Set in Kazimierz Town Hall, a striking building dating back to the 1500s, the Ethnographic Museum is imaginative, thorough and surprisingly entertaining. Starting through the main entrance with five life-size reproductions of peasant houses from specific villages in Poland—note the tiny beds, bizarre snowshoes, and cheese presses—the permanent exhibition moves upstairs to the extensive section concentrating on the life cycle in rural Poland in the 19th-and early 20th-centuries. Birth, toys, pastimes, school, farm life, work,  church, weddings, political life, military service, institutions, newspapers, music, and family celebrations are exhaustively illustrated with a wealth of material (artifacts, film, interviews) with explanations also given in English.