Willa Koliba - Zakopane Style Museum

Willa Koliba - Zakopane Style Museum

Willa Koliba - Zakopane Style Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The Koliba villa, the first building erected to Stanislaw Witkiewicz's design in the Zakopane Style, is situated at Kościeliska Street, Zakopane's oldest street with time-honoured houses and characteristic Tatra crofts at every step. In these surroundings we can better understand Stanislaw Witkiewicz's concept. Five rooms in the oldest part were arranged in accordance with their original function as, on the ground floor, the dining room, drawing room and bedroom, and, on the first floor, Gnatowski's room and his servant's room. Zygmunt Gnatowski's ethnographic collection returned to its place in the 'Tatra highlander's chamber'. Other pieces of furniture, household utensils and small craftsmen's articles, all in the Zakopane Style, come from the turn of the century when the style was in full bloom. The Museum of the Zakopane Style is the only place in Poland acquainting the visitor with the history of the achievements of the first theoretically wrought and successfully effected concept of a Polish national style based on the architecture and decorative art of the inhabitants of the region of Podhale.
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Starkin
235 contributions
Oct 2020
Willa Koliba is situated just off Kościeliska (a street in Zakopane where most of the old wooden highlander houses are). The house is a museum and very good example of the old Goralska (highlander) style which if you are interested in the local architecture is well worth the visit. The craftmanship is amazing!
The opening hours can vary and the museum is closed for lunch therefore it is best to check beforehand when it will be open. The staff were pleasant and helpful. At present there is limited English speakers, however, we managed to muddle through and I am sure this will change as more people discover Zakopane.
The house has just had renovations carried out to ensure wheelchair access and now there is a small shop.
Written October 18, 2020
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sadeeyor
Glasgow, United Kingdom859 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
I won't labour this: you only just walk left from commercialised Krupowki and you will find possibly the most magical street of wooden architecture in Europe. A living museum is cliche. Almost immediately on your righthand side is St Clements church: ignore it as you veer early morning into the walled cemetery, before students hang around: you will have the almost pagan gravestones to yourself. Later, mosey down and within 8 mins on the right hand side you will encounter a sign in Polish which translates as "Museum of the Zakopane Style" (a big wooden house on an inshot to the right: canny miss it). Replace your clogs with schlumpy slippers as a kind knowledgeable called Tomasz escorts you. (Get the combined ticket for another smaller house 550m up the road, called "Inspirations": worth it, as the ladies there will give you an intimate tour of the white chamber & the black chamber. (There's a nice wee greengrocers & minimarket en route, so please make the effort of another 8 mins along the road). Actually, while you're going along the road there's a profusion of "Zakopane Style" more modern architecture, whether it be ski lodge or just B&B: most interesting and pleasant.

Basically, Witciewicz was a visionary architect who, though he didn't physically construct it all himself (brought in a Ukrainian dude for example) he consolidated the vernacular houses, made them more effective (steeper pitched roofs to cast off the elements) and embellished them with lovely motifs. Some simple studs around the doors, flowery islamesque patterns a la Charlie Rennie Mackintosh, using the main beam of the living-room to be not just a keeper-up: a thing of beauty in bed to look up to as well as a firmament of strength. Stuff like that. I've waxed lyrically enough. Come: enjoy this uncommercial street for yourself. As we know, commerce is round the corner. Not now. Not yet.
Written November 29, 2014
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150cath
Loughborough, UK68 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
Four Polish people left before even going in because of the gruff "welcome" from a fat bloke with a moustache. I waited in the rain and was ushered into a porch where I was told to put on cloth covers on my outdoor shoes. My smile made the guy cheer up a lot, and he welcomed me warmly in. I wandered around for a bit on my own, then another man, with silver hair and glasses with a warm handsome smile asked if I had any questions. He showed me all around and explained everything in the most wonderful English, taking time to show me everything with great courtesy and graciousness. He made all the difference and I did really enjoy it thanks to him. Well worth the 7 sloti. He explained all about the different styles.
Written January 22, 2015
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ana4sc
Charleston, SC323 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a small museum a few blocks off the main strip. It is located on a street with several “Zakopane” style wooden homes. It is beautiful from the outside-lovely grounds and garden. The house is small but has turn of the century artifacts depicting the style of this region. Not kid friendly but a good spot for a rainy day or adults interested in art, history and architecture.
Written October 6, 2019
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48traveler65
Seattle, WA53 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Beautiful structure and interior furnishings. A labor of love by designers and staff! Especially enjoyed the caricature art depicting various Polish politicians and public figures from an earlier time. The history of the house is fascinating. Get a combo ticket and also visit the small but lovely ethnographic museum in another house up the street, and enjoy looking at all the lovely wooden structures up and down the street.
Written September 21, 2017
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Fred B
Nice, France141 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
It is an essential visit of the "Zakopane style" of wooden architecture. The building itself is great ..though really not fully authentic as it was severely damaged and refurbished several times. The main drawback is the minute amount of relevant info on the architecture itself (photos of the building process, various building techniques, tools etc..). The exhibition could also bring a wider view on the wooden architecture of the area (especially churches). The grounds should be better maintained to enhance the setting.
Written August 18, 2017
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Kevin H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates141 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Great museum that exxplains the history behind the traditional wooden building style that was developed in Zakopane. One of a series of buildings in a street that is definitely worth visiting in the town.
Very unique and friendly staff at the museum who were amazingly helpful and enhanced our trip.
Written June 26, 2017
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רות ח
Shaharut, Israel83 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
The display is well presented. I think this place needs a guide in person to explain how the people used to live. Instead, they give you a piece of paper in English to read... More so, there was a man at the cash register who spoke perfect English and answered my questions. I didn't understand why wasn't he guiding...
The big surprise, for me, was the diverse exhibitions presented on the upper floors and made me go through Wikipedia to search more about the artists...
I had a very nice time there.
Written March 26, 2017
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Ripa2014
Moscow, Russia44 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
We visited the museum with my firends when travelling in Zakopane. It's an old museum which has the atmosphere of Zakopane style and old ages. The interior is old, the texts are written in English. I reccomend it to families and friends visits.
Written September 23, 2016
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Danielle K
Perth, Australia37 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
This place was amazing - loved everything in it, so quaint and gives you such a good idea of how people lived 100 or so years ago. They didn't speak English but luckily my husband is Polish and translated for me, otherwise I would have been left guessing what everything was.
Written May 9, 2016
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