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The Archdiocesan Museum in Kraków is under the direct authority of the metropolitan bishop of Kraków, currently cardinal Franciszek Macharski.

The Archdiocesan Museum is located in Kanonicza Street, one of the oldest and most picturesque streets of Kraków, in tenement houses Nos. 19 and 21. Both buildings date back to the 2nd half of the 14th century. On 5 May 1994, after the completion of repair and preservation work and after adapting the buildings to serve the museum functions, cardinal Franciszek Macharski presided over the opening ceremony of the museum. However, the museum had been called to existence almost 100 hundred years earlier, but with no permanent seat.

The Archdiocesan Museum displays a collection of sacral works of art often withdrawn from worship, from the 14th to the 18th century in the following sections: painting, artistic craft (chalices, monstrances, ciboria, etc.), sculpture, canonicals (chasubles, capes, etc.). The museum’s objective is to hold on permanent display and make its visitors familiar with the artistic legacy of the Kraków bishopric.

Apart from the permanent exhibition, the museum organises temporary exhibitions presenting the artistic output of contemporary artists within the scope of sacral art, as well as one-man exhibitions.

Visitors should also be aware that from 1952 to 1967 in both of the present museum houses lived Professor Father Karol Wojtyła (presently Pope John Paul II), in those days acting as suffragan bishop of Kraków and later as metropolitan archbishop. The museum collects and displays pieces related to His Holiness Pope John Paul II since he started to dwell in the houses.

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