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Lady with an Ermine Leonardo da Vinci Krakow Czartoryski Museum czartoryski museum
Czartoryski Museum
The exhibition presents nearly 400 works of the main schools of the European easel painting from the Middle Ages to the Classicism. The most famous paintings in the collection are Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci and the Landscape with the Good Samaritan - one of the finest works by Rembrandt.
Adress: Sw Jana 19

Royal Castle Wawel wawel royal castle
Wawel Royal Castle
The medieval Wawel Castle and Cathedral site is one of the greatest in Poland and is an architectural wonder. Located atop Wawel Hill, it is the central symbol of Poland and lies at the heart of its history. It was originally constructed in the 10th century, but later remodeled in the 16th century. The castle contains 71 chambers and some outstanding 16th century tapestries, as well as five different exhibits. Of these exhibits, the most popular are the and Royal Chambers and Royal Private Apartments.You can view some of the royal family’s treasures in these exhibits.
Wawel Cathedral dates back to the 14th century and was the coronation and burial place for Poland’s monarchs. Over 100 kings and queens have been buried here in the Royal Tombs. Within the cathedral, the 16th century Sigismund Chapel is considered one of best Renaissance buildings in Poland, and its bell tower (with its giant bell) offers and excellent view of Krakow. The Cathedral Museum displays exhibits about and treasures from the cathedral.

In the underground of the west wing of the Wawel castle there can be found the mysterious chakra. In order to feel its unusual energy, you don't need to go underground-it is strong enough that you just need to stand in the appropriate place in the courtyard.

Dragon's den
Former home of the legendary Wawel dragon - Smok Wawelski - who lived in a cave on Wawel and favoured a life of dining on sheep and alarming the occasional virgin.
Nowadays a six-legged metal statue of fire-spitting dragon stands outside his supposed former cave; entrance to the cave is next to Thieve's Tower at the southwestern end of Wawel complex.

Plan on at least four hours up here if you want anything more than just a glance over the place.
In the southwestern part of the complex you'll find visitors centre as well as a gift shop, post office and cafe.
Adress: Wawel 5

Wieliczka Salt Mine KrakowApartments4rent wieliczka salt mine
Salt Mine Museum in Wieliczka
The quotation comes from the justification for entering the Wieliczka Salt Mine on UNESCO's First World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage:
"The historic Salt Mine in Wieliczka is the only mining site in the world functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. Lying on nine levels, its original excavations (longitudinals, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as minor and major shafts) stretch for the total of about 300 kilometres: reaching the depth of 327 metres they illustrate all the stages of mining technology development over time."
How to get there:
Wieliczka is 10 km away from Krakow. You can get there by the train fom Main Station ( remember to take the stop Wieliczka-Rynek) or by mini buses every half an hour

Sukiennice - The Cloth Hall KrakowApartments4rent sukiennice- cloth hall
Sukiennice - Cloth Hall
Sukiennice were created in the XIII century. They were a medieval trade center which atracted peddlers from the East and West by selling and buying cloth,salt,spices and amber.
Nowadays Sukiennice are mainlyThe Gallery of the 19th century Polish art (on the first floor).
The exposition aims primarily at clear and chronological presentation of the most important artistic trends in the Polish modern art: Historicism, Romanticism, Symbolism, and Impressionism.
Permanent exhibition: Polish 19th-Century Art Gallery.
Adress: Main Square.
On the inside it houses a host of shops, surrounded by medieval the medieval city coats of arms ,selling vernacular products, swords and amber jewellry. It is probably the best place to look for a souvenir to bring home
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National museum Muzeum Narodowe Krakow national museum - main building
National Museum in Krakow - Main Building
Established in 1879, the National Museum in Krakow is the second largest museum in Poland.The collection of the National Museum includes works of painting, print making, sculpture, arts and crafts, numismatics, as well as old printed books and manuscripts dating from the antiquity to modern times.
Adress: Al. 3 Maja 1

