Hutten-Czapski Museum

Krakow, Poland

 
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Hutten-Czapski Museum
Hutten-Czapski Museum
Hutten-Czapski Museum
Hutten-Czapski Museum
Hutten-Czapski Museum
Address
33-332 ul. Pilsudskiego 12
Krakow
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Poland
Phone Number
+48 12 4335840
Located in a 19th century neo-Renaissance palace in the centre of Krakow, this branch of the Krakow National Museum is home to a comprehensive collection of Polish 'numismatics' - that is, antique Polish coins, banknotes and medals. The collection of Emeryk Hutten-Czapski, who once owned the place, old books, manuscripts, maps and other souvenirs from the medieval period up to today. The screens are beautiful and for more info (in Polish and English) about each artefact is transmitted via the touch-screen computers. Guarded by a fantastic gargoyle on the front, the palace and gardens are beautifully restored, and in April 2016 has seen the opening of the Jozef Czapski Pavilion separate modern, the exhibition hall behind the main palace, and home to a biographical exhibition on Jozef Czapski (artist, author, patriot and grandson of Emeryk), in addition to the temporary exhibitions. Your ticket is good for both, but in spite of the world-class displays, it should probably be reserved for die hard Polish patriots with a fascination for coin collecting. Is that you?
Wikipedia

The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum (Also the Czapski Museum) is a branch of the National Museum of Cracow, 12 Pilsudski Street, Cracow.Count Emeryk Hutten-Czapski,(born 17 of October 1828 in Stankow near Minsk, died 23 of July 1896 in Krakow) was a Vice-Governor of St Petersburg and an important collector of books, prints, and numismatics. He built his collection at his family estate in Stankow, today in Belarus. Fearing for the safety of the collection, being close to Russia, he moved the collection to Cracow. In 1894, he purchased a 19th century palace, on what is today 12 Pilsudski Street, and built an addition to house his collection. He personally catalogued the collection. He passed away in 1896, before the addition was finished. His wife, Baroness Elzbieta Meyendorff, completed the construction of the addition, and in 1904, as per her husband´s request, donated the collection to the city of Cracow. The museum displays the Czapski crest on the outside, along with the inscription on the pediment: "Monumentis Patriae Naufragio Ereptis" (Patriotic Monuments Saved from the Destruction of the Storm).The collection originally contained more than 11,000 coins, medals, orders, prints and books. Upon the death of Bogdan Hutten-Czapski, a nephew of Emeryks, his large collection of books and prints was added to the museum library. The museum continually received generous donations from other coin collectors. Important donations came from Wiktor Wittyg, Zygmunt Zakrzewski, Franciszek Piekosinski, Karol Halama, and Piotr Uminski, among others. At the outbreak of World War I, in 1914, the collection was stored in barrels. The museum was reopened in 1917 and once again at the outset of World War II, in 1939, was closed and the collection was again safeguarded. Since 1939 the museum remained closed to the public. With funding from the European Regional Development Fund of the European Economic Community the project of the European Centre of Numismatics in Cracow could be completed,and the restored museum and gardens were opened once again to the public in 2013. The museum has been renovated to a world class museum with touch screens throughout, explaining the different exhibits in Polish and English.In April 2016, on the gardens of the museum, a pavilion was erected to commemorate Emeryk´s grandson, Jozef Czapski. Jozef was an eminent Polish intellectual, writer, painter and critic. The modern pavilion displays Czpaski´s diaries, paintings, and contains various multimedia presentations. The layout of the Pavilion´s permanent exhibition was designed by Krystyna Zachwatowicz and her husband, the film director Andrjey Wajda.

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