You may not know much about Polish history but you may know the name of Leonardo da Vinci - the famous artist and inventor. Well, you may or may not also know that the delicate painting of "The Lady with an Ermine" is part of the Polish patrimonium. In 1798, Princess Izabela Czartoryska 's son - Prince Adam Jerzy, travelled to Italy and bought the famous painting by Leonardo and Raphael's "Portraits of a Young Man".
Princess Izabela Czartoryska to preserve the Polish heritage in keeping with the Princess' motto: "The Past to the Future". In 1843 her son bought The Hotel Lambert which became the Living Museum of Poland. Prince Wladyslaw Czartoryski - the son of Adam Jerzy - decided in 1870 to move over the collections to Krakow, where they arrived in 1876. He was a born collector, extended the family collection and took over the museum. Along with his sister they helped include to the list: the Polonaise carpet, Etruscan and Greek vases, Roman and Egyptian antiquities and different types of arms and armours.
3 days in Krakow" guide.
3 days in Krakow" guide.
|The Grand Room of the Gallery of Ancient Art|
|The Mummy Of A Cat - The African Fallow Cat|
- Closed for remodeling till 2015, part of the museum's collections being moved to the Niepolomice castle for an exhibition there open from April 2010.
- Gallery of Antique Art in the Arsenal at 8 Pijarska street is open every day except Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine is to be temporarily displayed in Krakow's Wawel Royal Castle probably till the reopening of the Czartoryski Museum.
When it comes to the price of the tickets, I can tell you that whole Sunday it is for free :) but any other day the regular ticket is 9 zloty and the one with discount - for elder or students - is only 5 zloty (less than a beer!). Children under 7 years go for free, but I would not bring my kids there unless they would be history buffs or very much into ancient times... like I was :) Of course you can but the tickets only but the site is in Polish - they are constructing the English version as we speak. The eco-ticket bought is valid for 6 months since its purchase! You can buy it here. I recommend it for the Ancient History fans :) but also for people religious interested/oriented. The extracts from The Book of the Dead are very good and if you know your Bible, you can see similarities in the text. Enjoy it! as I always enjoy it immensly!
A LadyBug That Enjoys Mummies ;)))