Ethnographic Museum in Kraków

Want to delve into Krakowian history and culture? Every major city seems to have an ethnographic museum, Kraków is no exception – close to the banks of the Vistula river stand the impressive building that holds the collection.

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Step inside and be greeted with room replicas of interiors from homesteads to school houses, mill rooms to clay workshops – the ground floor immerses you in Kraków’s domestic and trade world. 

Upon making your way to the first floor you are met with an extensive display of intricately studded, buckled, embroidered, velvety, leathery historical costume from all regions of Poland.

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Follow the exhibition round and discover implements of subsistence lifestyle in rural Poland used as recently as 1960. Hunting, in the form of ingenious traps for various native species, fishing equipment, harvesting apparatus and even handmade apiaries (beekeeping houses) adorn the walls and offer insight into the ingenuity of those practicing self sufficiency. 

Along with these tools of practicality necessary for survival are rooms brimming with recreational tools and techniques used for creative and artistic activities. Study the rolling pin-sequence method for creating patterns on fabric, clothing, curtains and blankets. Take the opportunity to use a foot/hand operated loom and add your own personal flair to a perpetually in progress floor rug.

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Weave your way through the textiles into the hand craft and interior decoration section in which you can see breathtakingly elaborate paper wall hangings or ‘pajaki’, and unbelievable ceiling mobiles constructed from simple materials including strands of straw. 

Explore hand carved folk art depicting everything from celebration traditions to biblical scenes in an interactive exhibit, enjoy the unconventional expansion of the medium due to harsh winter weather conditions which forced manual labourers to find alternative means of income in the form of puppeteering, both selling their wares and performing shows. Puppets and the nativity scenes they performed in are scattered around and link to a film clip of the New Year for fathers or ‘dziady’ of Żywiec in which they, dressed in homemade bright and reflective costumes, descend on rural homesteads and farms and cause a ruckus with unconventional instruments, singing, dancing and drinking until the sound of whips cracking is heard – at which point they move on to the next unsuspecting victims. This performance is symbolic of the restoration of order after Christmas chaos for the coming year. dsa

The ethnographic museum has something to appeal to every interest; art seekers to history buffs, casual exhibition goers to museum aficionados. Enjoy the pleasure from 7zł with student ID or 14zł for a regular ticket.

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Along with the beginning of March the National Museum in Krakow greeted us with new exciting exhibition: Comics Now!

Who is Bezrobotny Froncek [Jobless Froncek]? Was he once more popular than Mickey Mouse? Where was Koziołek Matołek [Silly Billy] going? Whose dog is Filuś, and what is Miluś the dragon afraid of? Can a turtle be a symbol of a superhero? You will find answers to these and other questions at the exhibition

Comics Now!, open from 2 March until 22 July 2018..

– says official description from Museum’s website.


The exhibition takes you for a journey into over 150 years of Polish and European comic stories. You will get a chance to see unique magazines people used to crack up to during war time, beautiful illustrations in its first original edition as well as many of beloved comic characters in form of toy figures, stickers or even candy wrappers.

Just as comics themselves, the display attracts with its colours and joyful atmosphere. The interactivity and design will for sure make you feel as part of the comic world.

And if you need any more encouragement, let’s just mention that the exhibition was designed by Martyna, a receptionist from your favourite Mosquito Hostel 🙂

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The Magic of Christmas ♥

As Kraków is getting colder with every day and the first snow starts falling from the sky, it’s a great reminder of upcoming Christmas season! And as many popular and cultural cities in Europe, Kraków also annually organizes a Christmas Market on the Main Market Square. This season again for about a month the center of the city will change into a festive, magical place full of Holiday spirit!

You can not miss this event as there are so many amazing things to try and see. Traditionally, it always starts in the last week of November and this year the grand opening is planned for 25th November. However most booths will open today(!) already. The event is attracting more visitors from around the world every year and it has been named one of the top 10 Christmas Markets in the world!



What’s planned?

Kraków’s Christmas Market is not only about shopping! The organizers prepared a long and diverse programme to make every day special. Get ready for many concerts of professional bands or musicians, as well as children performances and local schools’ youth caroling. Speaking of children, don’t forget to take them for a meeting with Santa December 6th! The President of Kraków will also show up to symbolically share a communion wafer with citizens. Moreover there will be a special Christmas Tram cruising around the city, inviting passerbies to ride for free and to visit the market. Many charitable events are also planned to help the poorest residents and hospital patients to celebrate this important season as well.

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What to eat and drink?

As always food will play a great role this coming season. If outside is cold and frosty start with warming yourself with some hot chocolate or mulled wine served from a huge barrow and known as grzaniec galicyjski. Once you’re warm there are many possibilities of (not only) Polish cuisine that you couldn’t try in one day. Before trying many hot and nutritious dishes like bigos or kiełbasa try as a starter oscypek (a type of smoked cheese made in Polish mountains). It tastes the best grilled with a bit of cranberry souse.

