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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Cyberteka Krakow - Time And Space

Dear friends,

As we are on a row now with Museums Of Krakow and art, I will tell you a bit more about another Museum part of the National Treasury of Krakow - Cyberteka. Krakow - Time and Space, located in the Old City Center, Main Square, inside the Palac Krzysztofory. The exhibition is quite new and it presents the urban development of the city between 1909 and 1915, when the project of Great Kraków was executed.
One of my personal fav pieces from the Exhibition :)
It focuses on the reconstruction of Krakow by digitalising the museum collections. It is both an introduction to the future permanent exhibition in the Krzysztofory Palace, entitled Kraków from the beginning without an end, and an autonomous repository of knowledge about Krakow. The exhibition spaces, spread over an area of 185 square metres, are localised on the second floor of the western wing of the Krzysztofory Palac.
Here is a short presentation from their site in English: "In the first room, Cracovia Origo, the oldest history of Kraków is presented.
Space Two, Oppidum, is a story about the development of Kraków settlement (the Wawel town, Okół borough, other settlement centres) with the selected buildings of Romanesque architecture from the pre-incorporation times.
The next part of the exhibition, Civitas, tells us about the crucial event in the history of the town, i.e. granting town rights to Kraków by Duke Bolesław the Chaste on 5th June 1257 and the development of the town up to the end of the 15th century.
In the fourth space, Forum, urban development of Kraków from the 16th through the 18th centuries is presented, mostly on the basis of the Kraków Market Square.
The next, fifth space, Aglomeracja, is a story about the phenomenon of Kraków − Kazimierz − Kleparz tricity in modern times. An important element of its arrangement is a centrally located prop in the form of a balloon, making a reference to the development of enlightenment thought and science.
The last, sixth room exhibits the spatial and urban development project, entitled the Great Kraków and implemented between 1909 and 1915 under supervision of Juliusz Leo, president of Kraków. The model of the plane Albatros D.III (Oef), suspended under the ceiling, is a dominant element in the room. The plane is an Austro-Hungarian fighter from the period of World War I, making a reference to the development of technology and industry in the beginning of the 20th century.
The exhibition also presents unique artefacts from the collection of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków, including the insignia of local authorities, i.e. a small sceptre and ring of the mayors of Kraków of the 16th century, as well as a silver crucifix used for swearing in town councillors from the 2nd half of the 17th century. What we can also see in this room is the oldest view of Kraków from the north, developed in the studio of Michał Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleyenwurff and included in Hartmann Schedl's Chronicle from 1493, the 1600 view of Kraków from the south, as seen from Krakus Mound: the copperplate and etching were engraved by Jacob Hoefnagel according to the sketch of Egidio van der Rye, as well as the monumental Map of Kraków by Hugo Kołłątaj, made by Maciej Dębski and Kazimierz Szarkiewicz upon Kołłątaj's order between 1783 and 1785.
The above are complemented by four 3D films: Cracovia Origo, The Wawel Castle 1,000 years ago, Cracovia Nostra Cracoviensis A.D.1650 and Cracovia A.D. 1650."
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For me, this museum is very futuristic and it entices the people who pass its threshold to touch and read and learn more. It's children friendly and adults/grown-ups and teenagers alike can have fun. There is a lot of information condensed in these 6 rooms and if you wish to skip some info you would still end up being there for an hour or two... The museum is on the 2nd floor of the Palace, right in the Main Square, on the corner leading to Plac Szczepanski so it's hard to miss ;)  and you have 2 options - either take the stairs or go by the elevator. The rooms are displayed counter-clock-wise so when you enter make sure you take the right not the left door ;) The displays are user-friendly and work well + the language display is both in English and Polish. 
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Here are some details when you can visit and on the prices:
Ticket prices:
  • Normal ticket: PLN 12.00
  • Discounted ticket: PLN 8.00
  • Family ticket: PLN 24.00
  • Group ticket for schools: PLN 6.00
  • Tuesday is the free admittance day
Opening hour:
  • Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Entrance to the exhibition:
  • Organised groups up to 25 people: every 30 minutes
  • Individual tourists: every 30 minutes, up to 15 people per hour
  • Last entrance: groups: 60 minutes before exhibition closing; individual tourists: 45 minutes before exhibition closing
Of course you can also book the tickets online and then just pick them up at the counter ;) It ain't the most amazing museum in Krakow but for the history buffs it might be worth your while. It's easy and quick to do and if you are stranded due to the rain/heavy snow and you just wanna stay inside and you already visited the wonderful Rynek Underground, then I suggest you take a few steps to the Cyberteka Krakow and then award yourself with a yummy creme brulee at Charlotte ;)

Yours truly truly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves Museums <3