National Museum

National Museum
+48 12 433 56 00
National Museum
Al. 3 Maja 1

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Editor's review

The main building of the National Museum in Krakow houses three permanent galleries. The “Arms and Uniforms in Poland” gallery presents a selection of arms from the early Middle Ages until World War II. Secondly, in the Gallery of Decorative Arts visitors can admire the collections of textiles, gold-smithery, glass, ceramics, furniture, instruments and Judaica. And in the Gallery of 20th-Century Polish presented is one of the biggest assamblage of Polish art from the last century, until contemporary times: from the works of Olga Boznańska, Jacek Malczewski, Stanisław Wyspiański, though those of Jerzy Nowosielski, Tadeusz Kantor to creations of the youngest generation of artists: Katarzyna Kozyra or Alicja Żebrowska. The Main Building also houses the Library of the National Museum in Krakow, which preserves and makes available a specialist book collection in the field of art history, conservation and museology.

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if you want to see the best and most thought exhibition, go there. There is always something good to see. The building itself worth seeing too.

Reply Dec 17th, 2013
United States

it was amazing the galleries were beutiful and everything was arranged nicley

Reply Nov 18th, 2011

It is awesoma and wonderful! Galleries are interesting! Narrow corridors of the museim help to fell the atmoephere of the past! It's great!

Reply Feb 26th, 2009

Exhbitions were very good. But permanent galleries was deceptive and borring in my point of view.

Reply Aug 18th, 2008
Peter Jenkins
United Kingdom

The quality of exhibitions seems to be improving rapidly. I recently saw the exhibition of contemporary art from a private collection which was a breath of fresh air in the museum. I have also seen a catalogue of the Henry Stazewski exhibition which is on until September this year, and which I certainly plan to visit.

Reply Jul 17th, 2008
United Kingdom

this museum (and the Burgher museum) just along from our hotel, so thought we'd pop in. Only 4zl, but some really interesting socialist/realist stuff to see, and some more forgettable abstracts.

Our abiding memory, though, will be the stasi-like attendants. They positively glowered - even the one who took our money...Was not expecting the 'have a nice day' treatment, but this was something else! Literally following you about as you moved from room to room.

They should lighten up - as someone earlier pointed out, the Kelvingrove in Glasgow shows how it's done.

The Burgher was similarly staffed...and cost 6zl.

Reply Mar 29th, 2008
James Gilmour
United Kingdom

would have been a wonderful experience had it not been for the staff whos customer service skills have not moved on since the communist days.

Many wonderful pieces to see and possibly a great insight into Polish life and history. Just try not to take pictures without a permit as they may interrogate you!

Reply Jan 17th, 2008
anna safra
United States

first I have to say like the other visitors - great museum!for sure it is a testimony for the great potential of the polish people - they know to appreciate life!I wish their taste for good furniture will become a duty in europe!also their exhibition for clothes is great - why wouldn't the world have these polish costumes instead of the dirty jeans...but I have a wish - I prefer the museum before the third floor - that means, the modern show in the last floor was depressing. real depressing.Ain't it time to go back to the pre-war time when every one was a little we just happen to become little workers with our jeans and nude and daily curses.I love the museum without the third floor...

Reply Aug 23rd, 2007
United States

the 20th century polish art exhibit is incredibly beautiful and impressive - it shows the whole range of polish art during the period, all the way up to the very modern. fans of modern art museums should not miss this exhibit!

Reply May 14th, 2007

The museum is a very very very wondeful expirence you shouldnt miss in kraków! When i went to krakow i did dont know about the museum and all that stuff...But when i arrived at the museum..i was impressed! A very cheap tickez....and then......i stayed ijn front of the portrait of Cecilia Gallerani...and was overwhelmed!!! A DAvinci.....A portrait of a woman with my name!!! It was like a spell.....Kraków and me we have a fixation..i know that! You gotta go there too! Greetings CeciliaXXX

Reply Mar 19th, 2007
Tatyana Binovska

Will be you very kind, and send me some information about one picture, that is in collection of your Museum. This is "The red" about Teodor Axentowicz

Reply Feb 11th, 2007
Karen Wilson
United Kingdom

Visited the National Museum 4th August 2006. The 'Fin de Siecle' exhibition of Polish art nouveau posters, clothes, furniture, jewellery etc, was excellent, a revelation. Also,there were some beautiful items in the 'Decorative Arts' section. We had mixed feelings about the 'Pankiewicz' exhibition - liked his earlier, very detailed drawings and his portraits. However, his later works left us thinking that he was struggling to find his own style, perhaps simply copying other artists. The overwhelming impression was of quantity rather than quality (in the later works). The 20th century Polish gallery was interesting- you will be sure to find some things that you like in there, and it was all displayed very well. Every exhibit had a decription in both Polish and English, which was great. Overall, it is well worth a visit. We bought some exhibition posters for 5zl and 10zl,in the gift shop, which was incredibly cheap. There is a nice little coffee shop. One major criticism is that the gallery attendants follow you around and stare in a very disconcerting manner, you will feel that you are being stalked. I hasten to add that we were not behaving in a suspicious way, merely looking at the exhibits (which we had paid to do!). Even in the coffee shop, a girl had obviously been sent to watch us, and pointedly stared in a very ill-mannered way. There were certainly very few people in the gallery- we wondered if they are not really used to visitors - maybe they prefer not to have any? They need to relax and try to be more user-friendly, as it is very off-putting. They should take a lesson from 'Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum' in Glasgow, which is very visitor-friendly and is consequently a busy, popular place.

Reply Aug 6th, 2006
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