Ethnographic Museum – Main Building and Esterka's House

Plac Wolnica 1, 31-066 Kraków
Opening hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 11.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.

Thursday: 11.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

Sunday: 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.


The Museum was created in 1911 on the initiative of Seweryn Udziela – a teacher, amateur-ethnographer and collector.

It is located in the building of the old Kazimierz Town Hall, erected in the 15th century in the Gothic style, and expanded in the Renaissance style over the next centuries.

The Town Hall features an exhibition of Polish folk culture and the second building of the museum – the so-called Esterka's House – contains temporary displays in its beautifully vaulted cellar. Derived from a small collection gathered by Seweryn Udziela, the current collections include around 80 thousand showpieces. Their significant part comes from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

As a certain "lair" of the peasant culture in Kraków, The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum invites all visitors to view its precious collections. These collections significantly help understand the fascination artists manifested for folklore with its vigour and liveliness, in which they saw an antidote to stagnation and cultural crisis among Polish intelligentsia from the turn of the 20th century.

Translation: Summa Linguae

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