Historical Museum of Kraków

The Historical Museum of the City of Kraków (Polish: Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa) in Kraków, Lesser Poland, was granted the status of an independent institution in 1945. Originally, it was a branch of the Old Records Office of Kraków, in operation from 1899.[1]

Historical Museum of Kraków
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Krzysztofory Palace
at the Main Market Square, Kraków
LocationKraków, Poland
Coordinates50°03′46″N 19°56′11″W / 50.0628°N 19.9365°W / 50.0628; -19.9365Coordinates: 50°03′46″N 19°56′11″W / 50.0628°N 19.9365°W / 50.0628; -19.9365
TypeNational museum
ManagerPiotr Hapanowicz
DirectorMichał Niezabitowski [pl]
CuratorPiotr Hapanowicz
Public transit accessMiejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne w Krakowie [pl] how to get there, see external links

The Museum's main location is the baroque Krzysztofory Palace.


Exhibition inside the museum

The Historical Museum is made up of 14 divisions scattered around the city, including its main branch as well as Old Synagogue, Schindler's Factory, Under the Eagle Pharmacy, Pomorska street Gestapo prison, Hipolit Manor, Town Hall Tower, Barbakan, Defensive Walls, Celestat, Muzeum of Nowa Huta, Zwierzyniecki Manor, Under the Cross Manor, and the Main Market Square tunnels. The divisions preserve and display artifacts of the history of the city, the history of Jews, the history of the theatre and many others.[2]

The Museum holdings include sixteenth through twentieth century city maps, paintings, prints, photographs, guild objects and works by Kraków artists and artisans, as well as portraits of nobility from the sixteenth to the twentieth century; fourteenth through twentieth century weapons; a collection of sixteenth through twentieth century clocks; famous Kraków nativity scenes (szopka); artifacts related to theatre; Judaica; items commemorative of the Polish uprisings of the nineteenth century and of World War I and II.

The Museum houses a permanent exhibit of the History and Culture of Kraków, a collection of the militaria (projectiles, firearms, defense and sharp weapons), clocks and watches. The Town Hall Tower in the Main Market Square is the venue of the Photographs of the Market Square exhibition.

Since 1999, under the Museum's jurisdiction is the Barbakan, one of the best known examples of medieval defense structures in Poland, whose interior is made accessible to tourists each summer.

Portrait of Mikołaj Zyblikiewicz by Wojciech Stattler, at the Historical Museum of Kraków

Museum BranchesEdit

Main branch location at: Krzysztofory Palace on Main Market Square (Rynek Główny) 35, Kraków

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Museum's History at the Museum's Home page (in Polish)
  2. ^ Marek Strzala, Krakow's Premier Museums
  3. ^ History of Nowa Huta (Dzieje Nowej Huty) Museum branch located at Os. Słoneczne 16, not associated with the new PRL Museum at os. Centrum E 1.

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