Despite its ongoing functions as an academic institution, the main university building is open to tourists who troop in and out primarily to take photos of Aula Leopoldina, the grand Baroque ceremonial hall. Two tickets are available, giving you access to 3 or 4 university rooms, and all of the rooms are now equipped with free audioguides in English, Polish, German, Russian, Czech, Spanish, and Italian. We recommend you splash out for all four to avoid any later confusion and consternation.
The first of the University Museum's two main highlights is undoubtedly Aula Leopoldina. In true Baroque style, the ceremonial hall is a virtual explosion of cherubs and swag. The painting on the ceiling depicts the apotheosis of God's wisdom - reflecting the religious and academic mission of this room and the Jesuits. The portraits ringing the walls depict the founding fathers of the University. Some years ago four of them were stolen and two have yet to be returned. Winding upstairs past the odd exhibition and a line in the floor demarcating the 51st parallel - which runs right through the building - your visit to the museum ends on the terrace of the university's 'Mathematical Tower' which affords great photo opportunities and panoramic views of the Old Town and Odra River.
Open 10:00-16:00. Closed Wed.
During lectures and certain special events the Aula Leopoldina is closed to visitors.