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Wawel Royal Castle
State Art Collection

31-001 Kraków, Wawel 5

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(+48 12) 422-51-55, 422-61-21
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Events, News (archives)

Museum Night at Wawel Royal Castle

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Museum Night at Wawel Royal Castle:
“State Rooms” exhibition  and “The Lost Museum” Multimedia Presentation
May 19/20, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – midnight (last visitor entry)
Gates: Bernardyńska adn Herbowa closed from 6:30 p.m.m
Important notice:  on Sunday, October 22, 2017, until 12:30 p.m. only the Bernardyńska Gate entrance will be open. Please plan accordingly.

Sigismund II Augustus’s Armorial Tapestry from Vilnius

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A Special Showing at the Wawel Royal Castle
17 October 2015 – 17 January 2016

The Wawel Royal Castle is pleased to present a rare armorial tapestry woven for Sigismund II Augustus (1520–1572), king of Poland and grand duke of Lithuania. The tapestry is preserved in the collections of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius.

Museum Night at Wawel Castle

ay 13/14, 2016, 7:00 p.m. to midnight (last visitor entry) 
In conjunction with preparations for Museum Night, Wawel Hill’s two main entrances – the Herbowa and Bernardyńska Gats – will close at 7:00 p.m. The Visitors Center will close at 6:30 p.m. 
Museum Night participants are invited to enter through the Senator’s Gate beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

ArtSherlock - a mobile application

ArtSherlock - a breakthrough in the identification of art looted in Poland during World War II

"Wawel Architecture and Gardens" Tour

Announcing a new outdoor walking tour: "Wawel Architecture and Gardens", which will include the reconstructed and restored Royal Gardens.

Historic tapestries return to Poland

On January 8, 2015, at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony attended by Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Grzegorz Schetyna, Prof. Jan Ostrowski, Director of the Wawel Royal Castle received two 18th-century silk tapestries, Flora and Leda.

Wawel Portals: Beyond Time and Space

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For “Museum Night 2014” contemporary Krakow artist Jani Konstantinovski-Puntos created a special multimedia display for the Wawel Castle.

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The Sapieha Library at the Wawel Royal Castle
This exhibition is the first large-scale presentation of selected volumes from the Sapieha library. The collection was acquired from Michael Sapieha in 2013, thanks to a grant from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

“Night of Museums” at Wawel Castle

State Rooms, “The Lost Museum,” and a Special Multimedia Performance
May 16/17 2014
The Wawel Castle exhibitions will be closed on April 19 and 20 in observance of Easter.
On Monday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. two exhibitions - "The Crown Treasury and Armoury" and "The Lost Wawel" - will be open. Free admission - please pick up free pass at the ticket counter in the Visitors Center.

The Wawel Royal Castle has joined GOTHIC IVORIES

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The Wawel Royal Castle has joined the international GOTHIC IVORIES research project.
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New Publication
The Renaissance Wawel. Building the Royal Residence
Andrzej Fischinger, Marcin Fabiański

Focusing on the building works between 1504 and 1548, the book relates the history of the construction of the Renaissance castle on Wawel Hill, one of the grandest Italianate residences in Central Europe.

Museum Night

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May 17/18, 2013
7:00 p.m. – midnight

Entrance is through the Senator’s Gate (from the Bernardyńska Street side).

Easter hours 2012
  • March 30, 31 (Saturday, Sunday) – all exhibitions are closed
  • April 1 (Monday) – only the Crown Treasury and Armoury and the Lost Wawel exhibitions will be open

    10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry 1 hour before exhibitions close), admission is free (please pick up free admission ticket at the ticket office)

Please note - on December 31, 2012 and January 1, 2013 all exhibitions will be closed.
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Holiday Hours:
- December 24 and 25, 2012 all exhibitions will be closed
- December 26, 2012 only permanent exhibitions will be open
    10:00 am -6:00 pm; Please note: last entry 1 hour before exhibition closes!
- December 31, 2012 and January 1, 2013 all exhibitions wil be closed
Best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season and a healthy and happy New Year!
Response to the "Modern Patriotism" free admission program surpassed our wildest expectations. Over 118,000 visitors toured the castle's exhibitions in November. We regret that we were unable to accommodate everyone, however, we'd like to remind our visitors that throughout the entire winter season the Wawel Castle's "State Rooms" and "Lost Wawel" exhibitions are free on Sundays. Just pick up a pass at one of the ticket windows!
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Due to the renovation work underway in the exterior courtyard, some access routes have been changed. The luggage room at the Bernardyńska Gate will be closed from September 24 (Monday), 2012. Visitors with large luggage will not be permitted to enter the Wawel Hill.

