This one-time Habsburg prison was opened as a Museum of the Antiquities way, way back in 1850. And because of that it won't have the type of interactive exhibits or even detailed wall text that help contemporary museum goers make sense of what they're seeing. It still is a place of wonders, however. Its collection of Egyptian sarcophagi, figurines, and cat mummies are discoveries made at El Hibeh from the 22nd dynasty. (Resins from southern Poland are said to be used in the embalming process, although further explanation is not given.) In dark corners, you'll find displays of masks, coins and pottery. Another of the three floors of this fascinating if fusty museum contains finds made around the Maƚopolska region, covering a dizzying array of historic periods. Despite the maps and models, the exhibits are not fully documented and you walk past a blur of bracelets, swords and pots trying to link the lifelike figures of early man with the tools and jewelry he created. It’s at the same time puzzling and intriguing (take a guided tour if you can). And then, you walk out to find a sunny spot to sit in the majestic garden out front, pleased that you’d paid the modest admission fee but somehow no wiser about Egypt or Maƚopolska.
Ul. Senacka 3
Our Rating Neighborhood Old Town Transportation All trams to Poczta Gƚówny Phone 012/422-71-00 Web site Archaeological Museum
MapUl. Senacka 3 Krakow
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