Museum Gallery of the 19th Century Polish Art

Museum Gallery of the 19th Century Polish Art

Museum Gallery of the 19th Century Polish Art
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,673 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
Located on second floor of Krakow's Cloth Hall, right in the centre of the Main Market Square, is the Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art.

This gallery is definitely on par with the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the National Gallery in London, and, in some respects, is even better! On a scale of 1-5, the Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art deserves a 6!

It is a relatively small gallery, with just four large viewing halls, but very nicely set out and very conducive to contemplation of all the beautiful artworks exhibited.

The paintings on exhibit reflect not only historical events in Poland but also different schools of painting, e.g., Realism, Impressionism, ....

There is also a marvellous exhibit of sculptures - in plaster, in bronze, in marble and even in stone.

I was so fascinated by this gallery that I returned twice in less than a week - and, will undoubtedly return again in the coming weeks!

Very difficult to pick out 'favourites' in this gallery, but the two portraits that resonated most with me were ....

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Death of an Orphan 1884
by Stanisław Grocholski (1858-1932)

The poignancy of this piece is almost palpable. This painting so beautifully reflects the fleeting and transitory nature of human hopes, dreams, aspirations and even life itself.

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Stanisław Oświęcim at the Body of Anna Oświęcim
1888
by Stanisław Wojciech Bergman (1862-1930)

This portrait really appeals to the romantic in me.

The story associated with this portrait has many versions and many variations.

According to the most popular version, Stanisław, courtier of King Władysław IV Vasa, after returning from his diplomatic missions, fell deeply in love with his younger sister, Anna. He went to Rome in order to obtain dispensation from the Pope to marry Anna. When he returned he found his sister had died.

Various versions say that Anna
- was poisoned by Stanisław's mother
- was murdered by a rejected suitor
- died while anxiously waiting for the return of her brother
- died from excitement at the news that the Pope had blessed their relationship.
In fact, she died from either tuberculosis or typhoid.

Stanisław gave orders he should be buried next to Anna in the crypt beneath the Oświęcim Chapel. Anna and Stanisław's coffins stand next to each other. So that he could see his beloved sister after death, he asked for a small glazed window to be added to his coffin.

Numerous literary, artistic, musical and film works have been based on the romantic love between Stanisław and his sister Anna.

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All the other paintings in the gallery also tell a story either about professional portrait painters of the day or about historical events.

General Information

Entrance:
East side of Cloth Hall, very close to middle passage of the Cloth Hall's 'cross' entrance halls (the shorter east-west axis, not the longer north-south axis). Ground level.

Tickets:
Can be bought at entrance to gallery.
Senior discounts available.

Opening hours:
Monday - closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Roof terrace available every day.

Lovely cafe on 1st floor, with seating available either inside or outside on the terrace overlooking Main Market Square.

Washrooms available on 1st floor (in the cafe above the ground level entrance).

Elevator available.

Small gift shop on ground level, next to where tickets are purchased.

Cloakroom for backpacks/rainwear/large bags, etc., available in basement.

By far, my favourite gallery anywhere!
Written April 15, 2016
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Lyn D
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia282 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
My visit to this museum was by coincidence. Was on my way out of the Cloth Hall Market when I spotted the entrance. Free entry on Sundays. Close by 4pm. If you wanted to rent an audio guide, it’s costs 5-7 zloty (sorry, can’t remember).

Exhibitions are on the 2nd floor and divided into 4 rooms. Each room displays paintings and sculptures from different periods.

Was surprised by some larger than life artworks. Amazing. Did not know any of the painters before entering this exhibition, will definitely look them up after.
Written September 1, 2019
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jane m
Bainbridge Island, WA66 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Housed upstairs in the cloth hall, the museum houses many interesting works of art. Stop for a beer in the second floor Cafe and watch the activities below in the market square.
Written May 8, 2017
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pipandclaire
Limerick, Ireland5 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
The gallery above the cloth market is quite beautiful in the paintings it possesses however I found the staff immensely rude, ignorant and uninterested in visitors. Security barked at us about bringing in heavy coats though nothing was said at the front desk! It really ruined the gallery for me. To the front desk sniggering at us in polish to the cloak room assistant not looking up from her phone for a full four minutes, there's a serious problem with staff at this establishment.
Written October 9, 2016
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Izabela B
Milton Keynes, UK183 contributions
Great museum, a really must see. If you are into seeing everything properly, I would recommend at least three hours for the visit, as there is really a lot to see. The entrance costs 20zl for an adult, although if you register online in advance on their website for a visit on a Tuesday, your visit will be free of charge. Recommended for tourists and locals alike.
Written January 3, 2015
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ls_dib
Berlin, Germany105 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
Wonderful city full of history, beautiful sights and great cheap food. Highly recommend it to anyone, especially people interested in Jewish heritage.
Written January 19, 2014
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mutleyland
essex11 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
Definitely worth a visit, you book a time to visit from the travel centre in the square so it doesn't get too crowded.. And it's free!
Written December 27, 2013
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Ste M
Burnham, UK2,811 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
This small museum of Polish Art is located on the second floor above the Cloth Hall in Krakow Old Town Market Square. There are three rooms to view the impressive artworks before heading to the cafe on the floor below with an open air balcony overlooking the Basilica. 20 PLN entry (15 PLN for children) or 50 PLN for a family ticket. Worth a visit !
Written November 2, 2019
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Chooster68
New York17 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a nice museum on the second floor of the Cloth Hall. Only four rooms but full of some great works and a good way to spend an hour or so. Very spacious and not very crowded when I was there. Rick Steves’ guidebook has an excellent section describing the major works in this museum, otherwise you can rent an audioguide.

When you leave the museum take the stairs on the right which will give you access to the balcony and a bird’s eye view of the square and St. Mary’s Church. A great place to take photos or just relax.
Written October 1, 2019
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CJTravelerTexas
Texas9,003 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
We are extremely happy that we made the decision to visit the Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art at Sukiennice (Galeria Sztuki Polskiej XIX wieku w Sukiennicach), a division of the National Museum, Kraków. The Gallery, which opened at 9:00 AM on the day of our visit, is housed on the upper floor of the Renaissance Sukiennice Cloth Hall in the center of the Main Market Square in the Old Town of Kraków. Founded in October 1879, the Gallery holds the largest permanent exhibit of the 19th century Polish painting and sculpture, in four large rooms. The majority of the collection at Sukiennice are the result of gifts from collectors, artists, and their families. This is an exceptionally well done museum in terms of layout, presentation, and management. Photographs are permitted.
Written May 23, 2019
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