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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 of Czesław Boratyński, Edward Kreisler and Bolesław Schmidt. It houses three permanent exhibitions of the Museum. The 20th Century Polish Art Gallery is the largest exposition of its kind in Poland, where one can get to know the chosen trends of Polish art of the last and the current century, from Young Poland to the present times. The Gallery of Craftsmanship is the greatest permanent exhibition of its kind in Poland. The collection presented here shows the richness of Polish and Western-European craftsmanship, from the early Middle Ages to the times of the Secession. It is supplemented by an impressive collection of Judaica. The Arms and Colours in Poland Gallery presents some of the greatest and most precious of Polish collections of militaria items, from the Middle Ages to the Second World War.

The 20th Century Polish Art Gallery comprises one of the most spectacular collections of Young Poland art. On display are the works of the most prominent artists of that period, who shaped the specific, decadent mood of Krakow at the turn of 19th and 20th century. The unsettling paintings by Witold Wojtkiewicz, Wojciech Weiss and Władysław Podkowiński leave a lasting impact and cannot easily be forgotten. The nearly miniature landscapes by Jan Stanisławski reflect his nostalgia for Ukraine. Worth seeing are the works of such masters as Jacek Malczewski and Leon Wyczółkowski. Extremely interesting are the designs of stained glass windows for Wawel Cathedral by Stanisław Wyspiański. Another example of stained glass window making technique is Józef Mehoffer’s project intended for the cathedral in Freiberg in Switzerland. Next to it is the stained glass window Vita Somnium Breve (Life is a Short Dream), made according to the design of the same artist.

One can get to know the art of stained glass also in the Gallery of Craftsmanship. There is an outstanding set of them from the Dominican church of św. Trójca (Holy Trinity) in Krakow, from the 13th–15th century. Preserved in its original form, it astonishes with the richness and depth of colours.

Part of the Gallery of Craftsmanship is devoted entirely to the art of the Secession period. The common, everyday items made in the best Polish and European workshops are fascinatingly masterfully crafted. Twining, lithe lines of silver, glass and porcelain items as well as of furniture, bring to life the world from 100 years ago. Among the rarities in Polish collections are the works of glass by Emil Galle, and part of a coffee set designed by an architect from Vienna, Josef Hoffmann (1910). A symbol of the Polish ceramics of the Secession period is the vase with a procession of naked characters by Jan Szczepkowski.


  • 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