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Historical Museum of the Municipality of Krakow

Historical Museum of the Municipality of Krakow

Krzysztofory Palace

35 Rynek Główny

Opening hours
May – October:
Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 a.m.–5.30 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday: closed

November – April:
Wednesday, Friday – Sunday: 9.00 a.m.–4.00 p.m.
Thursday: 11.00 a.m.–6.00 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday: closed
The Krzysztofory Palace is one of the most beautiful and most impressive of city palaces in Krakow. The palace was built in the 17th c. by combining Gothic tenements located at Rynek Glowny and the current Szczepanska St.

Displayed in the palace, among others, is the Tarcza Ruska (Russian Shield), a magnificent work of craftsmanship. It was made by Józef Hakowski (1834–1897), an outstanding Polish goldsmith, medallist, and Queen Victoria’s court metal sculptor. This exhibit is one of the most beautiful decorative shields in Europe. Tarcza Ruska, with a depiction of the battle of Kulikowe Field, was finished in 1895. It was the idea of the members of Krakow aristocracy to make a decorative shield with motifs from the history of old Russia. It was to be presented to Alexander III, Tsar of Russia.

They wanted to ask for softening of the tsarist oppression on the Polish territory annexed by the Russians.

The sceptre of Krakow mayors, displayed here, is one of the most treasured items of the old Krakow authorities. It was taken from the city hall. Once an insignia of the mayor of the city, it was the property of the Municipality. It was made of silver at the beginning of the 16th century.
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The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013