Museums Tour in Krakow's Old Town, Krakow

Krakow, the second capital of Poland, is the cultural center which is why you will find a lot of museums of all kinds here. Learn about the history of Krakow and Poland at the Historical Museum and learn about the nation’s traditions at the National Museum. There are also unique collections you will not find anywhere else in the world. A great deal of museums are dedicated to ancient, medieval and modern art. Take the following tour to discover the most popular museums in Krakow’s Old Town.
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Museums Tour in Krakow's Old Town Map

Guide Name: Museums Tour in Krakow's Old Town
Guide Location: Poland » Krakow (See other walking tours in Krakow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: ellen
Czartoryski Museum

1) Czartoryski Museum

The Czartoryski Museum was established in 1796 by Princess Izabela Czartoryska and its collections are actually the work of five generations of the Czartoryski family. The collection has been moved to another city, gone underground and even missing; a small percentage of the original collection is what is open to the public today. The tale of the Museum is a story everyone must know. 

With the motto ‘From the Past to the Future’, Princess Izabela set up the museum in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palace of Arts

2) Palace of Arts

The city of Krakow is filled with historic monuments and structures from different eras of architectural history, and therefore, Krakow is nicknamed the art capital of Poland. One such place to marvel at the historical and architectural wealth of the city is the Palace of Arts. This present day museum houses some of the finest and most prestigious exhibitions in the city. Works of established artists and those who have gained global reputation are proudly displayed at the Palace of Arts. The...   view more
Wyspianski Museum (The Szołaysky House)

3) Wyspianski Museum (The Szołaysky House)

The Wyspianski Museum takes you into the world of Stanislaw Wyspianski, where you are invited to take a closer look at some of his best works and their making. Located in the house of the Szołayski family, the building too, is one of the city’s monumental buildings in its own right. Dating back to the 14th century, the structure underwent several reconstructions and renovations in the 19th and 20th century. Roped in as a part of the National Museum of Krakow in 1904, it has been home to...   view more
Historical Museum

4) Historical Museum (must see)

The Main Square is home to many important sights in Krakow, one of which is the Historical Museum. Housed in one of the most magnificent buildings, this Museum is filled with artifacts that prove that Krakow truly is Poland’s cultural capital.

The building that the Museum is located in is the Krzysztofory Palace, a part of Krakow’s prized heritage. A beautiful Baroque structure, the Palace was owned by Crown Court Marshal Adam Kazanowski in the mid-17th century. It underwent a series of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hipolit House

5) Hipolit House

Although museums may be the only window to look at how life was in yester years, rarely do you actually come across one that gives you a feel of how life was back then. The Hipolit House is one of the rare examples which give its viewers an experience of how everyday life was way back in time.

The Hipolit house was once owned by a wealthy Italian merchant family in the 17th century who went by the same name. The mansion saw a number of wealthy families throughout its years and underwent many...   view more
Sukiennice Museum

6) Sukiennice Museum (must see)

The Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art at Sukiennice is housed on the upper floor of the Renaissance Sukiennice Cloth Hall in the center of the Main Market Square in Old Town Kraków. It holds the largest permanent exhibit of the 19th-century Polish painting and sculpture, in four grand rooms.

The gallery's arrangement resembles that of a 19th-century salon. Each of the four large exhibition halls is defined by historical period and the theme usually revolving around the one central...   view more
Museum of Archaeology.

7) Museum of Archaeology.

When one says that Krakow is a seat of ancient civilization, well here is your chance to actually see it. Established in 1850, the Museum of Archaeology is the oldest of its kind in Poland. The Museum takes pride in their mammoth collection of over 500 thousand artifacts dating to Paleolithic era.

At the Museum, one can really get a glimpse on the inhabitants who once walked the world. Among many things, the Museum of Archaeology is a proud owner of the four faced idol of the Slavonic God...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Archdiocesan Museum

8) Archdiocesan Museum

On a pilgrimage visit to the city, one of the must visit sites is the Archdiocesan Museum. Dedicated to presenting ecclesiastical art, craft and other artifacts, the Museum has the most extensive collection of Gothic paintings, sculptures from the 17th century, robes, clothes, books, documents, altars etc. collected from priests and churches over the years.

The Museum is often visited because of its association with one renowned personality of modern history - Pope John Paul II. Believed to...   view more

Walking Tours in Krakow, Poland

Create Your Own Walk in Krakow

Create Your Own Walk in Krakow

Creating your own self-guided walk in Krakow is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Krakow Self-guided Tour for Kids

Krakow Self-guided Tour for Kids

Krakow has a lot of attractions and activities for families. Many special Wonderlands, such as Kulkoland or Anikino, will entertain your kids and make them happy. If you want to have a fun and active time with you family, consider visiting the fairy-tale Aqua Park. Some nice cafés offer lovely ambiance with special dishes and playgrounds for your fidgety little ones. And don’t forget to visit some toy shops where they can choose a present to remind them of the trip to Krakow.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Daily Life Walk in Krakow Kazimierz

Daily Life Walk in Krakow Kazimierz

Kazimierz is a farmer Jewish district. It was founded in the 14th century by the King Casimir. It might be called the most charming district in the city. The largest street, Szeroka, has many lovely cafés and restaurants, boutiques and shops. Things are really zipping along here. Learn about the residents of Kazimierz and their daily life routine through the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Places of Worship Walking Tour in Krakow

Places of Worship Walking Tour in Krakow

Krakow, earlier considered “the Northern Rome” is a city of many churches. It is the center of the religious life of the country. New churches continue to appear today, but the most attractive and interesting for tourists are the old ones. Some of them have wonderful architecture, others are picturesque or have historical value. Many of them possess relics and old manuscripts. Check out the most acclaimed places of worship in Krakow in this next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Krakow Shopping Spots Tour

Krakow Shopping Spots Tour

Krakow is a very attractive place for shopping lovers. It has a lot of specialty shops, malls and charming markets with everything you need. As you wander through the narrow streets of the Old Town, visit some of its splendid boutiques. Antiques lovers will definitely get something interesting for bargain prices in the Street Markets. Check out the most popular shopping spots of Krakow in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

In the course of fifteen centuries Krakow has evolved from a tiny hamlet at the top of the Wawel Hill, overlooking the Vistula River, to one of Europe's culturally richest destinations. One of a kind on the list of the World Heritage Sights, Krakow is a recognized center of the academic, artistic and cultural life of Poland. Take this orientation walk to acquaint yourself with some of the city's most popular tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Krakow Old Town District Self-guided Tour

Krakow Old Town District Self-guided Tour

The Old Town is an ideal district for sightseeing as it is free of traffic and you can enjoy a quiet walk and some fresh air. The district has many attractions, including historical buildings and monuments, grand churches and museums. Here you can see Krakow’s oldest architecture. The residents began building the Old Town in the 13th century. At that time it was surrounded by great city walls but today only parts of the walls remain.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km