Kraków Sightseeing

National Museum, Main Building (Gmach Główny Muzeum Narodowego)

Far from being the shoeless peasants many cynical historians would have us believe, previous generations of Poles have in fact excelled in the arts, and Kraków's National Museum showcases many superb examples of their work. As well as consistently excellent temporary exhibits (for which separate tickets are required, admission varies), the museum also houses fine permanent collections of Polish applied arts and weaponry; unfortunately for the fantastic 20th-century Polish Art exhibition has been closeted to make way for a high-profile exhibit on Stanisław Wyspiański (whose epic monument stands outside the entrance); the largest-ever display of this massively influential artist's work, the exhibit of over 500 pieces includes drawings, paintings, pastels, and even personal effects (admission 20/15zł, family ticket 40zł; includes entry to permanent exhibits). One of the museum's most cherished treasures is Leonardo da Vinci's famous oil painting Lady With an Ermine. Beloved by locals, the painting is displayed in its own separate room, to which visiting is limited to 20 individuals at a time; a special 20/15zł ticket is required (but includes entry to permanent exhibits). One of Kraków's largest museums, you'd be wise to focus on what you're most interested in; to see it all would take the entire day. The museum also houses a small shop and cafe.


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Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon.

Price/Additional Info

Admission for permanent exhibits 10/5zł, family ticket 20zł, kids 7-16 and students under 26 (with valid ID) 1zł, kids under 7 free; Sun free. Admission for all permanent and temporary exhibits (including Wyspianski and Lady with an Ermine) 50/30zł, family ticket 100zł.

Events at this venue

Nov 28 2017 - Jan 20 2019Wyspiański Mar 2 2018 - Jul 22 2018Comics Now! May 19 2017 - May 17 2020Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" Apr 7 2018 - Aug 19 2018The other side of things. Polish design after 1989

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