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The Jagiellonian University Museum

The Jagiellonian University Museum

ul. Jagiellońska 15


www.maius.uj.edu.pl
collegiummaius.info@uj.edu.pl

 

Public visiting hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10:00 - 14:20 (last admission)
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00 – 14:20 (last admission) - Apr 1 – Oct 31, last admission at 17:20
Saturday 10:00 - 14:20 (last admission)
Holidays - Closed

 


The fifteenth century Collegium Maius, seat of the Jagiellonian University Museum, is the oldest university building in Poland. The Museum is home to a rich collection of scientific instruments, including some of world significance, such as: an astrolabe, astronomical globe and torquetum by Hans Dorn from the 1480s, and the  sixteenth century Jagiellonian Globe - the first globe showing America. It also houses the oldest scientific instrument in Poland – an Arab astrolabe dating from 1054.

The art collections in the Collegium Maius include paintings by Polish artists (inc. Jan Matejko, Olga Boznańska, Józef Mehoffer), and western European paintings.

The exposition is also comprised of medieval sculpture and painting including the most valuable pieces of Gothic art.
Inside the Museum of the Jagiellonian University the academic tradition lives on: The University Senate holds its sessions in the Library, the Jagiellonian Hall is the site of awarding academic honours and doctorates, as well as other awards. Every year on the first of October, the University procession departs from the Collegium Maius, inaugurating the academic year.

Aside from the permanent exhibition, temporary exhibits are organized on various themes, such as painting, printmaking, photography and science.

The interactive exhibit entitled “The World of the Senses” is worth exploring, designed to bring into focus the anatomical, physiological, and physical bases of the function of the sensory organs. The exhibit uses interactive models to bring its subject to life. By following the instructions, the participant directly experiences the exhibits, coming to know particular phenomena from the fields of biology, physics, and chemistry.
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