Wawel Royal Castle’s most popular exhibition, the State Rooms, will once again welcome visitors beginning on June 27, with a number of surprises. Two charming, never-before accessible spaces – the Dutch Cabinet and the Collector’s Cabinet will now be open to visitors. There will be special showing of our most recent acquisition – a magnificent Renaissance jewel with a scene from the story of Tarquin and Lucretia. Viewing the legendary Wawel Heads in the Envoys’ Hall will be easier thanks to a newly installed mirror. Good news for parents – a new baby changing station is available next to the Planets Room (please see exhibition staff for access).
To celebrate the reopening, join us online on June 27 at 6:00 p.m. for a violin concert transmitted live on Facebook and Instagram.
The Dutch Cabinet is modeled on 17th-century Dutch interiors and holds a collection of forty-nine Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. The pictures, donated to the Wawel museum, come from the collections of Leon Piniński, Jerzy Mycielski, and the Lwów picture gallery of the Miączyński-Dzieduszycki family.
The Collector’s Cabinet is designed to evoke the art and curiosity cabinets that became popular in the early 17th century among Antwerp’s collectors and art lovers. The cabinets were rooms in which works of art including paintings, sculptures, prints, and decorative arts objects were collected alongside works of nature such as semiprecious stones and seashells. The most notable objects in the Wawel cabinet include a triptych with a scene of the Epiphany and the Crucifixion by BartholomaeusBruyn.
Tuesday-Sunday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, sales till 4:00 pm, last visitor entry 4:15 pm disinfection break: 1:00 pm-1:30 pm, last visitor entry before break – 12:30 pm