Jagiellonian University Museum Collegium Maius

Jagiellonian University Museum Collegium Maius

Jagiellonian University Museum Collegium Maius
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Architectural BuildingsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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First founded in 1364, this integral part of Krakow life has many distinguished alumni including distinguished Polish intellectuals, political leaders and well-known international figures like Nicolaus Copernicus and Pope John Paul II. The Collegium Maius is the oldest surviving building of the university.
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,696 contributions
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Apr 2016 • Solo
Architecture, artefacts, and ambience! The Collegium Maius has them all.

The beautiful Collegium Maius, with a history dating back to the year 1400, is one of my favourite places on the planet!

The small, inner courtyard, alone, is a treat for the eyes: vaulted arcades, a central 16th-century well, and red brick walls. And, in one corner, there's a tiny garden with a young tree just sprouting its first leaves of Spring.

There's a special clock over the museum entrance. At 9 a.m. daily, the clock doors open and display a row of moving figures. These figures represent people connected with the history of the university, and they move to tune of various melodies.

There's a 'wraparound' porch accessible by either of two staircases leading up to it - and to the museum - from the courtyard.

The museum entrance is under the huge clock. Visits to the museum are by guided tour only, and I must have really lucked out with the great guide I had. (Never caught her name, but a real charmer with tons of information about every aspect of the complex.)

Within the museum - a library, a common room, a treasury, and an assembly room. Some of the displays are in different textures and with Braille notes, for those who are visually impaired.

The treasury holds artefacts that include the instruments that Copernicus used when he was a student here. Great art and lush furnishings are also on display.

Special academic events still take place in the assembly room. There's a huge portrait in the assembly room of Pope John Paul II, one of the university's most illustrious graduates.

What many visitors may not realise is that although the museum is closed on Sundays, the courtyard is not!

In fact, one of my many return visits to this beautiful complex was on a Sunday shortly after 8:30 a.m. I had the entire courtyard to myself in which to just sit back and soak up the surroundings. At 9:00 a.m., I even had the 'clock show' all to myself!

The museum requires a guided tour (included in the price of admission), whereas the courtyard does not. Check the Collegium Maius website for additional information.

This is a great place for anyone who has a real appreciation of art, architecture, or history!
Written April 24, 2016
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ken j
Manalapan, NJ931 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Couples
Take the tour of the museum. The long English tour (much better than the short) is at 1 every day. This is not to be missed for anyone with any interest in science and history (my wife is a science teacher). You have to book a tour with a guide, who leads you through amazing preserved rooms full of medieval things. It has artifacts from Copernicus and the first globe with America on it, as well as paintings from masters. An incredible collection dating from 1400.
Written July 29, 2014
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Brett W
Anchorage, AK34 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Couples
First of all it is hard to find this place as there is really nothing announcing it. Then you go in the courtyard and try to find the place to buy tickets (all the signs pointed the wrong way when we visited! The ticket counter is directly across the courtyard). But the real trick is to know to show up as close to 10 am when they open and buy tickets for the 1 pm tour. This tour is twice as long as the normal tour and takes you through the scientific halls of the museum. Only 15 tickets are sold for this tour as opposed to the 45 or so crammed into the short tour. Seeing all of the fascinating relicts so up close and personal is a rare treat and you really feel privileged to participate in the experience. Truly a hidden gem for the patient and determined traveler.
Written October 26, 2013
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CalBristol
Weston super Mare, UK2,148 contributions
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Dec 2011
The short tour takes you around the historic and beautiful rooms of the university showing you the Library, Dining Room, Treasury and one of the original Lecture Halls. The guide (presumably a student) was knowledgeable and had a sense of humour! The collection of artefacts (including instruments used by Copernicus) are very interesting. You are only allowed to go around the University on a guided tour and you need to purchase your ticket in advance from the ticket office just to the left of the main entrance; the tour is on the first floor and there are stairs to climb to start the tour.
Written December 18, 2011
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fsage
Oregon USA11 contributions
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The old university is one site that brings the longevity of Polish culture and intellectual history to the forefront. The West has forgotten what a considerable European power Poland used to be, before the Tsar of Russia, the Russian revolutionary communists, the Nazis and the Soviets laid claim over most of 100 years in recent history, treating Poles as, at best, second-class citizens until nearly 1990. This site can help us take a broader, longer view and see the culture beneath our stereoptype. You'll learn that this university was originally funded by a late-medieval queen in the Jaggelonia family, from her own wealth. It is the university where Copernicus first studied. It's not easy to find; it's on a narrow street in the old town, with a tiny sign, but it's worth the search. Even sitting in the inner courtyard brings a sense of Polish history. But I decided to return to take the tour on the last morning of my short visit to Krakow, and it's the place there that most stays in my mind. FS
Written November 21, 2009
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midway42
Georgia3,116 contributions
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The entrance to Collegium Maius is a bit tricky to find. It is located just off Jagiellonska Street and easy to walk past if you’re not looking for it. Once inside, the ticket office/souvenir store is located on your left just before the entrance to the courtyard.

