Family Home of John Paul II

4 hours
Between 8 AM and 12 PM
  • Transport by an air-conditioned executive car
  • Museum ticket
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Free cancellation until the pickup time!


The story begins in Wadowice...

An amazing story that changed the fate of the world. One can hardly deny how Pope John Paul II left his mark in history. Hailed as the “the coolest” Pope ever, he had a wonderful personality that made him popular not just among Catholics but people from other faiths as well. Born and raised in Wadowice, a small town near Krakow, John Paul had a humble beginning. Today in this little town one can still feel his presence and the love of the inhabitants for him, still proud that this great man was born on their land.

His home allows us to get to know his roots deeper. It shows his origins - his childhood, his life in a modest and steeped in prayer apartment, with windows looking at the church. There, on the church wall, little Karol looked at the sun clock and the inscription: "Time is running out, eternity is waiting".

The war was the pre-dawn of Karol's youth, who had to leave his beloved home. He set out on a journey that we now have the opportunity to metaphorically follow.

What will you see when visiting the John Paul II Museum in Wadowice?

  • family home, authentic objects used by household members, souvenirs,
  • exhibits related to the stay of Wojtyła in Krakow - student years, war times, and later the priesthood,
  • Karol's photos and notes related to his passions: acting and poetry (did you know, that he wanted to become an actor? He really was the coolest!)
  • clothes and items related to his election as Pope,
  • Memorabilia of the pontificate and all the most important moments: assassination, pilgrimages, world youth days and many others,
  • Multimedia solutions available in the museum make the journey even more interactive.

In addition, we provide a pickup from the hotel and the assistance of an English-speaking driver during the tour.
Visiting the Museum includes live guide.


Contact us to arrange your tour
The tour is "on request" which means that we kindly ask you to contact us in order to arrange the detail of your tour (like pick up time and place)
Transport by an air-conditioned minibus (professional drivers and executive cars)
An English speaking driver will assist you during the whole tour.
Local expert guide
Official guide will tell you the detailed story of John Paul II's life. Entrance fees are already paid so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Drop off 

Our driver will drop you off to your hotel.


Son, Actor, Poet...

May 1920 - in a small apartment Emilia gives birth to her second son - Karol. 
He is a healthy and happy child. He likes to play soccer with friends (he is the goalkeeper). Little Karol observes his parents - kneeling, praying, especially the rosary. He is also choirboy at his church as well.

He faces his first share of a hard time at the age of 6 when he lost his mother who was 45 years old at the time. How difficult must it be for a little kid? The only company he had was only his father’s as his brother was at a medical school in Krakow. Unfortunately, his brother caught the Scarlet Fever from a patient and passed away. 

Karol decided to study Polish Philology at Jagiellonian University. He loved literature and theatre. Hiking with friends was his favorite thing to do. The World War II started when he was 19 years old - he had to do physical labor at the quarry to support himself and his ill father. To continue his passion he started underground theater with his friends. He was only 21 when his father died and Karol from now on did not have anyone left.

Priest, Bishop, Pope

Young Wojtyła started to attend underground divinity school. His friends were shocked - Karol, who wanted to be an actor, a poet, who loved playing soccer and hiking became a priest! From the start, he loved spending time with youth, teaching and raising them. He quickly earned his doctorate, he became a professor at University and his lectures were very popular amongst students. 

His story continues: he becomes the youngest bishop in Poland, then a cardinal.

In 1978 he was chosen to become a Pope - he was the first non-italian Pope for 455 years! It was truly unbelievable for everyone at the time and what a shock it was when a Polish Pope started to speak perfect Italian. 27 years of the world being astonished by his approach and his achievements. His papacy was and forever will be truly an astonishing story of a man, who changed the world.

Important info

  • The entire tour takes around 4-5 hours (depending on the traffic, the way to Wadowice might take from 1 hour up to 1,5 hours and the sightseeing takes around 2 hours)
  • The Museum is adjusted to physically challenged tourists
  • The minimum number of participants is 2
  • The pickup time fluctuates between 8:00 and 12:00 (depending on availability of the Museum Guide)
  • Customer is kindly requested to contact us at least 24h before the beginning of the tour to confirm pick-up time and place of departure
  • You can cancel the reservation free of charge until the pickup time
  • Please arrive at the designated pick-up point minimum 5 minutes before the departure time. Minor delays (circa 20 minutes) are possible due to traffic conditions.


I am by myself and I want to take part in this tour, what can I do?

You can ask our Support Center if there are any sold tickets on a particular day. If not, you can purchase two seats in order for us to organize this tour for you.

Do I need to print out my voucher?

No, it's not necessary. You can present your voucher on your phone or any other mobile device.

Is the Museum adjusted for physically challanged tourists?

Yes it is. There is an elevator available for wheelchair users.