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 20/10zł, family ticket 25zł). 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 20/10zł ticket is required, but it also gets you into the 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.