History

History

The Branch was established in 1958. It collects historical objects of Jewish culture, mainly those connected with the history and culture of Kraków's Jews. It spreads knowledge about the life, culture and tradition of the Jewish community by various exhibitions, educational activities, and promotes and provides access to a specialized book collection.
This is the oldest synagogue to  have survived in Poland. It was built in the15th century in the style of German and Bohemian Gothic synagogues. In 1570 it was reconstructed by the Italian architect Mateo Gucci, who gave it a Renaissance form, although he left the former, double-nave plan of the building and reconstructed its vaulting. In the 2nd half of 16th and the 1st half of the 17th century the synagogue complex consisted of a vestibule, two houses of prayers and a building of community management. All the buildings together formed the religious-administrative centre of the Jewish community in Kazimierz. Before World War I and after it ended, it was renovated many times, according to plans drawn by Zygmunt Hendel in 1904, 1913 and 1923. In 1941, during the period when the Germans were establishing ghetto in Kraków, the synagogue was taken over by German Fiduciary Office (Treuhandstelle), and used as a warehouse. Its furnishings were destroyed. At the end of 1944, the ceiling collapsed or perhaps it was destroyed intentionally. Between 1956 and 1959 the synagogue was reconstructed. Based on an agreement from 30  October 1959 between the Jewish Religious Community in Kraków and Kraków's HistoricalMuseum  a museum was established in it: a  Branch of Jewish History and Culture.

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24 Szeroka Street, 31-053 Kraków
Phone: (+48) 12 422 09 62, 12 431 05 45
Fax: (+48) 12 431 05 45
e-mail: starasynagoga@muzeumkrakowa.pl

Manager: senior custodian Eugeniusz Duda

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Opening hours:

winter season (November – March)
Monday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
Tuesday - Sunday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

summer season (April – October)
Monday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
Tuesday - Sunday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
ADMISSION IS FREE ON MONDAYS

Exhibition tickets:

regular 11 PLN
reduced 9 PLN
reduced group ticket 8 PLN
regular group ticket 9 PLN
family 22 PLN
guide 100 PLN per group + ticket (service reservation: Visitor Centre, Sukiennice, Rynek Główny 1)
charge for hiring an audio-guide 10 PLN

Tickets can be purchased in the branch ticket office or in the Visitor Centre, Sukiennice, Rynek Główny 1.

Dear visitors!
We encourage you for touring our exhibition with audio guide. Now you can LISTEN TO the description of the most interesting objects.
Rent: 10 PLN plus reflexive bail (50 PLN) or document of identity. Audio guide is available in the following languages: Polish, Hebrew, English, German. You will find the additional information in the cash desk.