Nativity Scene Contest Exhibition

Sunday, December 6, 2020, 2:00 PM - Sunday, February 28, 2021

  • Sunday, December 6, 2020, 2:00 PM - Sunday, February 28, 2021

The Cracovian tradition of making elaborate nativity scenes dates back to the 19th century. As the beautiful custom started falling out of favour during the interwar period, the municipal authorities came to the rescue in by launching the Nativity Scene Contest in 1937. The contest was resumed after the Second World War, with the Museum of Kraków stepping in as the organiser. Today, the custom has reached international acclaim as Poland’s first entry on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2018. Due to the pandemic restrictions, on the first Thursday of December 2020 constructors aren’t able to gather at the Adam Mickiewicz statue on the Rynek Główny and take their nativity scenes to the jury at Celestat, and the competition is held online instead. Let’s enjoy the latest beautiful nativity scenes made by Cracovian constructors at the online exhibition launched by the Museum of Kraków on 7 December – and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that Celestat will be able to open to the public in the coming months! (Dorota Dziunikowska, „Karnet” monthly)

For whom: for children, for seniors, 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 15, concessions 10, family PLN 30

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