It's impossible to mention the word "Cracow" and not say "culture" the same sentence. In this city you are absolutely immersed in all of life's finer things. Cherubs and gargoyles look down from almost every ancient palace and townhouse - guarding the endless treasure troves of everything cultural. From famous paintings, like Da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" to Egyptian artefacts, to catacombs which easily break the thousand-year marker, you'll find more culture and history here than in most cities on this planet. When you've satisfied your museum-hunger, move right along to Cracow's many galleries. Showcasing the best of the old as well as the brightest modern stars, you'll get more art than you can handle. And let's not forget about the city's own, unique Cracow Culture. There's not many places in the world where "nie kulturalny" (uncultured) survives as a powerful cut-down. We've prepared an easy to use directory of all of the city's finer things. Perfect for balancing out that "Drink" section!

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Top rated culture in Krakow

Art Decorum

Setting new standards

Internet Gallery     Internet


Born in the bowels of boheme

Gallery     Old Town

The Stained Glass Museum

Museum in a legendary workshop

Museum     Old Town

Capella Cracoviensis

Cracow's musical pride on the fringe

Music     Old Town

Cloth Hall Gallery

Longstanding gallery of 19th Century Polish Painting

Museum     Old Town

Jewish Community Center

A beacon for Polish Jews

Cultural Centre     Old Town

Agrafka Cinema

Historic venue dedicated to movies

Cinema     Old Town

Otwarta Pracownia

Offbeat treasure trove of talent

Gallery     Kazimierz

Dominican Church

An old timer with a youthful touch

Church     Old Town

St Catherine's Church

Sublime acoustics amidst gothic splendour

Church     Kazimierz

Galicia Jewish Museum

A fresh look at Poland's Jewish heritage

Museum     Kazimierz


Cosy little cinema for lovers of fine films

Cinema     City Centre North


Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

Museum     Podgorze

Auschwitz Jewish Center

Centre of Jewish culture and learning in Oswiecim

Museum     Oswiecim


Exhibitions, conferences and much more

Cultural Centre     Old Town

The Aviation Museum

Chocks Away!

