Vistula Re-Creation

Thursday, April 14, 2022 - Sunday, October 30, 2022

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 - Sunday, October 30, 2022

The exhibition prepared by the Museum of Krakow and partners, launches a wide-ranging discussion about the current role of the Vistula in our daily lives.

The starting point of the debate on the contemporary role played by the river – which is mainly recreational – is supported by a wide range of historical references. The exhibition recalls the Vistula’s major function as a transport route, and the importance of raftsmen from villages surrounding Kraków. The organisers are also stressing the importance of environmental protection. “The exhibition presents different perspectives, fosters discussion and gives voice to a range of different speakers,” explains curator Mateusz Niemiec. Many accompanying events will be held at locations other than the museum, for example on barges on the river. 

For whom: for children, for seniors, for families
Other: acceptable for people with disabilities

The Krzysztofory Palace

Rynek Główny 35

Here you can see how Kraków has changed over the centuries, and in winter also marvel at the fabulously colourful Kraków nativity scenes.

The impressive historical mansion (called “palace”) standing on the corner of the Main Market Square is the main seat of the Museum of Krakow, which boasts several other branches. One of its highlights is the beautiful arcaded loggia of the courtyard, while the stately interiors have retained baroque stuccowork from the 18th century, and 18th-and 19th-century murals. Legend has it that the cellars and dungeons of the mansion reach as far as below St Mary’s Church, and the premises are likewise said to have housed a secret alchemist’s laboratory. Some say that even today you can meet a devil here who assumes the guise of a rooster to tempt rogues into his underground realm with a promise of discovering treasure…

Also held in the mansion are temporary exhibitions. Every December, the museum organises a competition on the Main Market Square of the famous Kraków nativity scenes. These are based on city’s most iconic architectural heritage, whether entire edifices or just details, on the Main Market Square. Later, the post-competition presentation of these fabulously colourful miniature wonders of architecture can be admired at the Krzysztofory.

Tickets to permanent exhibition PLN 28/24, family PLN 56, group members PLN 24/22

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