“Modern Patriotism” – November at Four Royal Residences

Free admission to Wawel exhibitions:
All of Wawel’s exhibitions will be available free of charge throughout November. Please pick up a free pass at the ticket office. (Space is limited due to conservation restrictions.)
Please note - on Saturday, September 1, 2012
the Arcaded Courtyard will be closed from 4 p.m. and the Wawel Hill will be closed from 6:30 p.m.
Please note - on Thursday, June 7, 2012:
  • all Castle exhibitions open 10:00 a.m -5:00 p.m. (last entry 1 hour before exhibitions close)
  • Dragon's Den and Sandomierska Tower open 10:00 a.m -7:00 p.m.

Please note that for this summer season, from April 1 through October 31, new hours and admission fees will be in effect. Attention - Dragon's Den open from April 10, 2012.

Easter hours 2012

  • April 7, 8 (Saturday, Sunday) – all exhibitions are closed
  • April 9 (Monday) – only the Crown Treasury and Armoury and the Lost Wawel exhibitions will be open

    10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry 1 hour before exhibitions close), admission is free (please pick up free admission ticket at the ticket office)

Free admission – last two Sundays in March

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On March 18 and 25, 2012 admission to the following exhibitions will be free: State Rooms, Crown Treasury and Armoury and Košice Gold Treasue.
Attention
Due to annual conservation reviews the exhibition Crown Treasury and Armoury will be temporarily closed: February 28 - March 12, 2012

Restored Matejko painting - special showing

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Restored Matejko painting – The Murder of Wapowski during the Coronation of Henry of Valois – goes on view for the first time in over 100 years.
Special showing at the Wawel Royal Castle - January 10–22, 2012

Holiday Hours

December 24 and 25, 2011 – all exhibitions closed

December 26, 2011:
State Rooms – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lost Wawel - 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Princes Sapieha: Art Patrons and Collectors - 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wawel Legends: Children’s Book Illustration - 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Please note: last entry 1 hour before exhibition closes!

December 31, 2011:
State Rooms – 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Crown Treasury and Armoury - 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lost Wawel - 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Princes Sapieha: Art Patrons and Collectors - 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wawel Legends: Children’s Book Illustration - 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Please note: last entry 1 hour before exhibition closes!

January 1, 2012 – all exhibitions closed
On Three King’s Day (January 6)
the following exhibitions will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.:
  • State Rooms
  • Royal Private Apartments
  • Crown Treasury and Armoury
  • Oriental Art (entry times: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
  • Wawel Legends: Children’s Book Illustration (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Last entry one hour before closing time.
Please note:
on December 16, 2011 the exhibition "The Lost Wawel" will close at 1:00 p.m.

Her Majesty’s Painter

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photo - courtesy of the artist
A meeting with Richard Stone, Portrait Painter to the British Royal Family. Mr. Stone’s talk will offer a fascinating insight into his life as the British Royal portrait painter and his encounters with his many famous sitters. Talk will be given in English with Polish translation.
October 13, 2011 (Thursday), 5:00 p.m.
Wawel Royal Castle – Exhibition and Conference Center
Admission is free.
The Brama Herbowa entrance (from Kanonicza Street) will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2011. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please note - August 15, 2011 open The Lost Wawel and Crown Treasury & Armoury:
  • 10am-5pm, admission free (free admission ticket must be collected from the ticket office),
  • last entry 1 hour before exhibitions close
  • there are daily limits to the number of visitors

