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National Museum in Krakow

National Museum in Krakow

The Jan Matejko House

ul. Floriańska 41

Public visiting hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 – 16:00
The first recorded mentions of this house date back to the Middle Ages. Over the centuries its appearance ceaselessly changed. The townhouse was augmented in the second half of the seventeenth century, and its comprehensive reconstruction occurred in the nineteenth century. The courtyard building was added at that time.

The building was by that time the property of Jan Matejko, who along with his friends, architect Tomasz Pryliński, designed the Neobaroque facade decorated with painters emblems and the balcony on the first storey. In order to create space for a painting studio, the attic was heightened and expanded on the third storey.

In 1904, by the virtue of Krakow's City Council resolution Jan Matejko's house and the building itself became a part of the National Museum in Krakow The structure became one of the branches of the National Museum in Krakow, and after the second World War, along with the institution - it came under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and Art. Because the state of the building had deteriorated significantly during the Second World War, in 1950 the decision was taken to thoroughly remodel it - during which an antique larch wood ceiling from the early eighteenth century was discovered. In 1953 works were commenced to make the museum available to the public.

The second comprehensive renovation of the museum took place between 2007 and 2009. Much has changed in the townhouse on ul. Floriańska, the artist's family home - not only the discovery of a polychrome in one of the rooms of the third storey, which can now be viewed by guests.  First and foremost is the new arrangement of the exposition, thanks to which the private and professional side of Matejko's life are explored: his roles as a husband and father, student, painter and educator, traveller, collector, and early caretaker of historic places.
  • 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