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The Seweryn Udziela Museum of Ethnography in Krakow

The Seweryn Udziela Museum of Ethnography in Krakow

Main Building – City Hall,
1 Wolnica Square

“Esterka” building,
46 Krakowska St.

Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:
11.00 a.m.–7.00 p.m.
Thursday: 11.00 a.m.–9.00 p.m.
Sunday: 11.00 a.m.–3.00 p.m.
The museum, established in 1911 on the initiative of Seweryn Udziela, a teacher, amateur ethnographer and collector, is located in an old city hall building of Kazimierz, built in the 15th century in Gothic style, and in later ages expanded in Renaissance style. The city hall houses a Polish folk culture exhibition, while in the second building, the so-called Esterka, in beautifully vaulted 16th century cellars temporary exhibitions are held.

The museum collections number over 80 thousand exhibits, most of which come from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Most of the collections are Polish, but there are also considerable ones from other European countries, mostly Slavonic ones, but also from beyond Europe.

The permanent exhibition entitled “Polish folk culture” presents the life of peasants – dwellers of Polish villages from the end of the 19th century until the second half of the 20th century. In the two chambers on the ground floor – Krakow and Podhalan – apart from large stoves and furniture made and sculptured in Podhale and painted in the Krakow region there are examples of folk art and craft, the main collection of which – paintings, sculptures, paper cutouts, Easter eggs – is presented on the second floor. One can also enter real village workshops – a fulling workshop and an oil mill – and even sit at a school desk. a rich collection of festive folk clothing from every region of Poland creates a colourful gallery on the first floor, where folk musical instruments are also displayed, from the tiny złóbcoks (violin- like instruments), to a giant trembita (wind instrument). Also here are Christmas-related items, such as Christmas wafers, straw stars and spiders, old versions of the Christmas tree that were suspended from the ceiling, country and Krakow cribs, Easter-related palms and Easter eggs, and finally common items of everyday life of the village.


  • 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