic ,interior is superb ,never visited the museum on this trip to Krakow but I have on previous holidays to this beautiful city ,it's a great building to check out if you're in the area and easy to locate along Ulica Kanonicza .
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • Nataša A
    Belgrade, Serbia185 contributions
    Even Egyptian section is worth seeing, and some pottery was interesting too - we came there to see very rare ancient idol. Since those idols were usually made of wood they didn't survive through the time. This one is made of limestone and was discovered in river bed where it was hidden probably from 10th century when Kiev Russia accepted Christianity. Some say it is Slavic god "Svevid" (the one who see everything) others think it might be different deity. Every side of it is different, an piece is exhibited in a manner one can walk around and see all sides. I was impressed.
    Museum it self is rather small but lovely, approached through beautiful garden.
    Fees are low, and it is time and money well spent.
    Written 16 February 2020
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  • Barbara S
    Krakow, Poland1,736 contributions
    It's a beatiful building, right in the centre of Cracow. Good to visit from history and art perspective.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Chooster68
    New York11 contributions
    I appreciate Art Nouveau and since admission was included with my National Museum ticket I decided to pay a visit. There are numerous sketches and paintings on display as well as period furniture and personal photos. It is apparent that the curators went through some effort to make the house look like it did when Mehoffer lived in it and yet the space allows his work to be showcased. It is a great glimpse into the late 19th/early 20th century and definitely worth an hour or two of your time.
    Written 1 October 2019
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  • RoryMorty
    Giessen, Germany319 contributions
    I rather enjoyed this small gallery, which had a fair entrance fee, and a small but valuable collection of European art, which included a Rembrandt, to Brueghel's, as well as a Canova bust, amongst other great pieces.
    Written 31 August 2018
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  • s0mersetb0y
    Somerset, UK848 contributions
    Good and interesting museum with a bunker below….also free entrance to another museum 15 mins walk away but I got to what appeared to be the building but didn’t enter as saw no mention of a museum there
    The lady on the ticket desk was helpful and pleasant
    Written 26 November 2022
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  • Blanche&DaveMcColl
    Dundee, UK482 contributions
    We were lucky enough to visit for free as it was a Wednesday, don't know if it would be worth paying for at full price though.
    We were surprised by how well preserved everything was.
    The rooms were all well looked after and there was information on each one in English as well as other languages, it is a good insight as to how well off and influential families lived.
    We really enjoyed our short visit here.
    Written 12 July 2019
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  • 545medva
    Budapest, Hungary3,972 contributions
    The former palace now houses different exhibitions. We had a very interesting Krakow 1900 exhibition with a lot of atrifacts, painting, statues. It was really amazing.
    Written 18 June 2019
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