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What to buy?

Once you are warm and well fed it is time to look around the shops and maybe find some gifts for the loved ones. The variety of items that can be purchased includes Christmas decoration, lewellery, pottery, metalwork, paintings, sculptures and more… It’s also worth mentioning candy stores that look simply amazing and provide colorful sweets like candies, lollipops, ginger breads and fudge.



Why is Nativity Scene important to see?

The Kraków Nativity Scenes is a unique style of art in the whole world and the tradition of making them comes from 19th century. Those beautiful and incredibly detailed sculptures are exhibited thanks to the annual contest. Every year on first Thursday of December (7th Dec 2017) around noon in front of Adam Mickiewicz monument in the Main Square crib makers are gathered in order to show their newest crafts. Families and tourists and TV camera operators’ teams surround them with admiration and the winner is revealed later by a special Jury (Museum’s Director, ethnologists, art historians, artists, employees of Historical and Ethnographic Museums). After the competition it is possible to admire contest’s exhibition, which takes place on the Krzysztofory Palace ground floor.


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Sacrum Profanum 2017



Sacrum Profanum  start on 26 September and finish on 1 October, it’s a time of magnificent music which will take you to unreal Word.

Sacrum Profanum Festival is an international project that has earned the status of one of the most interesting European music events. The festival presents newest music and is aimed at blurring the line between contemporary music, often treated as difficult and incomprehensible, and the developments of ambitious entertainment and the experimental scene. Its importance is created, on one hand, by the participation of the best ensembles playing contemporary music, e.g. Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kronos Quartet, and, on the other hand, by the presence of stars of the world alternative scene, including Aphex Twin, Jónsi, Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Kraftwerk and Sigur Rós. „ – this short descriptions perfectly shows festival’s atmosphere.


Avant-garde, erotica, post-internet, Romanian Spectralism, early music, musical outsiders… A total of six days, twenty concerts, a plethora of uncomfortable questions and as many satisfying answers.

Everything about this amazing event (tickets, programme) you can find on the website

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Miejskie Granie 2017 in Cracow


Live concerts for free!

If you like live music, this event is for you! You can know quiet a lot really good polish music bands. And YOU CAN DO IT FOR FREE! Miejskie Granie  is related to famous event, named Męskie Granie which takes place in  few bigger cities in Poland during last few years. It’s nearly impossible to get tickets for these concerts, which are sold in few minutes.  You have a chance to listen part of this concerts in Cracow.  Everything happens in  Dolnych Młynów (you can read about this place in article below) in every weekend you can come to the show in Samo Ż. For free you can hear young and famous polish artists.  Amazing event, great atmosphere guaranteed!!! Listen fantastic music and have fun !


Here you have a plan of concerts!


Always have music in you!

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Kraków Picnic!

Kraków Picnic !

Open air events and happenings

ALEX During all weekends in the summer, the Bednarski Park, Kościuszki Park, Zalew Nowohucki, Planty turn into huge picnic spots! You can catch up with friends, maybe do a bit of exercise, and – obligatory at a picnic! – snack on a little something directly from local producers and restaurateurs. There will be outdoor games for kids, artistic workshops and meetings with experts in all kinds of fields. Activities include culinary demonstrations, acrobatic exercises, bike polo tournaments, activities for expecting mums and yoga on the grass. And you’ll be able to hire free picnic blankets!

You have to go there and relax! Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city !

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The Kraków Picnic is a long-running tradition of families taking to the countryside for rest and relaxation during the summer months. Spending the holidays in the city is a perfect opportunity to reconnect with Kraków’s green spaces.

See you there!!!

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Just one night in a year on 17th of June, you can’t miss it! The 11th Theatre Night, dozens of performances and accompanying events are shown on Krakow’s stages and throughout the city.


This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see how scenery is constructed, what is hidden behind the scenes, what a theatrical wardrobe looks like. A lot of performances are in Polish, but we can join a few events.

In Bagatela Theatre you can see the premier of Hollow Shells. Pavane with Shakespeare is presented by Court Ballet. The Opera Kraków invite you to join the concert Pensive Moon, Distant Stars. Moreover, if you like film music you can go to Variete Theathre, there you will hear recalls of the greatest hits of film music. At 16 in the Main Market Square Theatre KTO will present one of their performance Peregrinus. Really worth to see! Not far away for them Wokół Centrum Group will present moving dance spectacle The Mourners by the Town Hall Tower. Also there you can admire a demonstration of fire juggling by the Kraków Street Theathre.


Entry to all shows and events is free; however, you need to reserve seats at the theaters beforehand.

More information and schedule you can find on the website:,0,1,program.html

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