Historical Museum of the City of Kraków – The Hipolitów House

Address:
Plac Mariacki 3, 31-042 Kraków
E-Mail:
hipolitow@mhk.pl
WWW:
www.mhk.pl
Opening hours:

Summer season (April – October): Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Winter season (November – March): Wednesday, Friday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Admission to the permanent exhibition is free on Wednesdays.

Description

The Hipolitów House is a 14th century tenement. It is named after the family of rich merchants who owned it in the 16th century.

The first and the second floors house the permanent exhibition “Municipal House”. It shows residential interiors from the 17th to the 19th century. On the first floor there are several rooms, a small study from the 17th century, and a study adorned with stuccos by Baltazar Fontana and a Rococo polychrome.

The next room is an 18th century bedroom, furnished with inlaid furniture in Chippendale style. Further on there is a parlour furnished with pieces of furniture of various styles. The largest of the rooms is the room of an art collector, filled with furniture, paintings, glass, and most of all clocks. The clock collection is among the largest in Poland and includes many rarities.

On the second floor there is the apartment of a wealthy Krakow family. In its centre is a strikingly excessively furnished dining room, characteristic of the 19th century. The parlour is furnished in a similar way. However, a much more intimate mood prevails in the hosts’ bedroom. The grandmother’s room is a somewhat old-style interior, full of trinkets and filled with an atmosphere of Reminiscence.

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