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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 is located in an old city hall building of Kazimierz, built in the 15th c. 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, temporary exhibitions are held in beautifully vaulted 16th century cellars. The museum was established in 1911, at the initiative of Seweryn Udziela, a teacher, amateur ethnographer and collector. The museum has in its collection the oldest and the most famous of Krakow cribs. It was made at the end of the 19th century by the master mason and tiler from Krowodrza, Michal Ezenkier. It is a puppet crib, with the nearly 8-feet-tall building inspired by the architecture of Krakow, and it became an example to follow for many generations of Krakow crib makers. Also kept here is the oldest wooden wayside shrine in Poland, from Anielow (Mazovia Voivodship). It is cut out inside a single trunk, and on its front side there is a carved inscription, part of a supplicatory song popular even today, “Holy Jesus, holy and powerful, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us”, and the foundation date “1st May 1650”. In its niche there is a lime statue of Pensive Christ in the characteristic Baroque style of Christ the King.


  • 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