Museum     Further afield

Kika Cinema

New gem on the movie circuit

Cinema     Podgorze

Ethnographic Museum

Magic encounter with folk art

Museum     Kazimierz

Teatr Barakah

Independent artistic theatre company

Theatre     Kazimierz

Hipolit Townhouse

Nostalgic treasure just off the Square

Museum     Old Town


Vibrant theatre for all the family

Theatre     City Centre West

BB Gallery

Leading gallery of contemporary art

Design     City Centre North

KTO Theatre

Street theatre from a Cracow crew

Theatre     City Centre North

Pauza Gallery

Multi-purpose gallery above Pauza Club

Gallery     Old Town

St Mary's Basilica

Gothic great on the main square

Church     Old Town

University Museum

Discover the sumptuous halls of the university

Museum     Old Town


A night at the opera

Opera     Old Town


Established contemporary art gallery on Florianska

Gallery     Old Town

Museum of History of Photography

Flashes of inspiration

Museum     City Centre West

Bunkier Sztuki

Top centre of contemporary art

Gallery     Old Town

Philharmonic Hall

Major classical venue just beyond the Planty

Music Venue     City Centre West

Plac Bohaterow Getta

Monument to the heroes and victims of the Jewish Ghetto

Monument     Podgorze

Oskar Schindler's Factory

The famous factory of Oskar Schindler

Museum     Podgorze

Slowacki Theatre

Opera and Theatre in Belle Epoque style

Theatre     Old Town

Space Gallery

Distinguished art gallery in central Cracow

Gallery     Old Town

Pharmacy Under The Eagle

A gem of a museum chronicling the wartime ghetto

Museum     Podgorze

Old Synagogue Museum

A glimpse into Cracow's Jewish past

Museum     Kazimierz

The Jozef Mehoffer House

Delightful museum about Cracovian artist

Museum     Old Town

Sanctuary of Divine Mercy

Modern basilica and Catholic pilgrimage site

Church     Lagiewniki

National Museum

Must-see museum just beyond the Old Town

Museum     City Centre West

Museum of Archaeology

Archaeological ace on Senacka

Museum     Old Town

Pieskowa Skala Castle

Branch of the National Museum outside Cracow

Museum     Further afield

Manggha Centre

Krakow's centre for Japanese culture

Institute     City Centre West

Wawel Royal Castle

The Royal and State Apartments

Museum     Old Town

Archdiocesan Museum

Catholic Glory at the foot of the Royal Castle

Museum     Old Town

Corpus Christi Church

Mysterious marvel in Kazimierz

Church     Kazimierz


Tribute to a Legend of World Theatre: Tadeusz Kantor

Cultural Centre     Podgorze

Museum of Municipal Engineering

See Krakow from a different perspective

Museum     Kazimierz

Starmach Gallery

Respected gallery of contemporary art

Gallery     Podgorze


Musicals and light drama just beyond the Planty

Theatre     City Centre West

Wawel Cathedral

Cracow's spiritual home

Church     Wawel

St Anne's Church

Showpiece of Cracow Baroque

Church     Old Town

Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace

Art of old Poland in a beautiful palace museum

Museum     Old Town

Rynek Underground

Traces of Krakow's European identity

Museum     Old Town

Szolayski House

Krakow's temple of Art Nouveau

Museum     Old Town


From granary to gallery of European art

Museum     City Centre West

Malopolski Ogrod Sztuki

Not so garden variety of arts

Venue     Old Town

Teatr Laznia Nowa

A new feather in Nowa Huta's Cap

Theatre     Further afield

Olympia Gallery

Discerning gallery in Kazimierz

Gallery     Podgorze

Stary Teatr

Historic theatre in the heart of Cracow

Theatre     Old Town

Teatr Ludowy

Legendary Theatre in Nowa Huta

Theatre     Nowa Huta

AB Gallery

Alladin's Den of ceramics in the Cloth Hall

Design     Old Town

Pszczyna Palace Museum

Glorious Palace Museum West of Cracow

Museum     Further afield

Nowy Wisnicz Castle

Princely residence east of Cracow

Museum     Further afield

Lost Wawel

Archaeological treats on Wawel Hill

Museum     Old Town

International Print Triennial Cracow

Champions of Graphic Art

Gallery     Old Town

Institute of Nuclear Physics

It's not rocket science...

Institute     City Centre West

Wyspianski 2000 Pavilion

Exhibition and information hall in a unique style

Cultural Centre     Old Town

Krakow Historical Museum

The History of Cracow

Museum     Old Town

Palac Sztuki

The Friends of Fine Arts Society

Institute     Old Town

Tischner European University

A university for all

University     Old Town

Galeria AG

Vibrant gallery just off the square

Gallery     Old Town

Siwek-Front Gallery

Eponymous gallery of Cracow artist

Gallery     Old Town

Bialy Pradnik Manor

Culture Centre in a beautiful historical manor

Institute     City Centre North

The Jan Matejko House

Tribute to a towering figure in the arts

Museum     Old Town

Jan Fejkiel Gallery

Prints, drawings and more

Gallery     Old Town

The Florianka Hall

Palatial Concert Hall in the City Centre

Music Venue     Old Town

Scena pod Ratuszem

Little theatre on the Market Square

Theatre     Old Town

Niepolomice Museum Of Art

Historical interiors and art exhibition outside Krakow

Museum     Further afield

Slaski Theatre

Theatre and Opera in the Silesian capital

Theatre     Further afield

Slaskie Museum

Main museum of the Silesian region

Museum     Further afield


Originality... creativity... Mumerus!

Theatre     Old Town

Ardente Sole Foundation

Poland's finest court dance ensemble

Institute     City Centre West

Goethe Institute

Germania in Cracovia

Institute     Old Town

Rydlowka Museum

Birthplace of a masterpiece

Museum     Further afield

Centre For Jewish Culture

Cultural foundation in a former synagogue

Institute     Kazimierz

Cervantes Institute

Don Quixote comes to Cracow

Institute     Old Town

Gallery Kawaleria

Attractive gallery attached to restaurant

Gallery     Old Town

Scena przy pompie

Summer stage of the Slowacki Theatre

Theatre     Old Town

The House Under The Cross

The Heady World of Cracovian Theatre

Museum     Old Town

Market Square

You can't miss it, really

Landmark     Old Town

Church on the Rock

Fabled church on the Vistula

Church     Kazimierz

Franciscan Basilica

Flaming floral wonder

Church     Old Town

Bernardine Church

Baroque belter below the castle

Church     Old Town

St Adalbert's Church

Small is beautiful

Church     Old Town

Crypt of Honour on the Rock

Pantheon of Polish Greats

Crypt     Kazimierz

Cracow University of Technology

Cracow University of Technology

University     City Centre

French Institute

Promoting French Culture in Cracow

Institute     Old Town

2 Swiaty Gallery

Popular Kazimierz Gallery

Gallery     Kazimierz

Moda na Sztuke

Online Arts

Gallery     Wieliczka
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