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Historical Museum of the Municipality of Krakow

Historical Museum of the Municipality of Krakow

The Celestat – Residence of the Krakow Sharpshooter's Society

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Public visiting hours:
during summer season
(May - October) Tuesday - Saturday and the second Sunday of every month 9:30 - 17:00

 

during winter season
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and the second Sunday of every month 9:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00


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www.bractwo.kurkowe.krakow.pl
celestat@mhk.pl

The Neogothic building of the Celestat (1837) in the Shooter's Garden is the home of one of the oldest Polish brotherhoods of marksmen, which carried out its activities uninterrupted for seven centuries. A branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow is located here, featuring an exhibition which is unique in Europe: "The History of the Fowler Brotherhood of Krakow" The core of the collections consists of the Fowler Brotherhood of Krakow Collection. It includes a gallery of portraits of Krakow's Fowler Kings (from 1834 onward) insignias of the heads of the Marksmen's Association (staves, sceptres, chains), the most precious of which is the silver fowl (a rooster) since 1565, the symbol of the honour of the Fowler King, donated to the brotherhood by the authorities of the city of Krakow. There is a collection of numerous medals, shooting trophies, and impressive tondos (circular paintings), many of which document the most important events in the history of the brotherhood, as well as many photographs. Items illustrating the most recent history of the society are also gathered here, such as a model of the monument to John Paul II funded by the Brotherhood and erected in the Shooter's Garden in 2000. The institution continues to accumulate gifts, donated objects and loaned exhibits, frequently from the brothers themselves.
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