Archaeology Museum

  ul. Senacka 3 ,   Old Town          (+48) 12 422 75 60     11 Apr 2024

*Currently undergoing an extensive renovation, the exhibits on Egypt and Peru, as well the exhibit of the Zbruch Idol, are currently closed until 2026. The exhibit on the prehistory of Małopolska and Poland in the Middle Ages have been renovated and are currently open.

Housed in a handsome former monastery, Kraków's large Archaeological Museum offers several permanent exhibits covering the prehistory of Małopolska, Ancient Egyptian artefacts and Peruvian artefacts. While perhaps not as rich or gripping as some museums of this type, the 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. Free audioguides for permanent exhibitis are available in English.

Archaeological Museum Gardens in Kraków.

In spring and summer the museum's beautiful garden (admission free, open same hours as museum) is as big a draw as the exhibits - a great place to relax with handsome views of Wawel in the distance.

Average visiting time: 90mins.


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Price/Additional Info

Admission for both permanent and temporary exhibitions 15/10zł; 12/8zł for permanent exhibitions. 10/7zł for temporary exhibitions. Tue free for permanent exhibitions (only after prior arrangement).


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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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