NATIONAL MUSEUM IN KRAKOW
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About the museum

This Branch is located in a neo-Renaissance town palace built in the second half of the 19th century. It was later enlarged based on Tadeusz Stryjeński’s design by adding a museum and library wing (Pavillion), and enclosed by a garden. Now the Museum includes the Łoziński House at 14 Piłsudskiego St.

 

The palace was bought in 1894 by Emeryk Hutten-Czapski (1828–1896), an eminent collector who compiled an outstanding collection of Polish coins and medals, a bibliophile and collector of Polish memorabilia and works of decorative arts. After his death an independent museum was established here and named after Hutten-Czapski, but in 1903 it was transferred together with its holdings to the National Museum in Krakow. The mission of Czapski’s collection - unique and enormously significant for Polish culture and history - is formulated in the inscription Monumentis Patriae naufragio ereptis (To national monuments saved from destruction).

 

When the current all-out renovation is over, the Palace will be home to a permanent exhibition of numismatics: a complete presentation of Polish coins, banknotes, antique coins and medals. The historical showcases designed by the founder will also contain old prints and manuscripts. Emeryk Hutten-Czapski as a collector of national memorabilia and his collecting passions will be the subjects of a separate installation. Another showroom will be devoted to the celebrated painter and intellectual Józef Czapski and to Maria Czapska.

The professionally furnished Numismatics Room will be a place for study, copying, conservation and cleaning of numismatic objects.

 

The neighbouring house at 14 Piłsudskiego St. is intended to house the Archives and the Department of Old Prints and Manuscripts, as well as the Bookbinding and Paper Conservation Studios.

 

A lapidary collection is situated in the garden of the Czapski Palace. It includes fragments of stone sculptures from Krakow’s churches and houses that were collected during renovation works and archaeological diggings, for example around St. Mary’s Church.

 

Hutten-Czapski museum, view from Piłsudskiego st.

Hutten-Czapski museum, entrance

Hutten-Czapski museum, garden

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