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Józef Czapski Pavilion (Pawilon Józefa Czapskiego)
Józef Czapski Pavilion (Pawilon Józefa Czapskiego)

Józef Czapski Pavilion (Pawilon Józefa Czapskiego)

Józefa Piłsudskiego 12, Krakow, 31-109

The Basics

This museum sits behind the Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum in a striking, modern pavilion, and the two sites are usually visited together on a single ticket. The space, built in 2016, uses paintings, diaries, archival footage, multimedia displays, and more to illuminate the life of Czapski, who was the grandson of Emeryk Hutten-Czapski and served in both World Wars, chronicled the Soviet Russian massacres of Polish officers at Katyn, and later lived as an émigré in Paris.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Józef Czapski Pavilion will fascinate history buffs and people of Polish descent.

  • You can visit both to the Józef Czapski Pavilion and the Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum on a single ticket; there are discounts for students and children.

  • The museum has a pleasant café with a pretty terrace.

  • The exhibitions at the Pavilion are too text-heavy for younger children.

  • The Pavilion is wheelchair friendly.

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How to Get There

The Józef Czapski Pavilion sits behind the Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum, about a 0.5-mile (750-meter) walk east of Krakow’s Main Market Square. If you’re coming from outside the historic quarter, buses 124, 152, 424, and 502 stop near the museum, as do trams 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 18, and 20.

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When to Get There

The Józef Czapski Pavilion is closed on Mondays. During the week, it’s open from morning until mid-afternoon; on Saturdays, it stays open until early evening. The pavilion is closed on major holidays.

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Which Czapski Museum Should I Visit?

The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum is also sometimes called the Czapski Museum or the Czapski Palace. A grand 19th-century building, it holds the collector Emeryk Hutten-Czapski’s trove of Polish coins, banknotes, and medals, as well as antique books and maps. Most travelers will find the Czapski Pavilion, devoted to Hutten-Czapski’s grandson Józef, more interesting.

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