Dragon's Den and Sandomierska Tower open 10am-7pm.
All other exhibition closed.
Important notice
July 9 and 10, 2011 the Arcaded Courtyard and the Wawel Hill will close early due to preparations for evening performances:
  • 9 July 2011 - the Arcaded Courtyard closes at 6:00 p.m.
  • 10 July 2011 - the Arcaded Courtyard closes at 5:00 p.m., the Wawel Hill closes at 7:00 p.m.
On Thursday, June 23, 2011 all exhibitions will be open 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., the Dragon's Den will be open 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
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Please note – there will be important changes in visitor traffic flow on April 10, 2011 in conjunction with the ceremonies commemorating the first anniversary of the Smolensk plane crash.

Summer Hours

Please note that for this summer season, from April 1 through October 31, new hours and admission fees will be in effect.
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Edward Dwurnik
Battles of Grunwald
Temporary exhibition of the paintings and two series of sketches.
Attention

Please note that for this winter season, from November 2 through March 31, new hours and admission fees will be in effect.
On November 11, 2010 all exhibitions of Wawel Royal Castle will be closed to visitors.

"The Token of a Magnificent Victory"

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To mark the six-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald
Temporary exhibition, July 15th - September 30th.
Last days - free entrance on September 29, 30
On July 31and August 1, 2010 the Arcaded Courtyard and the Wawel Hill will be closed to visitors:
  • July 31 (Saturday) - Arcaded Courtyard from 5p.m., Wawel Hill from 7p.m.
  • August 1 (Sunday) - Arcaded Courtyard from 5.30p.m., Wawel Hill from 7p.m.

Early closing notice:

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, the Arcaded Courtyard will close at 4:00 p.m. due to preparations for the final concert of the “Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk” summer music festival. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Important notice

In conjunction with the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald on July 14 and 15, the following changes will be in effect...
On June 1-5, 2010 the Arcaded Courtyard and the Wawel Hill will be closed to visitors:
  • June 1 - Arcaded Courtyard from 6p.m.
  • June 2 - Arcaded Courtyard from 5p.m., Wawel Hill from 7p.m.
  • June 3 - Arcaded Courtyard from 5p.m., Wawel Hill from 7p.m.
  • June 4 - Arcaded Courtyard from 6p.m.
  • June 5 - Arcaded Courtyard from 5p.m., Wawel Hill from 7p.m.

The Royal Castle and Wawel Hill in photographs by Piotr Kłosek

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Wawel – the Royal Castle and Wawel Hill in photographs by Piotr Kłosek.
A new publication.
Please note - hours extended for selected exhibitions May 1-3:

On Monday, May 3, the following exhibtions will be open from 10:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. (last entry at 3:00 p.m.):
    - The Lost Wawel
    - Royal Treasury and Armoury
Admission is free - please pick up free ticket at the ticket office.

 From May 1 through 3 the Dragon's Den will be open from 10:00 a.m. to
8:00 p.m.

On Monday, May 3 ticket offices open at 9:30 a.m.
In conjunction with the funeral of the President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczyński and First Lady Maria Kaczyńska (April 18, Sunday) the Wawel Hill will be closed to visitors. The branch museums—the Castle of Pieskowa Skała and Stryszów Manor—will be closed.

Summer Hours

Please note that for this summer season, from April 1 through October 31, new hours and admission fees will be in effect.

ATTENTION

  • on June 3, 2010 all exhibition open 11am - 6 am
  • on June 3 – 6, 2010 Dragon's Den open 10am – 8 pm

Easter Hours

  • On April 3-4, 2010, all Wawel Castle exhibitions, including the Dragon's Den, will be closed in observance of Easter, but you are welcome to stroll the grounds.
  • On April 5, 2010 (Easter Monday) only the  Lost Wawel and the Crown Treasury and Armoury will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last entry at 3:00 p.m.), admission free (free admission ticket must be collected from the ticket office).

