National Museum in Krakow

Krak贸w, Poland

National Museum in Krakow


The National Museum in Krak贸w (Polish: Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie), popularly abbreviated as MNK, is the largest museum in Poland, and the main branch of Poland's National Museum, which has several independent branches with permanent collections around the country. Established in 1879, the Museum consists of 21 departments which are divided by art period: 11 galleries, 2 libraries, and 12 conservation workshops. It holds some 780,000 art objects, spanning from classical archeology to modern art, with special focus on Polish painting.

Krak贸w National Museum was first housed at the upper floor of the Renaissance Sukiennice building located at the Main Square in the Krak贸w Old Town, now home to one of its most popular divisions in the city. The construction of the Museum's contemporary New Main Building located at 3 Maja Street, started in 1934, but was interrupted by World War II. It was fully completed only in 1992, after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. The collections 鈥 consisting of several hundred thousand items in total 鈥 are kept in big part in the Main Building where the administrative offices are located, but also in the nine of its divisions around the city.

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