Sunday, December 16, 2007

Krakow Ethnographic Museum

Today we toured a wonderful little museum located in the old (14th century) town hall in the Kazimierz section of Krakow. This is a folk museum with examples of houses, re-creations of real interior rooms using orignial furnishings, various machines for making and decorating textiles, a fantastic costume collection, and great displays showing how Polish people celebrated holidays (particularly Christmas and Easter) in the 19th century, among many other things.
We love the little museums here...just right for an hour or so on a Sunday afternoon. The Wyspianski Museum and the Jozef Mehoffer House are both renovated houses devoted to the works of well-know Polish artists; the Czartoryski Museum is a bit larger museum showing a very impressive private family collection (including a DaVinci and a Rembrandt); the Jagiellonian University Museum is about the old building in which it is housed as well as the history of the university; we saw the Christmas Crib display at the History Museum downtown on the main square; and then there's the huge Wawel castle, which is a museum of a whole different sort. We are not running out of things to do and see....

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