Cyberteka. Kraków − time and space exhibition, organised as part of the Krzysztofory once again, the complete museum project, is the presentation venue for the museum achievements in the digital reconstruction of Kraków settlement and agglomeration, as well as for the programme of digitalising the museum collections. It is both an introduction to the future permanent exhibition in the Krzysztofory Palace, entitled Kraków from the beginning without an end, and an autonomous repository of knowledge about Kraków. Education and promotion of national heritage is an important objective of this project.
The exhibition spaces, spread over an area of 185 square metres, are localised on the second floor of the western wing of the Krzysztofory Palace, in ancient rooms with polychrome decorations from the turn of the 19th century. In its assumption, the project is open and will be systematically expanded and updated. In its present shape, the phenomenon of Kraków is exhibited in six stages, in the form of multimedia presentations.
In the first room, Cracovia Origo, the oldest history of Kraków is presented.
Space Two, Oppidum, is a story about the development of Kraków settlement (the Wawel town, Okół borough, other settlement centres) with the selected buildings of Romanesque architecture from the pre-incorporation times.
The next part of the exhibition, Civitas, tells us about the crucial event in the history of the town, i.e. granting town rights to Kraków by Duke Bolesław the Chaste on 5th June 1257 and the development of the town up to the end of the 15th century.
In the fourth space, Forum, urban development of Kraków from the 16th through the 18th centuries is presented, mostly on the basis of the Kraków Market Square.
The next, fifth space, Aglomeracja, is a story about the phenomenon of Kraków − Kazimierz − Kleparz tricity in modern times. An important element of its arrangement is a centrally located prop in the form of a balloon, making a reference to the development of enlightenment thought and science.
The last, sixth room exhibits the spatial and urban development project, entitled the Great Kraków and implemented between 1909 and 1915 under supervision of Juliusz Leo, president of Kraków. The model of the plane Albatros D.III (Oef), suspended under the ceiling, is a dominant element in the room. The plane is an Austro-Hungarian fighter from the period of World War I, making a reference to the development of technology and industry in the beginning of the 20th century.
The exhibition also presents unique artefacts from the collection of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków, including the insignia of local authorities, i.e. a small sceptre and ring of the mayors of Kraków of the 16th century, as well as a silver crucifix used for swearing in town councillors from the 2nd half of the 17th century. What we can also see in this room is the oldest view of Kraków from the north, developed in the studio of Michał Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleyenwurff and included in Hartmann Schedl's Chronicle from 1493, the 1600 view of Kraków from the south, as seen from Krakus Mound: the copperplate and etching were engraved by Jacob Hoefnagel according to the sketch of Egidio van der Rye, as well as the monumental Map of Kraków by Hugo Kołłątaj, made by Maciej Dębski and Kazimierz Szarkiewicz upon Kołłątaj's order between 1783 and 1785.
The above are complemented by four 3D films: Cracovia Origo, The Wawel Castle 1,000 years ago, Cracovia Nostra Cracoviensis A.D.1650 and Cracovia A.D. 1650.
All texts included in the exhibition are available both in Polish and in English.