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Kraków Saltworks Museum in Wieliczka
about 10 km from Kraków
The museum has two exhibition spaces:
Wieliczka, ul. Zamkowa 8
phone +48 12 289 16 00
October – April 8:30am-3:30pm
May – September 9am-8pm
tickets PLN 4/3, family PLN 10,
free admission on Saturdays
Central Castle the oldest structure of the castle complex was built at the end of the 13th century. It is currently open to tourists. It houses three permanent exhibitions devoted to archaeology, history of the town, and a huge collection of... saltcellars. Visitors can also see a magnificent representative chamber called the Gothic Room. The other part of the complex accessible to the tourists is a 14th-century guard tower, the only facility preserved from the system of Wieliczka's medieval urban fortifications.
On 23 June 2013, the Saltworks Castle was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List (expanding the entry for the Wieliczka Salt Mine).
Salt Cellars – Small Masterpieces – shepherdesses sitting on baskets, ships complete with sailors, a boy riding a sleigh, a seashell with a Cupid, a car, an aeroplane, a locomotive... Those are just some of the salt cellars on display at the newly opened permanent exhibition.
(photo courtesy of the museum)
Wieliczka, ul. Daniłowicza 10
The exhibition has been located on the 3rd level of Wieliczka Salt Mine (135 meters underground). It is accessilbe togetherwith the ticket to the tourist route through the mine.
Tourist Help Desk: phone +48 12 278 58 49
- from November to March: Mon-Sun 8am-5pm
- from April to October: Mon-Sun 7:30am-7:30pm
- PLN 52/38, family PLN 142 – Polish guided tour
- PLN 75/60, family PLN 210 – foreign langugage guided tour
The nature of underground work, linked to numerous threats to life and health of miners, influenced establishment of underground places of worship. Most frequently encountered in the mine were scenes of Crucifixion, represented at the exhibition by wooden crucifixes from the period between the 17th and the 19th centuries. At the exhibition, attention should first of all be devoted to the original painting on a board – The Guardian Angel from 1691, which constitutes the oldest example of painting from the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
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