ATTENTION

On February 22, 2010 exhibition The lost Wawel will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ATTENTION
  • Due to conservation reviews the Royal State Rooms exhibition will be closed from 1st March to 22nd March.
  • On 7th, 14th and 21st March the Crown Treasury and Armoury exhibition will be open - free admission (tickets can be obtained in ticket office).
ATTENTION
The entrance gate on Wawel Hill located near Kanonicza street is closed until further notice due to heavy snowfall.
Please use the entrance gate located near Bernardyńska street.
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Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and the New Year !







  • on December 31, 2009 only State Rooms and Crown Treasury and Armoury will be open
  • on January 1, 2010 all Wawel Royal Castle exhibitions will be closed
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"The Prussian Homage. Matejko for Wawel – Wawel for Matejko"



Last days to see the "Prussian Homage" – exhibition closes December 12.

In 2007 the conservation of the monumental painting The Prussian Homage by Jan Matejko (1838–1893) was completed. Carried out by a team of conservators from the Wawel Royal Castle and the National Museum in Cracow, it returned the masterpiece to its former brilliance. The painting, along with its restored frame – also designed by Matejko – is on view in a special exhibition, which traces the stages of the conservation work. The exhibition has an added historical dimension: this is the first time since 1883, when a major anniversary exhibition of Matejko’s work was held here, that visitors will have the opportunity to see the Homage in the place for which the artist had intended it – the former residence of the Jagellons. After 125 years Matejko's vision has materialized.


New Combined Ticket 3+1
Beginning July 1, when you purchase three exhibitions (State Rooms, Royal Private Apartments, and Crown Treasury and Armoury) at the regular price, you get the fourth for 1 zł (Oriental Art or Lost Wawel – your choice).
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"Wawel Royal Castle. Twenty years of renovation 1990-2009"
Temporary exhibition September 16th - October 30th, 2009
Come see our newest exhibition in Krakow's Planty Park - open today (near Poselska street). The outdoor exhibition presents a summary of the most important conservation and restoration projects on Wawel Hill completed between 1990 and 2009. Exhibition opening at 12:00 noon. Everyone is welcome!

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"Acquisitions 2008"

Exhibition on view June 6 – September 27, 2009
The exhibition Acquisitions 2008 presents a selection of the works that entered the collections of the Wawel Royal Castle last year including valuable gold and silver objects, royal portraits, 18th-century tapestries, and Meissen porcelain.

The 10th Court Dance Festival

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1 August - 9 August 2009, Kraków

Villa Decius (Willa Decjusza), Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski na Wawelu),Main Market Square (Rynek Główny), National Museum in Kraków - The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace (Pałac Biskupa Erazma Ciołka), the streets of the Old Town.


On Wawel Royal Castle (Arcaded Courtyard):

  • 7 August 2009 (Friday) 20.00 - "The Legend of Queen Jadwiga"
  • 8 August 2009 (Saturday) 20.00 - "The Judgement of Paris"
  • 9 August 2009 (Sunday) 20.00 - the Kraków premiere of "Les Fetes d'Hébé ou Les Talents Lyriques"


Gallery of English Painting
Castle of Pieskowa Skala
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MUSEUM NIGHT ON WAWEL HILL

Visitors are welcome from 7:00 p.m. to midnight (last entry).

The State Rooms, the main exhibition in the Castle, which includes the Envoys’ Hall and Senators’ Hall, will be open for viewing. Visitors are also welcome to view Jan Matejko’s Prussian Homage.

Enter and exit through the Senators’ Gate – the other gates (Herbowa and Bernardyńska) will close at 7:00 p.m.

The Arcaded Courtyard closes at 5:00 p.m. to allow time for preparations.

Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk

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Summer Chamber Concerts
in the Castle’s Batory Courtyard made available exclusively for this concert series.

The 9th “Cracovia Danza” Court Dance Festival

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“Court Dance in Countries of the Orient”
August 2 – 10, 2008
Performances, concerts, presentations by children’s and youth dance ensembles, parades of performers, a grand ball for the public, dance workshops, lectures and an art exhibition devoted to Indian motifs found in European ballets...

12th Summer Opera Krakowska Festival

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The summertime opera meetings are well-placed in the landscape of cultural events in Kraków, and they are received with growing interest of the opera lovers from the city, the country and abroad.


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