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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

National Museum in Krakow - First Floor

Dear sweethearts,

Today I would like to tell you a bit more about the Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie or short, of MNK. I wish to tell you more about a collection I really enjoy seeing and revisiting when I have time :) The Main Building of the MNK is located on Aleja 3 Maja 1 in Krakow, just a stone throw away from the Main Market Square and the Museum of Stained Glass (a hidden gem of this magical city). The building is hard to miss, in it's own unique architecture it reminds many of the communist times and they way buildings were done back then. It was designed by Boleslaw Schmidt, Czeslaw Boratynksi and Edward Kreisler - sometimes between 1934 and 1989. In 1998 there were elevators and hoists installed for visitors with disabilities. The Main Building of MNK is always closed on Mondays and it has free exhibitions on Sunday (not the temporary ones - for those you must pay). It is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Saturday's from 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays from 10 to 4 pm. The last visitors are accepted to the galleries and exhibitions no later than 20 minutes before the due close time. There are plenty of ways to get there. I usually get there by foot from the Main Market Square or by public transport. 
Public transport access:
- buses: 109, 124, 134, 144, 152, 164, 169, 173, 179, 194, 249, 304, 424, 502, 503 - bus stop Muzeum Narodowe
- trams: 20 - tram stop Muzeum Narodowe
There is a paid underground municipal car park located in front of the Main Building. This one is very conveniently located and locals use it a lot :) 

If you manage to get to the National Museum in Krakow Main Building, make sure you also visit Leonardo DaVinci's famous painting: The Lady with an Ermine. I think it's much prettier than the Mona Lisa,  to tell you the truth... plus you can see her up close and it is bigger than Mona ;) totally Instagramable and a #MustSee if in Krakow.  

But my favourite place, open to the wide audience for free on Sundays, is the Gallery of Decorative Art at the National Museum,  located on the 1st floor. It is the largest permanent exhibition of its kind in Poland! The objects displayed are arranged in Chronological order from the Early Middle Ages to Art Nouveau (my personal favourite) period. 

The exhibition of Decorative Art holds a collection of gold, fabrics, clothing, furniture, ceramics and glassware, musical instruments, Judaic objects, clock displays/collection that brings the number up to nearly 4000 exhibits presented in 9 large exhibition rooms and 2 annexes

The museum boasts of some historic fabrics and items of clothing dating back to the 14th century to early 20th century. The oldest artefact in the collection is a 14th century stole from the Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec. There is also a set of chasubles from the 15th to 18th century, a valuable 15th century examples with embroidered orphreys or made from imported Italian silk. 
Another interesting group is the ceramics collection - without question the most impressive and important of its kind in Poland. It includes Romanesque floor slabs, gothic and baroque tiles, Italian majolicas from the 16th century and Polish faiences from the 18th century. The most valuable artefacts come from the royal factory in Belweder and Karol Wolff's workshops in Bielino, Warsaw. 

The Gallery of Decorative Art also hold a very valuable collection of 17th and 18th century tile clocks, including 2 from the workshop of Wolfgang Prenner in Krakow. Another unique piece is the ball clock from the workshop of Dawid Schroter in Elblag. The clocks made by Jan Gotfried Krosz in the second half of the 18th century are of particular value and include and clock with a figure of Chronos and a rare example of a travel clock. There are also some Biedermayer style pieces that will catch your eye for sure ;)  so without any further ado... enjoy some of the pieces that catch my eye when visiting the National Museum in Krakow - Main Building on Al. 3 Maja 1. 

Well... what do you think?! Up for a visit? If these photos did not make up your mind yet, let me share with you a bit more... visitors that will see the rooms with the 18th - 19th century artefacts will view objects related to very important polish figures like Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Prince Jozef Poniatowski and memorabilia dedicated to important historical events like the adoption of the 3rd May Constitution (the first one in Europe and the second one in the world, after the USA one). Another room features Adam Mickiewicz's personal items like his wallet, calling card, pencil, goose will, snuffboxes and pipes.

Now how about that?! Are you ready for an adventure to the past? Come to the National Museum in Krakow, Main Building, and get to the 1st floor, to the Gallery of Decorative Art and let me know what your favourite piece is ;) I'm curious which one you will like best!

Yours sincerely ,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves Krakow 
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