Museum of History of Photography

Museum of History of Photography
+48 12 634 59 32
Museum of History of Photography
ul. Józefitów 16

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Editor's review

Cracovians care a lot about photography. Not least because most people you meet here happen to be artists of one kind or another. It comes as little surprise then to find that Cracow has a museum of a photography. That said, sadly, not half as many people do find this place as we imagine would like to do so. Not because the museum is well-hidden, but it's a ten minute stroll from the Planty down Karmelicka. If time's short, jump on tram 4, 8, 13, 24 or 38. This museum is small, but anyone with a soft spot for photography will be charmed by the old photographic contraptions and the one-off exhibitions from the museum's archives. Also look out for less Cracow-centric exhibitions - the museum has held shows of figures such as Eric Lessing, Cecil Beaton and Man Ray, besides many others.

Editor & Krakow Local


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Lou capels
United States

No cameras to show at all

Some modern photographs on one floor

Told nothing else

I am a photographer don't waste your time

Deceptive brochure about what to see

Reply Jun 12th, 2016
Mogens Moerch Moensted

It's a marvelous museum, but it would be of great advantage if they had some translation on their web-pages. I'm looking for the possibilities of joining some of their activities, but its very difficult to get informed.

Reply Dec 12th, 2015
Andy Napier
United Kingdom

This museum should have a higher profile. The permanent exhibition shows you that the Chinese were 'up to something' using magic mirrors more than 2,000 years ago and then it continues right up to the introduction of 35mm cameras. There's even a darkroom to look at.

Reply Jul 20th, 2011

I loved the expo and permanent gallery are worse checking too. Nice atmosphere. It's not int the center so you'll be safe from the tourist crowds…

Reply Aug 18th, 2008

Great atmosphere and place. Nice exhibition about Krakow. You really should go there!!!!

Reply Jul 30th, 2007
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