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Archeological Museum in Krakow

Archeological Museum in Krakow

3 Senacka St. (entrance from Poselska Street)

Opening hours
September – June:
Monday – Wednesday: 9.00 a.m.– 2.00 p.m.
Thursday: 2.00 p.m.– 6.00 p.m.
Friday, Sunday: 10.00 a.m.– 2.00 p.m.
Saturday: closed

July – August:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m.– 2.00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 2.00 p.m.– 6.00 p.m.
Saturday: closed
Sunday: 10.00 a.m.– 2.00 p.m.
The Archaeology Museum in Krakow is located at the corner of Poselska and Senacka streets in a complex of buildings of St. Michael. Between the 9th and 13th centuries earthen and wooden fortifications of Okol were running through this area and since the 14th c. the defensive city walls. The relics of those fortifications are preserved in the museum basements. Since the 17th century a cloister complex of the Barefoot Carmelites has existed here, and later, during the Partitions, the Austrian authorities adopted the cloister building as a prison.

The Archaeology Museum in Krakow has in its collection approximately 500 thousand exhibits. The most interesting ones include the: mummy of Aset-iri-khet-es, a part of the permanent exhibition "the Gods of ancient Egypt". The most valuable and the most impressive part of the Egyptian collection are four sarcophagi from the excavations in el Gamhud, performed during 1907- 1908 by Tadeusz Smoleński, the first Polish Egyptologist and expert in Coptic language. One of the sarcophagi belongs to the priestess of Isis, by the name of Aset-iri-khet-es. Her mummy was encased in precious cartonage, which was severely damaged by the ancient tomb robbers. Presently, after the conservation work, the cartonage has been placed in a separate showcase.

A part of the permanent exhibition "Ancient and Early Mediaeval Lesser Poland" and the crown jewel of the Museum is the stone idol of Światowid from Zbrucz (9th/ 10th c.), the most precious relic of pre-Christian Slavonic culture. It is believed to be an idol of a Slavonic deity. It is commonly believed that it depicts Światowid, the god of the sun, fire, war and harvest. The four-sided, eight-feet-tall limestone monument is crowned with a sculpture of a head with four faces wearing headgear. On the sides of the monument there are some scenes depicted on three levels. Their possible interpretations include the four seasons and a diagram of social hierarchy.


  • 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