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Historical Museum of the Municipality of Krakow

Historical Museum of the Municipality of Krakow

Old Synagogue

24 Szeroka St.

Opening hours
April – October:
Monday: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (free admission)
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

November – March:
Monday: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (free admission)
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: closed

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The Old Synagogue is the oldest monument of Jewish sacral architecture preserved in Poland. It was erected in the 15th c. as a two-nave hall with a cross-rib vault supported by two pillars, covered with a gable roof. The type of its architecture resembles the Gothic synagogues in Worms, Regensburg and Prague. In 1570, it was converted by a builder from Florence, Matteo Gucci. Its walls were crowned with an attic, used for the first time in the architecture of synagogues in Poland. Between 1550 and 1650, it was extended, one by one, with a porch, two prayer rooms for women and a house for the community council, known as kahal. Together with the kahal house, the synagogue formed a religious and administrative centre of the Jewish community in Kazimierz. Before World War I and after its end, the Old Synagogue underwent a multi-stage restoration, designed in 1904, 1913 and 1923 by Zygmunt Hendl. During World War II, it was used by the Germans as a warehouse, and its furnishings were either destroyed or dispersed. In late 1944, its vault collapsed, maybe destroyed deliberately. In 1956-59, it was restored, and at the same time adapted to function as a museum. Based on an agreement concluded on October 30, 1959, between the Jewish religious community in Krakow and the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, the Museum’s Branch of the History and Culture of Jews in Krakow was established in the synagogue. the synagogue formed a religious and administrative centre of the Jewish community in Kazimierz. Before World War I and after its end, the Old Synagogue underwent a multi-stage restoration, designed in 1904, 1913 and 1923 by Zygmunt Hendl. During World War II, it was used by the Germans as a warehouse, and its furnishings were either destroyed or dispersed. In late 1944, its vault collapsed, maybe destroyed deliberately. In 1956-59, it was restored, and at the same time adapted to function as a museum. Based on an agreement concluded on October 30, 1959, between the Jewish religious community in Krakow and the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, the Museum’s Branch of the History and Culture of Jews in Krakow was established in the synagogue.

The permanent exhibition in the Old Synagogue presents the most precious objects of the museum’s Judaica collection, related to the synagogue, Jewish holidays and annual celebrations, as well as the private life and family life of Jews.
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The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013