Must-See Museums in Krakow
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Once the capital of Poland, Krakow may be best known for its castle and charming Old Town. But those who want a deeper introduction to Polish history can head to the city’s plethora of interesting, informative museums. Here are a few top picks.
Oskar Schindler's Factory
A former enamel factory, Oskar Schindler's Factory today is home to a permanent exhibition telling the story of the Nazi occupation of Krakow, in addition to a number of rotating temporary exhibitions.
How to Visit: Join a small-group walking or Segway tour of Krakow's Jewish quarter, or book a private tour for a more in-depth experience.
Ghetto Eagle Pharmacy Museum
Located within the boundaries of the former Jewish ghetto, the Eagle Pharmacy Museum commemorates both the Holocaust and the memory of pharmacy owner Tadeusz Pankiewicz, who operated his business during the Nazi occupation.
How to Visit: Book a one- or two-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour and make this museum one of your stops, or join a tour focusing on Krakow's Jewish district, Kazimierz.
Stained Glass Museum
Visit this century-old stained-glass workshop to watch masters at work and learn the process behind the creation of large-scale stained glass installations.
How to Visit: Admission is only possible as part of a tour, offered hourly in English.
Historical Museum of Krakow
Dedicated to telling the history of Krakow, the Historical Museum is spread across 16 branches and includes Oskar Schindler’s Factory, the Ghetto Eagle Pharmacy Museum, the Town Hall Tower, the Old Synagogue, and the Rynek Underground.
How to Visit: Check out a handful of branches by joining a small-group walking or mini-bus tour of the city.
National Museum Krakow
Founded in the late 19th century, the National Museum Krakow, or MNK, is the primary branch of Poland's National Museum and is home to nearly 800,000 pieces of art, including a large collection of Polish works.
How to Visit: Make the museum a stop on a one- or two-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour.
Krakow Tours & Activities (4)
Experience a poignant piece of World War II history on a tour of Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum in Krakow. Explore the exhibitions in the enamel factory where hundreds of Jewish employees were saved from deportation. Follow an expert guide through Schindler’s office, and examine multimedia projections, artifacts and photos while learning the stories of the workers.
Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is the city’s most atmospheric district and the best way to explore is on foot. This 3-hour walking tour checks off all the highlights, including the Royal Route and the Wawel Castle complex; the medieval St. Mary’s Basilica and 17th-century St Peter and Paul’s Church; and the historic Cloth Hall.
Delve into Krakow’s Jewish heritage on a private, 3-hour tour of Kazimierz, once the largest Jewish community in Europe. See all seven of the area’s synagogues and the hear tales from Kazimierz’s long history, from its 14th-century founding to its current renaissance as a contemporary center of art and culture. Learn about the expulsion of Jews and the creation of the Jewish ghetto during World War II, and visit several sites used in the filming of ‘Schindler’s List.’