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TOP 5 MUSEUMS

In a city brimming with cultural gems, Krakow's museum scene is a tapestry too vast to explore in a single visit. The abundance of historical treasures and artistic wonders can be overwhelming, leaving you wondering where to start. Fear not, as we've curated the ultimate guide to help you navigate the museum maze. Join us on a journey through Krakow's top 5 must-visit museums, ensuring you make the most of your time and leave with memories that linger long after you've left these cultural havens.

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01. RYNEK UNDERGROUND MUSEUM

The Main Market Square Underground Museum is a fascinating archaeological site revealing layers of the city's past. Cutting-edge exhibits bring centuries of history to life, providing a captivating journey through Krakow's evolution. As you wander through the dimly lit corridors, you'll encounter meticulously recreated scenes of medieval market life, complete with the sights and sounds of a bygone era. The immersive exhibits transport you back in time, allowing a glimpse into the daily lives of Krakow's medieval inhabitants. Archaeological finds take center stage, revealing layers of history preserved in the earth. From medieval artifacts to remnants of Renaissance architecture, each discovery tells a story of the city's rich and diverse heritage. The exhibition skillfully blends technology and tradition, employing interactive displays and multimedia installations to enhance the visitor experience.

Address: Rynek Główny 1, 31-042 Krakow

Official Website: https://muzeumkrakowa.pl/en/branches/rynek-underground

Available with the KrakowCard.

You can also book a guided tour at GetYourGuide.

02. CZARTORYSKI MUSEUM

The Princes Czartoryski Museum (Lady with Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci) - often abbreviated to Czartoryski Museum – stands as a historic institution, ranking among the country's oldest museums. Its origins trace back to 1796 when Princess Izabela Czartoryska formed the initial collection in Puławy. The museum officially opened its doors in 1878, marking a significant chapter in Poland's cultural heritage. Home to masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" portrait, supposedly painted by the Italian Renaissance artist between 1489 and 1491. This cultural gem houses an exquisite collection that spans centuries, showcasing the richness of European art.

Address: Pijarska 15, 31-015 Krakow, Poland

Official Website: https://mnk.pl/branch/mnk-czartoryski-museum 

Available with the KrakowCard.

You can also book a guided tour at GetYourGuide.

Popular attraction - requires prior reservation.

Closed on Monday.

Tuesday is the day of free entry to permanent exhibition.

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Schindler's Factory

03. OSKAR SCHINDLER'S FACTORY

Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory in Krakow stands as a poignant testament to human resilience during the darkest days of World War II. The museum, located in the former enamelware factory owned by German industrialist Oscar Schindler, vividly recounts the story of the Holocaust. Visitors can explore meticulously recreated exhibits that depict the harsh reality faced by Jews in Krakow during the Nazi occupation. Oscar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives by employing them in his factory. The museum delves into Schindler's life and the moral complexities surrounding his actions, offering a nuanced perspective on his legacy. Artifacts, testimonies, and multimedia displays contribute to a powerful and moving experience, ensuring that the lessons from this somber chapter of history are not forgotten.

Address: Lipowa 4, 30-702 Krakow, Poland

Official Website: https://muzeumkrakowa.pl/en/branches/oskar-schindlers-enamel-factory

Available with the KrakowCard.

You can also book a guided tour at GetYourGuide.

Popular attraction - requires prior reservation.

04. POLISH AVIATION MUSEUM

Polish Aviation Museum - Situated within the premises of the former airport, the Polish Aviation Museum welcomed its first visitors in 1964. The Museum houses an extensive array of aircraft and engines, offering a fascinating journey through the evolution of aviation since its inception. The exhibitions showcase the development of aviation, presenting real gems such as gliders, anti-aircraft weaponry, and aircraft from significant periods like World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Today, it stands as one of the world's largest aircraft museums, showcasing a vast and impressive collection of aviation history. Ranked among the finest museums of its kind globally, the Polish Aviation Museum is a captivating destination for aviation enthusiasts.

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Address: al. Jana Pawła II 39, 31-864 Krakow, Poland

Official Website: https://muzeumlotnictwa.pl/muzeum/pl/

Available with the KrakowCard.

You can also book a guided tour at GetYourGuide.

Closed on Monday.

Free entrance: Tuesday.

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ARCADE Museum, Krakow

05. ARCADE MUSEUM

Arcade Museum - A private collection which features more than 150 arcade games and pinball machines. This interactive museum showcases the evolution of entertainment history, with its oldest table game dating back to 1936. While it offers a glimpse into various eras, the main spotlight shines on beloved classics from the 80s and 90s. Visitors can't overlook iconic titles like Pac Man, Galaga, Mortal Kombat, and an array of driving and shooting games. This experience caters to both kids and adults, making it an ideal choice for a rainy day. Step into this nostalgic time machine and relive the joyous memories of your childhood.

Address: Centralna 41a, 31-586 Krakow, Poland

Official Website: http://www.krakowarcademuseum.com/

You may get your ticket at GetYourGuide.

KRAKOW CARD

We recommend considering the purchase of a Krakow Card before your arrival in Krakow. With a 1-, 2-, or 3-day card, you can easily access 40 museums and explore the city at your own pace. You have the option to choose between a City Card with or without public transportation. It's important to note that the Krakow City Pass - Museums and Transport (1, 2, or 3 days) allows you unlimited use of public transport, (including buses and trams), throughout the day and night. This ensures that with the Krakow Card, you can take a bus to Wieliczka or travel to the airport. Access all the necessary information by clicking HERE and determine whether any of the options suit your needs.

Krakow Card

The Krakow Card serves as a comprehensive tourist city pass, granting hassle-free access to key attractions in Krakow. It provides complimentary admission to 40 museums, free entry to Schindler's Factory, and unlimited use of the city’s public transport system. The complete list of attractions and museums accessible with the city pass is available on the official.

Please be advised that Schindler's Factory, Krakow's underground museum, Sukiennice Gallery, and The Czartoryski Museum are very popular attractions. Facilities may deny you access to their property without prior booking via phone or website. To avoid unpleasant disappointment and ensure guaranteed entry at a specific time, it's essential to make a reservation. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your Krakow experience and book your Krakow Card now.

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