Walking through the Main Square you would never guess that four meters under your feet there is a unique museum you shouldn’t miss on.
Rynek Underground, or Podziemia Rynku in Polish, takes you through the history of the city from the nomadic times to medieval Krakow. Opening in September 2010, this hi-tech museum sure has a lot to offer.
The permanent exhibition is called “Everyday Life and Commerce on Krakow’s Main Square (thirteenth to eighteenth centuries)” and it consists of moveable relics discovered in the Square from archaeologists. There are also realistic reconstructions of buildings and devices allowing the visitors to understand how people were living back in the time on this territory.
The exhibition named “Forum Polonorum – the Main Square in the History of the Polish Nation” shows events related to the Square that had influenced the history of Poland through dramatized films. This is being referred to as the “time capsules”.
Throughout the museum, there are different workshops, interactive games and other activities which have an educational function and would keep every visitor entertained. There is only one place where you can see sunlight through a glass-like roof, and it’s a room situated directly underneath the fountain of the Main Square.
The thrill of walking under the ground in the very city center makes this museum a highly popular destination for both tourists and locals. There is a limit of 300 visitors at a time, this is why purchasing a ticket in advance is recommended. Prices for tickets are as follows:
Tuesday: free entrance
Yes, every Tuesday you can visit the museum for free, however, you still need to get a ticket for it.
You can purchase a ticket online at http://podziemiarynku.com/ or from the office located also in the Cloth Hall at the other side of the building opposite of the entrance for the museum.
The working hours depend on the current season:
April – October:
Monday: from 10 am to 8 pm
Tuesdays: from 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesday to Sunday: 10 am to 10 pm
November to March:
Wednesday to Monday: 10 am to 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am to 4 pm
This is a great opportunity to learn about the history of beautiful Krakow in an innovative and entertaining way while still remaining in the very center of the city.