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The Jagiellonian University Botanical Garden

The Jagiellonian University Botanical Garden

27 Kopernika St.

Opening hours
The garden is open: mid-Apr to mid-Oct.
In spring and summer:
Daily: 9.00 a.m.–7.00 p.m.
Greenhouses: 10:00–6:00 (closed on Fridays)

Autumn hours:
Daily: 9.00 a.m.–5.00 p.m.
Greenhouses: 10:00–4:00 (closed on Fridays)
The Jagiellonian University Botanical Garden, founded in 1783, is the oldest institution of this kind in Poland. On the area of approximately 10 ha, over 5 thousand species and strains of plants have been gathered and organised into sections and collections. The didactic sections illustrate the relationship between the groups of plants, the principles of the inheritance of traits, the structure and functioning of flowers and the methods of dissemination. There are three glasshouses in the area of the garden (of which two are open to the public), containing plants from various climates – mostly tropical. Deserving special attention is the greatest collection of orchids in Poland and the oldest collection of cycads, which includes a Queen Sago Cycas circinalis specimen recorded in 1864. The image of this annually blooming specimen is the logo of the garden. In the palm-house there are approximately 40 species of palms, and several dozen species of philodendrons and figs. Undeniably interesting is the collection of tropical cultivated plants, such as coffee, tea, cacao trees, ginger, etc. One of the most interesting of the specimens is the oldest palm tree in Poland – a Canary Island date palm Phoenix canariensis, growing in the winter glasshouse, where summer concerts take place. In the same glasshouse complex one can see among others: a Brazilian victoria Victoria cruziana with its large leaves, citrus fruits, scented flowers of vanilla Vanilla planifolia, and lotus flowers (Egyptian Nymphea lotus and Indian Nelumbo nucifera).

Within the garden premises there is the J. Dyakowska Botanical Museum and the History of Botany Research Unit. On display are plants (fruits, seeds, fragments of stems) from botanical expeditions into the tropics (19th, 20th c.) to Central America, Africa and Indonesia. Some of the exhibits come from the collection of the Botanical Garden and are a documentation of its history. Gathering records regarding the teaching and evolution of botany in Krakow is an important part of the Research Unit’s activity. The museum is located in the building of Śniadecki Collegium, in which a faculty of Chemistry and Natural History was located by Hugo Kołłątaj during the 18th century reform of Krakow Academy. In 1792 an astronomical and meteorological observatory was also located there. The astronomical observatory was operating until the second half of the 20th century; the domes on the roof of the building, one with a small exposition with a telescope inside, are all that is left of it. The meteorological station has been operating without pause or disruption since 1825 up to this day. It is a part of the network of posts of the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW), and is also a scientific research and didactic unit.
  • 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