Kraków Nativity Scene Contest Exhibition

Monday, December 9, 2019 - Sunday, February 23, 2020

  • Monday, December 9, 2019 - Sunday, February 23, 2020

The exhibition at Celestat presents all the works submitted to the 77th Kraków Nativity Scene Contest.

On Thursday 5 December, participants in the 77th Kraków Nativity Scene Contest gathered at 10am at the Adam Mickiewicz statue to present intricate, dazzling constructions inspired by Cracovian architecture. After the midday hejnał bugle call, the colourful pageant strolled to Celestat where the jury assessed their works in a range of categories including age of artist and size. Points are awarded depending on references to tradition, as well as innovation, colours, architecture and figurines, and of course the overall impression.

On Sunday 8 December, the director of the Museum of Krakow, organiser of the competition, announced the winners and opened the contest exhibition held under the honorary patronage of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO.

The beautiful tradition, dating back to the 19th century, has been passed down generations and the nativity scene pageant goes on!

For whom: for children, for families


ul. Lubicz 16

This is where you can learn the true history of the Silver Fowl, allegedly presented by no one else but King Sigismund Augustus himself to the Kraków Sharpshooters’ Association in 1565.

The symbol and most precious treasure of the Sharpshooters’ Association, incorporated in Kraków in the 13th century to defend the city against its enemies, is the Silver Fowl. Legend holds that it was a present from none other than King Sigismund Augustus himself. The truth can be learned from the exhibition in Celestat presenting the history of the Kraków Sharpshooters’ Association and the city’s defences in the former seat of the brotherhood, where many a distinguished guest has been entertained, notably the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph I, and where the most precious mementoes of the sharpshooters’ traditions have been collected.

Tickets: regular 8, concessions 6, family PLN 16, admission free on Tuesday

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