Ethnographic Museum

Ethnographic Museum
Rating
95% from 8 reviews
Phone
+48 (12) 4305563
Website
Ethnographic Museum
Address
pl. Wolnica 1

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Editor's review

Costumes, kitchen utensils, tools... the permanent exhibition at the Ethnographic museum freezes everyday objects in time, allowing closer examination of their significance. Whole rooms have been reconstructed to show homes, schools and places of work, putting exhibits into context and illustrating their transition from ‘object’ to ‘artefact’. Not only is this a valuable and rich source of information about Polish folk history, it may also lead you to reassess the contents of your own home.

Editor
Krakow Life

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Michael from United Kingdom Reply May 18th, 2013

An interesting museum. Not crowded, and plenty of interesting things to see, such as traditional folk costumes.

Peter from United States Reply Dec 31st, 2011

An excellent museum! We have been to Krakow several times but this was our first visit here - we will recommend it to others for sure.

Louise Roberts from United Kingdom Reply Mar 18th, 2010

A great museum to visit if you enjoy learning about Polish rustic life and customs. Lovely reconstructions of traditional buildings which make up rooms on the ground floor-go upstairs and you are greeted by a corridor full of various traditional country dress (which I absolutely loved), and along the corridor is a maze of exhibits regarding school life, farming, various skills such as woodcarving, leather tooling, weaving, fishing, musical instrument making...then on to traditional Polish festivities in marriage, Easter and Christmas...very thorough and interesting. They have printed out laminated English commentaries to every room which is very helpful considering the sheer amount of exhibits! If you go up a further level, there is a big display of Polish religious iconography. I really enjoyed my visit for 8PLN.

Catherine J from United Kingdom Reply May 20th, 2009

We came in here on thr "Month of Photography." To the smaller building, which we'd been told about. Incredible exhibition "Home" with pics of houses from all round the world. Highly recommend it. And beautiful little building. Generally saw lots of cool exhibitions in the Photo fest. Shame we don't have something similar back in UK!

katy from United Kingdom Reply Aug 31st, 2007

great museum. The exhibits were interesting and nicely displayed.

Pearson from United Kingdom Reply Jul 27th, 2007

A hidden gem that really needs to get more publicity! Superb displays of all kinds of Polish Culture, heritage and crafts. When we visited a group of thoroughly absorbed small Polish children were visiting to learn about their history through stories, and dancing and dressing up. WONDERFUL! The staff were really helpful despite their limited English and we spent ages there as it was so interesting All the exhibits had cards with English translations .

Rachel & David Middleton from United Kingdom Reply Jun 2nd, 2007

We hadn't planned on visiting this museum, but we came across it and decided to go in. We were so glad we did because the first 2 floors of this museum are wonderful, with recreated scenes of Polist peasant life, displays of items and photographs from festivals, fancy dress costumes, brightly coloures miniature puppet theatres and much more. It was fascinating to get a glimpse of Polish folklore. We highly recommend this museum and think it a real shame that it is often overlooked.

Dharma from United Kingdom Reply Nov 28th, 2006

WOW- what an array of interesting items! You really must check this place out. When we went it was full of miserable school children looking at farming machinery- but push past them!! There are some real gems- from terrifying 'Wickerman' style costumed mannequins; to whole rooms set out allowing you to travel back in time (almost). The staff were helpful and two even managed to smile ;) The building is inspiring too, within an amazing historical area. I would have liked a better stocked gift shop to sell some of the amazing country items, but maybe that's just me. Go, before they decide to close it through lack of use.

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