old synagogue
Old Synagogue
This is the oldest synagogue to have survived in Poland. It was built in the15th century in the style of German and Bohemian Gothic synagogues.In 1941, during the period when the Germans were establishing ghetto in Kraków, the synagogue was taken over by German Fiduciary Office (Treuhandstelle), and used as a warehouse.Between 1956 and 1959 the synagogue was reconstructed. Based on an agreement from 30 October 1959 between the Jewish Religious Community in Kraków and Kraków's HistoricalMuseum a museum was established in it: a Branch of Jewish History and Culture.
Adress: Kazimierz, 24 Szeroka Str

galicia jewish museum
Galicia Jewish Museum
The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to celebrate the Jewish culture of Galicia and to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, presenting the Jewish history from a new perspective. The Museum, housed in a renovated former Jewish factory.The main exhibition, Traces of Memory — A Photographic Exhibition in Tribute to the Jews of Galicia, consists of 150 large-format colour photographs depicting what remains today in Poland of the one-time great Jewish culture of Polish Galicia.There is also a small museum shop and a lecture room.
Adress: Kazimierz,Dajwór 18

oscar schindler's factory
Oskar Schindler’s Factory
Oskar Schindler’s Factory The interesting museum items will be complemented by a rich photographic and archival documentation provided by a number of collections, both from Poland and abroad. Film documentaries and radio recordings in which the people of Kraków talk about their war experiences from the period 1939–1945 will also be an important feature of the exhibition.
Adress: 4 Lipowa Str, Zablocie (part of Podgorze district)

mocak - museum of modern art krakow


pharmacy under the eagle


Pharmacy Under the Eagle
When in March of 1941 Germans established a Podgorze ghetto for Kraków's Jews, Pankiewicz's pharmacy was the only one found in its limits, and its proprietor was the only Pole with rights to stay in it. Pharmacy was the place of Jewish intellectuals meetings, scientists and artists that lived in the ghetto. Soon it also started delivering to ghetto residents various resources and medicaments, which were helpful in efforts to avoid deportation.
Adress:18 Bohaterów Getta Square, Podgorze district

Mangha Muzeum manggha
museum of japan art

Manggha - Museum of Japanesse Art
Permanent exhibition: Gallery of Ancient Japanese Art
Adress: Konopnickiej 26

museum of archeology
Museum of Archeology
The collection of the museum includes approximately 500,000 items of historic heritage, their age ranging from the Palaeolithic Period to modern times. The museum is also the home to an exhibition of the art of civilisations from the Mediterranean basin (Egypt,) South America (Peru,) and a numismatic collection.
Adress: Senacka 3

etnographic museum
Etnographic Museum
The permanent museum exhibition “Polish folk ” presents interiors of the rooms of the highlanders from the Tatra Mountains and peasants from the region of Krakow, exhibits related to folk architecture, works of folk craftsmen, folk costumes and jewellery, traditional and modern folk art as well as objects used at various ceremonies.
Adresses: Kazimierz
,Krakowska 46; Plac Wolnica 1
Geologiczne muzeum Krakow Cracow geological museum
Geological Museum
Adress: Senacka 1

historical museum of krakow
Historical Museum of Krakow
The Historical Museum established in 1899 collects works of art, antiquities of material culture, documents and iconographic testimonies related to the history of the city.
Adress: Rynek Główny 35

jozef mehhofer house
The Józef Mehoffer House
The exhibition organised in the former house of the artist active chiefly during the Art Noveau. Museum presents Mehoffer's paintings, prints, designs of stained glass windows, completed stained glass windows, textiles, and furniture.
Adress: Krupnicza 26

stanislaw wyspianski house
The Stanisław Wyspiański Museum in Szołayski House
The exposition presents the collection of personal objects and works of Stanisław Wyspiański - the most versatile and distinguished artist of the Young Poland. The exposition houses easel paintings, cartons for stained glass windows and murals, architectural designs, designs of stage decorations and theatre costumes, furniture, and equipment which once belonged to the artist.
Adress: Szczepańska 11

aviation museum
Aviation Museum
Displayed here are aeroplanes, gliders, helicopters, anti-air missiles, and aircraft engines. The museum runs also an extremely well stocked library and a large photo collection. Some of the aeroplanes gathered here are world unique.The museum is the only place where pre-war Polish military aircraft can be viewed intact.
Adress: Jana Pawła II 39

