Zakopane boasts exceptional museums, strongly associated with the history and culture of the town, as well as the Podhale folk traditions and the natural environment of the Tatras. Visiting them will surely help your awareness when exploring the Tatra Mountains and Zakopane.
THE TATRA MUSEUM
ul. Krupówki 10, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.pl
A precious brick heritage building in the Zakopane style, built in 1913-1922. The two-storey building features exhibition halls with permanent exhibitions (historical, ethnographic, geological, industrial, and natural history), a library and archive containing priceless items from the history of the Podhale region and research in the Tatras.
MUSEUM OF THE ZAKOPANE STYLE
In the Villa Koliba, ul. Kościeliska 18, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.pl
Includes an ethnographic exhibition from the collections of Zygmunt Gnatowski (the first owner of Koliba), furnishings, furniture and decorative arts in the Zakopane style, works of art associated with Stanisław Witkiewicz, as well as his designs and original works. One of the rooms is devoted to temporary exhibitions.
THE MUSEUM OF THE ZAKOPANE STYLE - INSPIRATIONS
ul. Droga do Rojów 6, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.pl
Located in a historic, wooden cottage previously belonging to the Gąsienica Sobczak family. The oldest part was built around 1830. The Museum has been operating since 2009, presenting folk architecture, furnishings from highland cottages, and ethnographic collections from the late 19th century, primarily the collection of Maria and Bronisław Dembowski.
THE KAROL SZYMANOWSKI MUSEUM IN THE VILLA ATMA
ul. Kasprusie 19, www.muzeum.krakow.pl
A wooden villa built in the late 19th century. Between 1930-1935, Karol Szymanowski lived and worked here. The museum includes personal memorabilia, photographs and documents illustrating his life, work and relationships with Zakopane. An interesting element of the exhibition is the composer’s reconstructed study. Atma currently holds chamber concerts, book promotions on music, and lectures.
THE KORNEL MAKUSZYŃSKI MUSEUM
ul. Tetmajera 15, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.pl
In the Villa Opolanka, in the writer’s former apartment, numerous editions of his works, collections of manuscripts, correspondence, clippings from magazines and photographs, as well as a rich collection of works of art and a plaster cast of his hand have been made available to the public. In front of the villa stands a monument – a bust of the writer and the figure of Koziołek Matołek [Silly Billy Goat], the hero of his fairy tales.
THE JAN KASPROWICZ MUSEUM
Harenda 12a, www.harenda.com.pl
The museum is housed in the wooden villa where the poet lived with his wife Maria in the years 1923-1926. The well-preserved interior hosts works of art, mostly by friends of the poet, houseware, furniture and a library of several hundred volumes. Next to the museum is the mausoleum where the ashes of the poet and his wife rest.
MANOR & PARK COMPLEX IN KUŹNICE
Post-restoration former mansion of the Homolacs, who moved in in 1833. The coach house was restored (now housing a permanent exhibition of vertebrates) as was the granary (now an exhibition devoted to the Zamoyski family).
TPN NATURE EDUCATION CENTRE
ul. Chałubińskiego 42a, www.tpn.pl
The permanent exhibition holds flora and fauna of the Tatras following the rhythm of the changing seasons. The Centre carries out educational activities through temporary exhibitions on topics related to the Tatra Mountains and nature conservation, screens nature documentaries, and organises classes, competitions and lectures.