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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 houses three permanent galleries of the Museum: the Gallery of 20th Century Polish Art, the Gallery of Arms and Armour, and the Gallery of Decorative Art, supplemented by an impressive collection of Judaica.
A collection of Judaica was acquired by the National Museum in Krakow already before World War II, in 1935-1939. Already at that time, interest in Jewish culture, coexisting with the Polish one in the Polish lands, could be observed – the people perceived its intriguing, different character.

At present, this is the most interesting collection of Judaica in Poland. It contains valuable and rare silver artefacts dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, objects related to the synagogue and home liturgy, used during religious holidays and home celebrations. A real rarity is a wooden altar cupboard, richly carved and covered with polychrome, known as Aaron-hakodesh and used for storing the Torah scrolls. Another noteworthy item is an 18th century lavabo known as a kijor, used for the ritual of pouring water on the hands.

It is not only the collection of Judaica but also the museum’s educational offer which helps popularize the knowledge of that culture. It includes regular lectures and workshops for children and youth, through which the participants find out about Jewish holidays, liturgy and everyday life.


  • 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