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Sprawling monumentally at the corner of Szczepanski Sq, the two-floor townhouse named after its last owners, the Szolayski family, has long served as a seat for one of the National Museum. After major renovation works in 2012 the branch was rebranded from Wyspianski Museum to Szolayski House, and the scope of its exhibitions has been expanded. Since then a pre-WWII museum of Felix "Manggha" Jasienski, hosting mostly a collection of this 19th c. artist's painting and Japanese art items he had gathered in his lifetime, changed a lot.
The branch is now a genuine hub of Art Nouveau art, with a robust collection of various art items of the period, mostly Krakow-made. Also, the branch hosts various lectures, concerts, performances and workshops. Also, after a feast for the soul a treat or two in a downstairs cafe is surely not such a bad idea after all.
Editor & Krakow Local