History

History

Consecutive in Marksmen Guild's history residence, traditionally called Celeste (from German Zielstätte, Eng. Shooting range), built in extreme short time: between June and October of 1837 in Rifle Garden. The authors of neo-gothic construction in Kraków are Tomasz Majewski and Franciszek Lanci. The opening ceremony was 15th October of 1837. At the turn of 1874/1975, architect Adam Nowicki on the order of guild, expanded Celeste. First it became an impressive Rifle Room, and then it was the greatest ballroom in Kraków. In Celeste rifle keepsakes were collected, guests were entertained (twice Emperor Franz Joseph I, his son archduke Rudolf, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, gen. Józef Haller, marshal Józef Piłsudski, Polish presidents Stanisław Wojciechowski and Ignacy Mościcki), and most the importantly guild's rituals like election of the guild's king were continued. The launch of World War II deprived the Guild of Celeste and Rifle Garden. They were seized by the Germans. Also at that time, Germans had setup a delousing station there for the soldiers returning from the eastern front. After the war, the new Polish government had refused to hand over the property to Marksmen Guild despite its dissolution in 1957. In 1990, the Rifle Garden and Celeste estate was finally returned to its legitimate owner. By virtue of Museum of History and rifle Fellowship historical agreement, a branch of Museum of History was created in Celeste with Kraków Marksmen Guild History exhibition which opened on the 21st of June 1997 honoring the 160th anniversary of Garden's opening.

 



16 Lubicz Street, 31-504 Kraków
phone: +48 12 429-37-91, +48 12 431-75-90
fax: +48 12 429-37-91
e-mail: celestat@mhk.pl

Manager: custodian Małgorzata Niechaj


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Opening hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10.30 am - 6 pm


Exhibition tickets:

regular: 11 PLN
concessionary: 7 PLN
family: 22 PLN
groups: 7 PLN
groups concessionary: 6 PLN
tickets availble on Monday: 4 PLN
guide in English 120 PLN per group + tickets


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