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Underground of the Main Market Square

Underground of the Main Market Square

Main Market Square 1
31-042 Kraków

Opening hours:
In summer season from April to October
MONDAY - 10.00 am to 20.00 pm
TUESDAY * - 10.00 am to 16.00 pm
WEDNESDAY - 10.00 am to 22.00 pm
THURSDAY - 10.00 am to 22.00 pm
FRIDAY - 10.00 am to 22.00 pm
SATURDAY - 10.00 am to 22.00 pm
SUNDAY - 10.00 am to 22.00 pm

In summer season from November to March
MONDAY - 10.00 am to 20.00 pm
TUESDAY - 10.00 am to 16.00 pm
WEDNESDAY - 10.00 am to 20.00 pm
THURSDAY - 10.00 am to 20.00 pm
FRIDAY - 10.00 am to 20.00 pm
SATURDAY - 10.00 am to 20.00 pm
SUNDAY - 10.00 am to 20.00 pm

* Admission free on Tuesday. Closed on every first Tuesday of the month.


Last entrance 75 min before closing time.


Last entrance for groups 90 min before the closing time. Entrance every 15 minutes up to 30 people.


"Podziemia Rynku" is fully equipped to provide access for people with disabilities.
The underground museum beneath the Main Square is an archaeological-architectural preserve. This unique complex occupies 3,300 m2, and exhibits traces of settlements from nomadic times and relics of medieval construction on the Square using various historical archaeological and architectonic items, including fragments of buildings, cemeteries, parts of settlements, paving stones, and an aqueduct. This part of the exhibition demonstrates to visitors the various functions that the Square has performed through its history. This is one of the largest archaeological sites in Poland and is a vibrant centre for historical, archaeological, and conservatorial education, sharing modern research techniques and methods for the presentation of cultural heritage.

The permanent exhibition "Everyday Life and Commerce on Krakow's Main Square (thirteenth to eighteenth centuries)" presents various aspects of city life. On display are moveable relics of material culture, uncovered during archaeological digs all over the Square (e.g. objects of historical craftsmanship from the period of the eleventh to eighteenth centuries) enriched with realistic reconstructions which allow the visitor to travel back in time to the atmosphere of Krakow in the Middle Ages or the Age of Discovery. The stone remains of the oldest commercial buildings of incorporated Krakow, laying alongside medieval cobbles and rising over them the stone walls of the earliest building of the Kramy Bogate, a building which once stood neighbouring the first version of the Sukiennice; together these artefacts form a scenic and monumental picture of the development of the largest public commercial space in Europe - Krakow's Main Square.


The raw architecture of the five vaulted cellars of the Sukiennice (on the eastern side) is the site of the exhibition "Forum Polonorum - the Main Square in the History of the Polish Nation". In this part of the museum, separate from the other sections, visitors can encounter events connected with the Square that had a profound impact on the history of Poland and Europe. This part of the exhibition, referred to as the "time capsules", creates the illusion of travelling back in time thanks to the screening of dramatized films, and is enriched by the exhibition programme, which complements the subject presented. The "time capsules" bring viewers closer to the setbacks and triumphs, the tributes and traditions of Krakow, the Magdeburg Law, and the patriotic events which have taken place here (including the oath of Tadeusz Kościuszko on the Square and the Kościuszko Uprising, the great patriotic protests, and the restoration of independence in 1918).


The basic mission of the tourist route "Tracing the European Identity of Krakow - The Tourist Route Under the Main Square" is to fulfil an educational role. Through lectures, workshops, educational games and other such activities, the visitors to the route through the underground of the Main Square in Krakow will be able to deepen their knowledge of this unique and extraordinary place.

  • 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