Located in a 19th century neo-Renaissance palace in the very centre of Kraków, this branch of the Kraków National Museum houses a comprehensive collection of Polish 'numismatics' - that is, antique Polish coins, banknotes and medals. The collection of Emeryk Hutten-Czapski, who once owned the place, also includes old books, manuscripts, maps and other national memorabilia from the medieval period to today. The displays are gorgeous and additional info (in Polish and English) about each artefact is conveyed via touchscreen computers. Guarded by a fantastic gargoyle out front, the palace and gardens have been stunningly restored, and April 2016 saw the opening of the Józef Czapski Pavilion - separate modern exhibition hall behind the main palace, and home to a biographical exhibit about Józef Czapski (artist, author, patriot and grandson of Emeryk), plus temporary exhibits. Your ticket is good for both, but despite the world-class displays, this one should probably be reserved for die hard Polish patriots with a fascination for coin collecting. Is that you?
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Open 09:00 - 16:00. Fri, Sun 10:00 - 16:00, Sat 09:00 - 18:00, Closed Mon.