The Stained Glass Museum
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In the Stained Glass Museum exhibition spaces are blended with the old stained glass workshop, functioning since 1902. Visitors can observe the process of creating stained glass, unchanged for centuries. The museum's seat is a building adjusted to the needs of the oldest Polish stained glass workshop. Its structure has also been unchanged, with every chamber having its own function in a production process. The “live museum’s” visiting trail runs through the house interiors that preserved its original character with the unique furnishing and workshop equipment. Exhibition spaces contain both: contemporary and historical stained glass artworks, as well as stained glass projects, including those made by the most renowned artists of the Polish Art Nouveau period: Jozef Mehoffer, Wojciech Jastrzebowski, Karol Frycz or Stefan Matejko (the nephew of the famous Polish painter, Jan), the long-term artistic director of the workshop in the early 20th century. Visitors can also admire stained glass that is currently “work in progress” and is presented on glass easels. Those most lucky ones can witness stained glass masters at work. Individual tourists are welcomed from Tuesday to Saturday from 12 AM to 6:00 PM: guided tours in English run every hour (the last tour at 6:00 PM). Group tourists (min 5 people) can arrange an exclusive sightseeing also in: English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Book via the website stainedglass.pl or e-mail:email@example.com
Editor & Krakow Local
interesting and inspiring!
Something different and well worth a visit.
You can't miss this place during your visit in Kraków. It's not a typical museum where you can see just masterpieces. The stained glass workshop is still working which gives you an amazing opportunity to speak with the artist and to see the process of making stained glass windows. Moreover, every tour is guided (almost in every language!) so don't hesitate to visit that place!
Absolutely wonderful! This place really brings you back to the Art Nouveau epoch with its magic atmosphere. Interesting the stained glass windows, but even more the workshop itself, where the masters were working while I visited. Just remember to check the opening hours if you are not planning to visit with a group.
I visited last weekend with my parents. It was wonderful! It appeared that our guide (at the English tour) was actaully Italian, which turned out very helpful, as my parents speak very little English. Very special place, not only for stained glass lovers and an interesting way of spending an hour before lunch to learn so much about stained glass making and the history of Polish Art Nouveau. Alltogether we had a lot of fun and also a really good (Italian tasting) coffee!
Among Krakow's niche things to do this museum is a perfect option. The place is full of art but also history plus really great gallery with original pieces from early XX century. Really nice guides are telling the story, but need to check the hours of guided tour first.
The place is an absolute magic! You can actually watch the process of stained glass creation, as the museum is mixed up with the still functioning workshop where craftsmen make some pre-ordered projects. Visiting is only in guided tours so make sure to book. Fantastic for stained glass hobbiest and all artistic souls!