The courtyard is impressive unto itself and I believe open at all times. Entry to the Main Collection of is by guided tour only. I arrived a little after 10:00 with an English tour following at 11:20. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Inside is a virtual treasure trove of artifacts centered (pun intended) around astronomy and, obviously, Nicolas Copernicus who evidently studied here from 1491 to 1495. A brass Arabian astrolabe from 1054 (!) along with the first globe to show the new continent of America (next to… Madagascar) from 1510 are some of several highlights.

And don’t miss the hourly chimes of the courtyard clock as little figurines associated with the University stroll past!

This is a great way to spend a couple hours, highly recommended.
Written September 27, 2009
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1066girl
Bristol, UK585 contributions
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I visited Collegium Maius back in July 2007 after being told by a friend that it was worth a visit. I got the sense that it wasn't a site on the normal tourist map.
I took a English tour, but it wasn't obvious where we had to go for the tour.
The tour guide was so knowledgable. He described the place in such detail and presented it all in such an interesting way and he could answer any questions that were posed.
We were taken through a series of rooms which were all beautifully decorated and full of artifacts. This place is very interesting and one of my favourite things I saw in Krakow.
Written June 8, 2009
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TurnipTownsend
Stockport, UK496 contributions
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Nov 2019 • Couples
1364 foundation of the university
1400 restoration & opening of the Collegium Maui’s
1491 start of Nicolas Kopernik studies
1777 language of teaching changed to polish
1883 liquefaction of oxygen & nitrogen discovery
1993 professors arrested by Nazis
1964 opening of the Uni museum
2002 opening of the third Uni campus
2010 opening of the professors garden.
Reservations in advance:0044126631521
Guided tours in English:mon-fri 13.00
This is one of the most amazing places to visit in Cracow. I have been here many times & not been aware of it!!!
You walk through a door on Jagiellonska 15 & into the courtyard. There are tickets in the reservations but as they have functions, prestigious events etc you might not be able to get in so book in advance. For OAP there is a discount: Ulgowy bilet.
It is like a time capsule: scientific displays, furniture, paintings, incredible library & the old lecture theatre... brilliant!
Written November 27, 2019
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TrailBlazer562978
33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
The unique seclusion of scholarly lives was brought alive on a tour through this oasis-like small museum. It is the old residence, refectory and library of Jagiellonian academics. Until well into the 19th century, they were like monks: not allowed to marry, dining together, their leisure mostly in male company. Many little odities that I had not seen elsewhere eg the pipe smokers table. The entry fee is modest and the English-speaking guide excellent..
Written July 6, 2019
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Portland_Holiday
Berkshire, UK133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
We visited on a Saturday morning when entry was free so no guide but well worth seeing the old scientific instruments associated with Copernicus and the various rooms such as the Library, Treasury and old Lecture Theatre. This is the oldest university building in Poland dating back to the 15thC.
In the courtyard (always free entry) is a clock which every two hours on the odd hours plays music (Brahms Academic Festival Overture) as a procession of figures rotates under the clock. Well worth seeing even if you do not visit the meseum.
Written May 7, 2019
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