Krakow sightseeing – the best museums to visit during your vacation

There are many popular Krakow attractions for you to see on your vacation to this beautiful city; however, do not dismiss the wonderful museums within the city.  The museums house some of the most interesting historical and artistic within the country.  Each museum has a unique theme that provides visitors a great understanding and appreciation of Krakow Poland.

History Museum – The History Museum was opened in 1899 and chronicles the city’s history of trade, culture and politics from 1257 through 1939.  It provides a fascinating accounting of daily life within the city.

Hipolit House – The home was built at the beginning of the 17th century and inhabited by the Hipolit family.  The home represents how a typical Polish bourgeois family would have lived during this time. It has been restored to show how they would have lived between the 17th and 20th centuries.  It is an interesting look into the lives of the bourgeois during this time.

National Museum of Art – This museum houses some of the finest examples of Polish art in the country. On exhibit are works by Witkacy, Kantor and Wyspiański.  Enjoy the exhibits before settling in for a snack at the TriBeCa Café.

Bishop Erazm Ciolek PalaceWho could resist visiting a palace?  This 14th century palace has two exhibits worth viewing – the Orthodox Art of the Old Polish Republic and the Art of Old Poland from the 12th to 18th Centuries.  Both collections consist of sacral art with most being taken directly from churches in and around Krakow.

Town Hall TowerThe only part of the old Town Hall remaining, the Town Hall Tower is a great place to visit.  Guests climb up through the tower where they enjoy Gothic vaulted rooms and photographs depicting Krakow during the 1960s.  From the terrace at the top, guests have an excellent view of the Rynek.  Next to the tower is a metal model of the old Town Hall from the 18th century.

Ulica Pomorska – This museum depicts some of the darkest moments in Polish history when it was occupied and dominated by foreign armies or governments.  The exhibits show the cruelty and injustices suffered by the people of Krakow. Tour the former Gestapo Cells where political prisoners were housed during this time.  You can see writings and carved inscriptions chronicling their tragic and often brutal treatment.

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