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The Cardinal Karol Wojtyła Archdiocesan Museum in Krakow

The Cardinal Karol Wojtyła Archdiocesan Museum in Krakow

ul. Kanonicza 19 - 21

Public visiting hours:
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 16:00
Saturday, Sunday 10:00 – 15:00
This museum was founded in 1906 by Cardinal Jan Puzyna. It was originally intended to be based in two houses on Wawel Hill (Nos. 3 and 4). Remodelling was undertaken on the houses and the location was prepared to be opened to the public. History would not, however, permit them to open their doors - two World Wars and the period of Communism prevented the museum from opening for the next 50 years. Cardinal Karol Wojtyła was to be the next to attempt to open the museum, allocating space for it in the former Augustinian Monastery in Krakow. Unfortunately, this too was unsuccessful. In 1992, Cardinal Franciszek Macharski named Father Andrzej Józef Nowobilski the director of the museum, and in May 5th, 1994, it opened in its current location at ul. Kanonicza 19 and 21 (where professor, and later Bishop and Cardinal Karol Wojtyła lived from 1957 to 1967). The museum showcases ecclesiastical art from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries, including painting, sculpture, fabrics, and artistic handcrafts. It would be impossible to list all of the museum treasures, but particularly worthy of mention is the thirteenth-century painting of Sts. Catherine and Agnes, painted on a wooden board. It is from the church in Dębna and is the oldest painting of its type in Poland. The collection of art associated with the saints, altars, liturgical accessories and painting, some of which are of the finest quality, document a millennium of history of the Bishopric of Krakow. The museum also houses a valuable collection of “Papal Gifts” (400 items). These pieces were received by Pope John Paul II during his pontificate and later donated to the museum. In addition, every year the museum organizes over a dozen exhibits of works by famous artists from Poland and abroad.

The goals and tasks of the Archdiocesan Museum are the presentation of ecclesiastical art and promotion of contemporary artists who create new works inspired by the culture of Christianity. It also has an educational role, working with primary schools, gymnasia, and middle schools.
  • Program regionalny
  • województwo maloposkie
  • Unia Europejska
The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013