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Archeological Museum in Krakow

Archeological Museum in Krakow

ul. Senacka 3
(visitors’ entrance from ul. Poselska)


Public visiting hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 – 14:00
Thursday 4:00 – 18:00
Friday, Sunday 10:00 - 14.00

 

during summer vacation (July, August)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 - 14:00
Tuesday, Thursday 14:00 – 18:00
Sunday 10:00 – 14:00

 

www.ma.krakow.pl
mak@ma.krakow.pl

The Archaeological Museum in Krakow is the oldest archaeological institution in Poland, operating since 1850. It can be found on the corner of  ul. Poselska and Senacka in the St. Michael complex. From the ninth to the thirteenth centuries through this area went wood-and-earth fortifications of the village of Okół, while from the fourteenth century a stone defensive wall surrounded the city. Relics of that fortification are preserved in the cellars of the museum. From the seventeenth century a cloister complex stood here belonging to the discalced Carmelites, and later, during the partitions it was adapted into a prison by the Austrian authorities. The museum’s collections include around 500,000 exhibits, which were uncovered during archaeological excavations and donated by discoverers and collectors.

The Museum's greatest treasure is displayed in the permanent exhibition “Prehistory and Early Middle Ages in Małopolska” - a stone statue of Światowid of Zbrucz (ninth/tenth century), the most valuable artefact of pre-Christian Slavic culture. It is believed to be a depiction of a deity connected with the Slavic religion. It is generally believed to depict Świętowit – the god of the sun, fire, war and harvests.

Among the most interesting items of the museum are: The mummy of Aset-iri-khet-es, in the permanent exhibition “Gods of Ancient Egypt”. The most valuable and most striking portion of the Egyptian collection is comprised of the four sarcophagi from the excavations in el-Gamhud, carried out in 1907 and 1908 by Tadeusz Smoleński, the first Polish Egyptologist and Coptologist. 
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The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013