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National Museum in Krakow

National Museum in Krakow

The Wyspiański Museum in the Szołayski House

11 Szczepańska St.

Opening hours
Tuesday (temporary exhibitions only): 10.00 a.m.–6.00 p.m.
Wednesday – 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 museum is located in the house of the Krakow Szołayski family, built in the 17th century, and expanded in the 19th and 20th c. It was granted to the museum by Włodzimiera and Adam Szołayski in 1904 and commissioned in 1928. In 2003, after a long renovation the tenement became the location of the Stanisław Wyspiański Museum, existing since 1983. The museum houses two permanent exhibitions. The Gallery of Stanisław Wyspiański’s Works has the greatest collection of his works in Poland. Among others are his original interior designs, and applied art, his self-portraits and portraits of his friends, works connected with theatre and stained glass designs. The second permanent exposition is devoted to Feliks Jasieński, also know as “Manggha”. It recreates the mood of his flat in Krakow, and reminds visitors of the numerous friendships of this extraordinary collector and supporter of the museum with the prominent artists of the Young Poland period.

In the Stanisław Wyspiański Museum we get to know the world of the Young Poland period, and the works of one of the most prominent of Polish artists of the turn of the 19th and 20th century. His versatile activity connected with almost every branch of arts helps us to get to know the best examples of the Young Poland period paintings, stained glass designs, stage and theatre costume design, and also the furnishing of bourgeois houses in the Secession period. We can see the original, legendary pieces of furniture made at the request of Tadeusz Boy Żeleński and his wife Zofia for their flat in Krakow. Commanding attention are the designs of some of the most beautiful stained glass windows of the Young Poland period – Apollo, a decoration of the Medical House Society, and God the Father from a Franciscan church in Krakow. Also on display are the self-portraits of Wyspiański and the portraits of his friends and children, which are representative of Secession painting in Poland. One of the museum rooms, called the “Sapphire workshop”, is devoted to the private life of the artist and the subject of motherhood. Furniture, sculptures, tapestries and trinkets once belonging to this great collector, give a good impression of how bourgeois Secession residential interiors looked.
  • 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