The Krzysztofory Palace

Rynek Główny 35


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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… The Cyberteka is a permanent exhibition in the mansion, and it uses digital visualisations and mock-ups to show how Kraków expanded and developed from the days before its Great City Charter of 1257 to 1909–15, when the city suddenly expanded its bounds by incorporating neighbouring communes. After that trip into the depths of history, we will take a different look at the Main Market Square, spreading its vast expanse on the other side of the windows, but also at the city centre, and the districts of Kleparz and Kazimierz. 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: normal PLN 12, concessions PLN 8, family PLN 24, admission free on Friday

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