Permanent exhibitions

The Noble Republic

The collection presents the fate of the First Polish Republic (from the middle of the 15th century to 1795). The republic called the nobility was not homogeneous, it consisted of many nations which had their own rules of granting and recognizing nobility. In this room we present, among others kontusz sashes, royal documents, including an ennoblement document for Franciszek Raczkowski, autographs of Polish hetmans, elements of armor, hussar shells, including a hat. Attention is also drawn to the beautiful horse row from 1700, or the valuable collection of edged weapons from the 16th and 17th centuries, including the fully preserved Hussar Koncerz from the second half of the 18th century. XVI century. Here you will also find a corner referring to the culture of Turkey and Persia. There you can see Turkish or Persian pouches, helmet, sabers, jug, belt and the most eye-catching shields.

Roads to Independence

In the Roads to Independence room, you will see souvenirs related to the struggle of Poles for a sovereign homeland. The collection is divided into several segments showing, inter alia, Constitution of May 3, Kościuszko Uprising (Tadeusz Kościuszko's autograph), November Uprising (Patek's watch, patriotic jewelry, Józef Poniatowski's autograph), January Uprising (Romuald Traugutt's glasses, National Government seal), through World War II (uniforms, helmets, striped uniforms) , for the T-shirt in which Romek Strzałkowski died.


Old Book Vault

A visit to this room is an opportunity to see incunabula, old prints or handwritten books. Here you can see written by Jan Łaski (1456-1531), Commune incliti Poloniae Regni privolegium constitutionem, the so-called The statutes of Jan Łaski, issued in Kraków, in the printing house of Jan Haller, 1506, as well as the Life of St. Stanisław, the bishop, written down by Jan Długosz (1415-1480). The book of Hymns and Psalms, the manuscript, the parchment codex written by Francisco and Brandelio, in Rome, in 1750, attracts attention with its size. It is worth paying attention to the three Leopolita Bibles from 1577, the Brest Bible, also known as Radzwiłłowska from 1563, and the Bible Jakub Wujek from 1599.

Sacred Art Gallery

The exhibition in this room is a collection of sacred art from the museum's collection. The exhibits show the relationship between the history of religious and spiritual life and art. In 2020, in this Hall, we opened the exhibition With Mary through the ages. We present here the most important iconographic types of Marian representations. You will see here: oil paintings on canvas, icons, images of Mary on pharmacy vases, the depiction of Mary as a baby in a cradle or the image of Mary on Agnusk set in a Mexican reliquary. At the exhibition, you can see the settings of field altars from the Second World War.

Graphics and Drawing Gallery

Graphics include techniques that allow you to duplicate a drawing on paper or fabric from a previously prepared form. Our collection of graphics and drawings has been built successively from the very beginning of the museum. It includes works by many eminent Italian, Dutch, French, German and Polish graphic artists, including Rembrandt, Jan Piotr Norblin, Daniel Chodowiecki and Lukas Vorsterman. Cornelis Galle. Stefano della Belli, Federica Baroccia. Drawings incl. Jan Matejko, Henryk Siemiradzki, Józef Brandt, Wojciech Kossak. In 2021, in this room we placed Marian representations made in various graphic techniques: woodcuts, copperplate engravings, etchings, lithographs. It complements the exhibition with Mary through the ages from the previous room. Here you can see, among others a color lithography based on a painting by the Van Eyck brothers - The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or a copperplate The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Lucas Vorstermans (junior) based on a painting by Anthony Van Dyck.


November, 2021

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