The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) is a huge market hall (first in the world, btw) was built in the 13th century in the middle of Main Market Square (Rynek Główny). It was, enlarged in the 14th century in the Gothic style and remodelled again and one more time in the mid-16th century after Renaissance fashion.
This building became the city’s showpiece facility hosting grand balls and patriotic celebrations. Its location and character made the space on the first floor of the Sukiennice a perfect place for the National Museum in Krakow (19th Century Polish Art Gallery).
The Museum includes paintings and sculptures representing the era and the most important trends in Polish art of the nineteenth century. Almost everything by Jan Matejko here is rightly considered a national treasure, and the collection also includes works by Jacek Malczewski, Józef Chełmoński and Stanisław Witkiewicz, as well as Władysław Podkowiński's famous 'Frenzy' from 1894.
19th Century Polish Art Gallery is like a small slice of the Louvre in Kraków, but without the crowds. Enjoy a coffee at their cafe with one of a kind views of the Market Square and Saint Mary's Basilica.