The Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace - National Museum in Krakow

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The Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace - National Museum in Krakow

The Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace - National Museum in Krakow
4.5
Art Galleries • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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genibre69
London, UK3,100 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
If you love medieval art as much as I do, this is definitely worth your time. Some very beautiful pieces and photography is allowed. Translations in English throughout but unfortunately not broader explanations to give the art some context. An exhibition in the basement unfortunately had no English explanations so had no idea what I was looking at. I was one of the handful of people in the museum that Sunday. A slightly annoying thing as someone else mentioned are staff following you around from room to room but that’s also something I’m used to in museums in formerly communist countries.
Written October 17, 2020
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Olaph528
Dundee, UK16 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
The artwork is very beautiful. The staff member at reception was very nice but the staff throughout the building were somewhat rude and lacked knowledge on the pieces.
Written January 10, 2019
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Amanda W
Oxford, England1,015 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Absolutely wonderful museum. Difficult to find – no notice outside and I just took the chance of pushing a door open after looking at a picture of the building online. The best religious painting museum I have been to. Bonus is you can take photos (without flash). At times you are followed around by the guards but don’t let this put you off. I practically had the place to myself. There was so much to look at I concentrated on nativity scenes as it was just before Christmas. Would go back here if in Krakow again. On the ceilings are wooden ceilings taken from churches. Wasn’t very keen on the orthodox section. Cloakroom.
Written December 24, 2018
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Chris S
Englefield Green, UK249 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
Not only is the art on the ground floor and first floor excellent, but it s beautifully presented, with lighting and explanations that enhance the visit. It is the sort of place where each room full of paintings, sculptures or other art forms, jus daws you in. A good value visit!
Written September 29, 2018
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rotatingcogs
1 contribution
Apr 2018
This museum houses a beautiful collection of ecclesiastical art from the 12th-18th centuries. There are quite a few wood and stone carvings but the painted altarpieces are truly spectacular. Worth a visit even if you only have an hour to spare.
Written April 15, 2018
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Lucyaspinall
Petersfield, UK133 contributions
Feb 2018
Amazing art and sculpture even if you are, like me, not religious. I was lucky enough (in February) to have the place to myself and saw some of the most lovely 'stuff'. Give that most of this art was produced hundreds of years ago and with a very different mind set, it was astounding to a 21st century atheist. Given a chance, I would go back there like a shot. My husband said he wasn't bothered about seeng it, but when I showed him pictures of what had seen, and yes you can take them, he was disappointed that he hadn't gone. Go to this place if nowhere else in Krakow.
Written March 12, 2018
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Veronika660
Prague, Czech Republic57 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
All depends on the kind of museum you like. I am very interested in medieval art and, consequently, I found this museum absolutely fascinating. It has a rich collection of altars, religious paintings and statues. Currently, there is also an exhibition of Orthodox Polish art, which is equally interesting. An added value was that the museum was not, unlike some other places in Krakov, overcrowded.
Written June 11, 2017
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Andy B
Krakow, Poland130 contributions
Mar 2017
This smallish museum/gallery holds many religious related paintings, sculptures and relics from Krakow and Poland. Because of the age and condition of the artefacts the lighting is very subdued. As I recall, the exhibits are all labelled in Polish and English. Entry may be free on some days.
Written April 13, 2017
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Barry M
Trenton, NJ266 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
This small museum was filled with artwork, statues, frescoes of the 1400's and 1500's. Most pieces are in wonderful condition and those not show their age and condition through restoration very well.
You do not need to be catholic to appreciate the richness of the exhibits.
I was impressed by this museum, where my initial thought that this would be a marginal stop on the 'Free Sunday' museum list.

I would bring people here as a stop in Krakow.
Written February 5, 2017
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catsforkids
Sandia Park, NM1,263 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
When I visited this excellent museum I was the only patron in the entire museum. A nice break from the crowds with a peaceful mood to study the 12-18th Century Art of Old Poland and the Orthodox Art of the Old Polish Republic. It is amazing to stand among these pieces of religious art from so very long ago. Very well preserved and displayed with plaques in Polish and English.

The Palace is easy to miss…look for the MMK logo on the wall. The staff was helpful. There is a free bag check, a clean free WC and an elevator. The museum is also included in the Museum Pass for 35 zl for all the MMK museums. What a deal!

For anyone interested in Medieval and religious art, you cannot miss this incredible place!
Written September 13, 2016
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