Archaeology Museum

  ul. Senacka 3 ,   Old Town          (+48) 12 422 75 60     05 Jul 2021

*Closed for renovations until August 31, only the garden is open daily 09:00-15:00 (admission free).*
Housed in a handsome former monastery, Kraków's large Archaeological Museum offers several permanent exhibits covering the prehistory of Małopolska, Ancient Egyptian artefacts, Peruvian artefacts and the building's own history. While perhaps not as rich or gripping as some museums of this type, the modern exhibits are well-presented and there is enough to hold your interest, from intricately decorated sarcophagi and mummified cats to an amusing gallery of 'ancestors' - mannequins of locals through the ages whose facial expressions have actually been created using techniques from forensic science. Part of the same exhibit, the museum's big claim to fame is the Zbruch Idol - the only sculpture of a Slavic god in existence anywhere. Also keep an eye on their strong temporary exhibits. In spring and summer the museum's beautiful garden (open 09:00-15:00, admission free) is as big a draw as the exhibits - a great place to relax with handsome views of Wawel in the distance.

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Admission 10/6zł. Sun free for permanent exhibitions.


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The garden is nice...but it could also be a whole lot nicer. We paid 2 zloty each to go in thinking we would have a picnic there, read and relax...but there aren't any benches. There are some random communist-era sculptures around the place, but nothing special or unique. We were really disappointed that there were no benches and we just ended up walking around for a few minutes and leaving. What do they charge for?
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