Wawel Exhibitions

Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland, regularly hosts various exhibitions throughout the year, covering a range of topics related to Polish history, art, and culture. Exhibitions at Wawel Castle can vary, and they often showcase both permanent collections and temporary displays.

Whether you are interested in medieval history, royal artifacts, or contemporary art, Wawel Castle’s exhibitions offer a diverse range of experiences for those eager to explore Poland’s rich cultural and historical heritage.

Please note: Entrance to each of the exhibitions (permanent and seasonal) is ticketed. The number of tickets for each day is limited. Admission tickets have a specific time of entry. The purchased ticket is valid only on the day and time written on the ticket.

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Royal Private Apartments

What to See

Wawel Castle Royal Apartments are located on the first floor of the palace. The exhibition consists king’s and queen’s private chambers, courtiers and guest rooms. During the visit, you can admire 16th-century wooden ceilings, stonework windows, portals and fantastic painted friezes. In the northeastern corner, the oldest of the castle you will see the king’s apartments with a bed chamber. Explore The Columned Hall, which in the 16th century served as the king’s dining room. Nowadays in the room, you will see portraits and statues of Polish kings

Openning Hours
July – August
9:30 am to 7 pm

From September:
9:30 am to 5 pm

Please note: Last entry is possible 1h before closure time
Days Open

Tuesday – Sunday

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Lost Wawel (Undergrounds)

What to See
The Lost Wawel exhibition combines archaeological reserve with past castle appearance. Have a look at what Wawel Castle looked like in all its glory in the 16-17th century on reconstructions scale models of buildings. See the first rotunda church constructed on the hill in the late 10th century. Observe the evolution of the Wawel Castle and the cathedral. Explore the oldest artefacts found on Wawel hill dated over 2000 years. Watch a huge collection of Renaissance tiles. Walk through the “Lapidarium” full of stone sculptures and architectural details from the castle.
Openning Hours
July – August
9:30 am to 7 pm

From September:
9:30 am to 5 pm

Please note: Last entry is possible 1h before closure time
Days Open

Tuesday – Sunday*

* Open on Mondays 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.
Free admission ticket is available to collect at the ticket office.

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Royal Armoury

What to See

Delve into the royal Armoury, admire lots of different swords, armours, guns, shields and not only. See the rich decorated weapons donated to the kings by medieval rulers over the whole of Europe. Watch the original famous winged Polish Hussars’ armour and weapons.
Have a look at 16th-century complete German plated suits of armour. This unique exhibition contains a fantastic collection of guns and rifles such as arquebuses, patrinals and pistols from European factories. Honour the rich heritage of the Polish Kings with one of the most valuable in the country collection of barrels which bear the coats of arms of Polish kings, hetmans and noblemen.

Openning Hours
July – August
9:30 am to 7 pm

From September:
9:30 am to 5 pm

Please note: Last entry is possible 1h before closure time
Days Open

Tuesday – Sunday*

* Open on Mondays 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.
Free admission ticket is available to collect at the ticket office.

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Crown Treasury

What to See

Use the unique chance to see the reminiscence of the polish kings and queens and their biggest treasures. Have a look at magnificent works of art, crown jewels, orbs, crowns, and insignia of royal power. See the rarest artefact from the private king’s treasury. The exhibition consists of the highest honours awards, the mantle of the Knight of the Order of the Holy Spirit, the sword and the consecrated hat. Admire one of the largest in Poland’s collection of jewellery, with rarities such as gold Romanesque jewellery as well as several Western European Renaissance and Mannerist masterpieces.

Openning Hours
July – August
9:30 am to 7 pm

From September:
9:30 am to 5 pm

Please note: Last entry is possible 1h before closure time
Days Open

Tuesday – Sunday

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State Rooms

What to See

Visit representative staterooms located on the second floor of the castle. It was a place of sessions for country rulers, royal audiences, royal weddings and balls. Admire fantastic friezes painted in the 16th century and see the main castle room with the king’s throne! Watch the rich interior finishing, with marble gold and many more. Feel like kings did under beautifully decorated ceilings in different rooms, with very characteristic heads in the throne room.

Openning Hours
July – August
9:30 am to 7 pm

From September:
9:30 am to 5 pm

Please note: Last entry is possible 1h before closure time
Days Open

Tuesday – Sunday

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Wawel Recovered

What to See

Visit the only interactive exhibition on Wawel Castle. Delve into the stories told by the photographs from the end of the 18th century to the end of the 20th. This unique exhibition focuses on the struggle to recover from Austria’s occupied Wawel Castle in the 18th-20th century. It also shows the enormous effort need to castle restoration after the occupation as well as the transformation of the Wawel into an Austrian army citadel.

Openning Hours
July – August
9:30 am to 7 pm

From September:
9:30 am to 5 pm

Please note: Last entry is possible 1h before closure time
Days Open

Tuesday – Sunday*

 

* Open on Mondays 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.
Free admission ticket is available to collect at the ticket office.

Book one of our best tours at Wawel Castle

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Crown Treasury of Wawel Castle

Highlights:
Experience the king’s riches and admire the greates artefacts of past eras in the crown treasury. Delve into the stories of conquests and kings. Visit completely rebuilt exhibition.

Available at: 
Tue | Thu | Sat – 11:00 am
Sun – 12:00 pm
20,00€
per person
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Complete Wawel Castle Tour

Highlights:
Make a complete visit through the Wawel Castle. Explore fascinating interiors and discover what the castle looked like in medieval times. See the riches accumulated by generations of kings in crown treasury and armoury.

Available at: 
Tue | Thu | Sat – 10:00 am
Sun – 12:00 pm
42€
per person
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Interior and Courtyard Tour

Highlights:
Explore the magnificent interiors of Wawel Castle and have a look into the past king’s lives. Walk through Wawel Hill and the courtyard. Listen to the fascinating stories of how the castle has changed through the ages.

Available at: 
Tue | Thu | Sat – 11:00 am
Sun – 2:00 pm
24,2€
per person