National Museum in Krakow – Gallery of The 19th-Century Polish Art the Sukiennice (The Cloth Hall)

Rynek Główny 3, 31-042 Kraków
Opening hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


One of Poland’s largest permanent exhibitions of 19th-century Polish painting and sculpture.

In 1879, the Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) were chosen as the seat of the then being formed National Museum, whose collection began with the Polish painter Henryk Siemiradzki, who offered the museum’s founder his Pochodnie Nerona (Nero’s Torches). The Gallery houses works by such artists as: Piotr Michałowski, Jan Matejko, Jacek Malczewski, Artur Grottger, Józef Chełmoński and Leon Wyczółkowski.

Following a complete renovation and modernization, the Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art was reopened in 2010. While the Gallery’s appearance remains faithful to the 19th century, it is a Museum of the 21st century. The historical building is now home to spaces that enable interactive viewing of the works of art and multi-faceted education.

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