Erazm Ciołek Palace

Kanonicza 17 Street
  • Best examples of Sacred Art
  • The collection of sculptures, the oldest ones dated back to the 15th century
  • A beautifully restored 16th-century palace
  • The Attraction included in Krakow Card
  • Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 - 16:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00

About

Erazm Ciołek? - Who was he?

Well, he was a bishop who served his ministry in the 15th century. He was a royal secretary of king Alexander Jagiellończyk, a diplomat, a patron of art and literature, and a speaker, so he was quite a big persona back then.
The museum, which is located in his former palace at Kanonicza St., collects works of sacred art. Paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages fit perfectly in the beautifully restored interiors of the historic palace.

And the true star of this rich collection is Madonna from Krużlowa from 1410 - old but gold!

What can you see while visiting the Palace?

The exhibition is divided into three main parts:

  • Art of Old Poland. XII - XVIII century - the most valuable exhibits are Gothic sculptures including the aforementioned Madonna,
  • Art of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - one of the oldest and most valuable collections of Eastern Church icons in Europe - it's worth seeing!
  • Krakow at your fingertips - a collection of sculptures and beautiful fragments of various buildings from all over Poland (for example, portals or royal tombstones), which we can finally admire by devoting all our attention to them. Gathered in the fantastically restored cellars of the Palace.

Interesting Facts

Madonna - more valuable than gold

The story of Madonna from Krużlowa is unusual. The sculpture was found in the parish church in a tiny village in Lesser Poland. Stanisław Wyspiański (great Polish artist) found this neglected piece of art while traveling and he saved it from being forgotten and from woodworms (literally!)

  During the restoration of the church in Krużlowa, Madonna was taken care of, it was thoroughly restored and moved to the Cloth Hall. Not for long, because it was moved to the Town Hall Tower, and soon after that is was seized by the Nazis during the Second World War.

It must have enchanted Governor Hans Frank, who placed it in his office in Wawel Castle! After the war, the sculpture disappeared, fortunately, it was found somewhere in the basement of Wawel. Madonna was exhibited at Wawel, then at Szołayski's house and finally in 2007, she found home in the Erazm Ciołek Palace.

Important info

  • You can get to the Museum by public transport - tram stop: Wawel
  • Exchange your printed voucher for a ticket at the Museum ticket office
  • Last visitors are allowed to enter the gallery and exhibitions 30 minutes before closing. The cash register, the store, and the cloakroom stay open until the closing time
  • To get a discount, you must show a document confirming the age (students should present a valid student ID)
  • The ticket is non refundable

Faq

Can the Museum be visited on a different day than the date on the voucher?

Sure, you can use the voucher any day after the purchase date.

Does the voucher have to be printed?

Yes, it is necessary. You will not receive a ticket without a printed voucher. If you need help printing it out, please visit our Tourist Information Point. Our consultants will print it out for you.