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National Museum in Krakow

National Museum in Krakow

Main Building

al. 3 Maja 1

Opening hours
Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 a.m.–6.00 p.m.
Sunday: 10.00 a.m.–4.00 p.m.
Monday: closed
Free admission to permanent exhibitions on Sundays.
The Main Building was built with pauses in 1934–1989 according to the project by Czesław Boratyński, Edward Kreisler and Bolesław Schmidt. There are three permanent exhibitions here: 20th Century Polish Art, Arms and Colours in Poland, and the Gallery of Decorative Art. The works displayed in the Gallery of Decorative Art, from the Middle Ages to the times of the Secession, and the stylishly arranged interiors evoke the image of life in past ages. The oldest and the most treasured item is the Włocław Goblet from the 1st half of the 1th century, probably liturgical a considerable part of the collection is devoted to the way and quality of life of the Polish nobles (szlachta) in the Baroque period. The elements of Sarmatia clothing, such as kontusz belts, 18th century works of glass and silver, cloth, furniture and Meissen porcelain, create an unforgettable image of the life of Polish notables of the past ages a collection of dresses from the beginning of the 19th century up to the beginning of the 20th century presented here gives a full scope of 100 years of women’s fashion, withsupplements and accessories such as shawls, jewellery and fans. Also found in the gallery are memorabilia of Adam Mickiewicz and extremely interesting funeral jewellery, recalling the sad years after the fall of the national uprisings.


  • 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