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4 Must-See Museums in Krakow and How to Visit

Krakow is home to a host of great museums. Here are some of the best.
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Once the capital of Poland, Krakow may be best known for its castle and charming Old Town. But those who want a deeper introduction to Polish history can head to the city’s plethora of interesting, informative museums. Here are a few top picks.

1. Oskar Schindler's Factory

The white exterior of Oskar Schindler's Factory in Krakow, Poland.
Oskar Schindler's Factory from the outside.Photo Credit: Agnes Kantaruk / Shutterstock

For rotating exhibits.

A former enamel factory, Oskar Schindler's Factory today is home to a permanent exhibition telling the story of the Nazi occupation of Krakow, in addition to a number of rotating temporary exhibitions.

How to Visit: Join a small-group walking or Segway tour of Krakow's Jewish quarter, or book a private tour for a more in-depth experience.

2. Ghetto Eagle Pharmacy Museum

The entry to Ghetto Eagle Pharmacy Museum in Krakow in Poland.
Ghetto Eagle Pharmacy Museum is a popular destination.Photo Credit: gubate / Shutterstock

For Holocaust remembrance.

Located within the boundaries of the former Jewish ghetto, the Eagle Pharmacy Museum commemorates both the Holocaust and the memory of pharmacy owner Tadeusz Pankiewicz, who operated his business during the Nazi occupation.

How to Visit: Book a one- or two-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour and make this museum one of your stops, or join a tour focusing on Krakow's Jewish district, Kazimierz.

3. Stained Glass Museum

Work on display at the Stained Glass Museum in Krakow in Poland.
Work on display at the Stained Glass Museum.Photo Credit: Elzbieta Krzysztof / Shutterstock

For stained glass creation.

Visit this century-old stained-glass workshop to watch masters at work and learn the process behind the creation of large-scale stained glass installations.

How to Visit: Admission is only possible as part of a tour, offered hourly in English. 

4. National Museum Krakow

Exterior of the National Museum Krakow.
National Museum Krakow from the outside.Photo Credit: Agnes Kantaruk / Shutterstock

For Polish works.

Founded in the late 19th century, the National Museum Krakow, or MNK, is the primary branch of Poland's National Museum and is home to nearly 800,000 pieces of art, including a large collection of Polish works.

How to Visit: Make the museum a stop on a one- or two-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour.

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