The Ethnographic Museum- Esther's House


Esterka House, at 46 Krakowska Street, is a branch of Etnographic Museum where office and library is located. By purchaising a ticket you can visit temporary exhibitions.

The oldest part of the basement of this originally Gothic building dates back to the 14th century. Subsequently, almost every century, the building underwent renovations (the last time in 1876, while its current appearance is mainly due to reconstructions carried out at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries). To this day, fragments of Gothic stonework from around 1430 and slightly later (from the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries) have been preserved. In the late 18th century, wooden ceilings were installed, and from this period, rich wall polychromy and ceiling rosettes also date. In the 16th century, the house belonged to an architect and builder who worked at the court of the Polish king Sigismund the Old, as well as to the councilor of Kazimierz, Bartolomeo Berecci, and then to his daughter Anna. The building is currently covered with a rarely seen, classicist, broken roof (known as "Krakow style").

The name of the building refers to the legend of Esterka, the Jewish beloved of King Casimir the Great. Her name is also borne by several other places in Krakow: Esther Street, Esther's Mound, and a small house that stood until 1932 at the corner of Szczepański Square and Reformacka Street.

Krakowska 46 street, Kraków

Tuesday-Sunday 9:00-18:00