Muzeum Inzynierii Miejskiej Krakow museum of municipal engineering
Museum of Municipal Engineering
is located in a 100 year old tramway depot at15 Wawrzynca Str.
It has three permanent exhibitions
-the history of Polish motorised transport
-printing industry between 15th and 19th century
-fun with science
Adress:Kazimierz, Sw. Wawrzyńca 15
Stanislaw Lem Garden of Experiences
An open-air education exhibition (which is a part of Museum of Municipal Engineering) covers the area of 6 ha within the Polish Pilots Park in Krakow.
Adress: Al. Pokoju 67     
the museum of history of photography
The Museum of History of Photography
This is the only museum in the country to be entirely dedicated to photography and the art of creating photographs. In addition to a whole range of different types of photographs (stereoscopic photographs and albumen prints, autochromes, ambrotypes, and photographs on glass negatives and celluloid film), the collection also contains a large collection of cameras and photographic studio equipment.
Adress: Jozefitow 16

museum of pharmacy
Museum of Pharmacy
The collections contain antique apothecary jars, mortars of various size and shape, apothecary utensils, medicinal raw materials, memorabilia of eminent pharmacists, postage stamps and envelopes referring to the history of pharmacy, and curiosa pharmaceutica. An eighteenth-century pharmacy has been reconstructed, as well as some other interiors - like an old laboratory, an apothecary cellar with barrels and bottles for medicinal wines, and an apothecary attic for drying and storing herbs.
Adress: Florianska
25
  Galleries
international culture centre
International Cultural Centre
Adress: Rynek Główny 25

starmach gallery
Starmach Gallery
Adress: Podgórze, Wegierska 5
Bunkier Sztuki bunkier sztuki
Bunkier Sztuki
Adress: Pl. Szczepanski 3a
pracownia otwarta

Pracownia Otwarta
Adress: Kazimierz,Dietla 11

Shalom Gallery Krakow szalom gallery
Szalom Gallery
Adress: Kazimierz,Jozefa 16

galerie d'art naif
Galerie d'Art Naif
Adress: Kazimierz, Jozefa 11
 
 
 




































Barbican
The Barbican, one of the finest European monuments of medieval architecture, was built from 1498 to 1499 as an additional protection of St Florian’s Gate.At present the Barbican together with the St Florian’s Gate and the remnants of the city walls belongs to the finest examples of historic European defensive structures.

City Hall Tower
The tower was built as a part of the Town Hall probably at the beginning of the 14th century.
Its walls are decorated with stone laid in the form of pointed arcades and vertical stripes. The tower is topped with a Baroque crown.The room on the ground floor is graced by a collection of craft signs of stonemason masters from 1444 preserved inside: a collection unique both for Poland and Europe. Formerly, the room on the first floor with cross-rib vaulting was a chapel.The third floor offers a magnificent panorama of Krakow.

The Museum of History of Photography
This is the only museum in the country to be entirely dedicated to photography and the art of creating photographs. In addition to a whole range of different types of photographs (stereoscopic photographs and albumen prints, autochromes, ambrotypes, and photographs on glass negatives and celluloid film), the collection also contains a large collection of cameras and photographic studio equipment. 
Adress:
Jozefitow 16

Museum of Pharmacy
The collections contain antique apothecary jars, mortars of various size and shape, apothecary utensils, medicinal raw materials, memorabilia of eminent pharmacists, postage stamps and envelopes referring to the history of pharmacy, and curiosa pharmaceutica. An eighteenth-century pharmacy has been reconstructed, as well as some other interiors - like an old laboratory, an apothecary cellar with barrels and bottles for medicinal wines, and an apothecary attic for drying and storing herbs.