Amber Museum

ul. Świętego Jana 2, 31-018 Kraków


A new place has recently appeared on the tourist map of Kraków: the first Amber Museum in town, whose 300 m2 of space is filled with information on amber, its origin, history and present state, presented in a way that is attractive and multifaceted.

There are many places of this kind in the world, but it is the first truly professional private Amber Museum in Poland. Its mission is education and one of the tools used to realise it is an exhibition entitled Amber – its beauty and history, prepared by the Museum of the Earth of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, which shows the natural beauty and uniqueness of Baltic amber and shares knowledge about its origin and history. The uncommon arrangement of the exhibition deserves attention: the showcases display the natural forms of this fossilised resin combined with inspiring examples of its use in contemporary art, and archaeological findings combined with amber jewellery that looks as if it was among those findings.

Showing the nature and history of amber through the prism of the contemporary world offers a different and more interesting perspective, sparking interest even in the most ardent layman. Maybe now it will be easier to understand why so many people on earth believe that amber is the most beautiful of all stones?

Within its educational mission, the museum also runs the Amber Laboratory, where a state-of-the-art spectrometer – the only such device in Kraków and one of the three in whole Poland – is used to study amber's authenticity. The stone is so valuable and desired that there are lots of imitations and modifications that are hard to spot. This is why the evaluation of amber's authenticity calls for advanced technology, which is available for all those interested at the museum. The findings are certified by a special certificate.

Translation: Summa Linguae

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