Krakow

Ethnographic Museum

  Pl. Wolnica 1 ,   Kazimierz          (+48) 12 430 60 23     15 Oct 2021

Founded in 1911 by the teacher and folklore enthusiast Seweryn Udziela (1857-1937) and located inside Kazimierz’s former Town Hall, this old school museum features some modern exhibits mixed in with some stuffy ones for a bit of a mixed bag. The groud floor is a bit like an indoor skansen, with recreations of 19th-century peasant interiors alongside some impressively crafted scale models. The upstairs offers insight into Polish folk culture and rural traditions via folk costumes, farming techniques, musical instruments, holiday customs, toys and more - the highlight of which is a giant bear sculpture that's actually an apiary. Above that is a small exhibit of folk art called 'Unattainable Earth' after the Czesław Miłosz of the same name. Exhibits are well-explained in English and all told it only takes about 90-120mins to visit, despite being three floors. Your enjoyment may well depend upon your familiarity with the subjects covered; foreigners for whom this is an introduction to things like szopki, pisanki (painted Easter eggs) and floral interiors - all under one roof - will likely be fascinated and delighted. Locals like ourselves, however, may feel like many of these topics are better and more colourfully covered elsewhere. 

Dom Esterki - a separate gallery for changing temporary exhibits - can also be found nearby at ul. Krakowska 46, and your ticket is good for both branches and valid until the end of the year.

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Open 10:00-19:00. Closed Mon.

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Admission 15/8zł, Sun free.

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