Museum of the Jagiellonian University Collegium Maius

Collegium Maius


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Collegium Maius is the oldest university buildings in Poland, dating back to the 14th century. It was rebuilt in the second half of the 15th century in a late-Gothic style with a vast courtyard surrounded with arcades. In 1517 a well was built in the center of the courtyard. The famous courtyard clock performs a little show with wooden figures of kings and professors at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m (with extra shows in summer at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.). It is worth mentioning that Nicolaus Copernicus was a student there in 1490. The renowned Jagiellonian Library was located in the building until 1940.

After the renovation which took place in the years 1949-1964 the Museum of the Jagiellonian University was established in Collegium Maius. The museum located in historic rooms with original furnishing presents a collection of the old European art, unique science instruments, as well as the oldest surviving globe depicting the Americas. Downstairs there is a separate interactive exhibition entitled Everything is a number devoted to mathematics. It demonstrates mathematics` importance in life through 65 interesting experiments.

There is a gift shop Negotiolum, conference rooms, and a cellar cafe on the premises.

Permanent exhibition

Guided tour (in Polish) takes ca. 30 minutes in groups of up to 20 persons.

Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10:00 – 14:20, Tue 10:00 – 15:20, Sat 10:00 – 14:40 Note: Closed on Sundays. English guided tours possible after booking Mon – Fri 1 p.m.

Permanent exhibition together with the exhibition of scientific instruments and the gallery of Medieval sculpture

Mon – Fri, 1 p.m. guided tour in English, only after booking. Time – ca. 60 minutes.

Admission fees

Regular 12 PLN (temporary exhibition – 7 PLN)
Reduced 6 PLN (temporary exhibition – 5 PLN)
Children (under 7) free entrance
On Tuesdays admission free of charge in the afternoon.

Contact:

Address: ul. Jagiellońska 15, 31 – 010 Kraków
Phone (+48) 12 422 05 49
Booking (+48) 12 663 15 21
Booking in advance (+48) 12 422 27 34
e-mail: collegiummaius.info@uj.edu.pl
www: http://www.maius.uj.edu.pl/

Comments

  1. gg    

    Probably not so often visited as other museums. I like it very much, however. The main exhibition focuses on the astronomical instruments, highlighting the fact that Copernicus was studying at the Jagiellonian University. So, one can think for a while how the human thought was developing through ages. The other merit of the museum is that gives an insight into how the university’s professors lived.

  2. Ad de Kroon    

    Dear sir, madam,
    I really want to visit tomorrow (I’m so sorry, that I am so late, but I am only a few days in Karakov) the museum of the Collegium Majus. I did’nt know taht it is necessary to make a reservation.
    I hope that you can give me and my wife a time for a guided tour.
    Sincerely,
    Ad de Kroon.
    General director of the province of Limburg.

    1. vkp_gege    

      Visit to the museum is an excellent choice! Tomorrow, a guided tour in English is at 1p.m. You can make a reservation calling at +48 12 663 15 21 (BTW: It is not very clear according to the information at the museum’s webpage if you definitely need to make a reservation but it is recommended.)

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