In villa Atma in Zakopane, there is the
only biographical museum of Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) in the
world. The greatest composer after Frederic Chopin since early youth
was happy to stay in Zakopane, and at the end of his life he settled
permanently in villa next to Kasprusie street.
The willingnes to create Szymanowski's
Museum in Atma was announced by composer Michał Kondracki already in
year 1937. After the war such efforts were undertaken by
Szymanowski's niece, Krystyna Dąbrowska, however it was not until
1967 when Zdzisław Sierpiński, music critic from "Życie
Warszawy", successfuly addressed this case. Soon after another
musical critic and writer, Jarzy Waldorff, under Warsaw Music
Society, formed a social commitee for purchase and renovation of
Atma. In 1974 the villa was transfered to National Museum in Cracov
and two years later, in march 6 1976, it was open to the public. On
the ground floor the exposition dedicated to composer and his
connection to Tatra and Zakopane was opened. Most of exhibits come
from Szymanowski's niece, Krystyna Dąbrowska's contribution.
Villa Atma was built in 1890 as typical
guest house, one of many in late 19
th century Zakopane.
Constructed by Józef Kaspruś-Stoch, Atma was angled directly at
tourist, to whom it owes its original name. In sanscrit it means as
much as "spirit". Architecturally its one of the Zakopane
style exemplars, introduced by Stanisław Witkiewicz.
Located at the villa's main floor, the
museum presents basic information about life and art of composer,
showing his connection with Zakopane and Podhale folk, cummulating
his personal things and sharing the reconstructed office of
Szymanowski. This branch of National Museum in Cracov was made over
in years 2011-2013. Thanks to EU funds and Ministry of Culture and
National Heritage's support, the place gained new installations,
facilities for disabled and improved preservation means.
To satisfy the needs of modern
audience, multimedia were installed in new interior, displaying
composer's biography, Atma's history and setting the stage for the
atmosphere of Karol Szymanowski's times.
Tickets normal – 10
concession – 5 zł
family (max. 5 people with at
least 1 child to age 18) – 20 zł
ticket for youth aged 7 to
26 – 1 zł
sunday is free for permanent exhibitions
Opening hours tuesday –
sunday from 10.00 to 17.00
Last visitors are being let into
gallery and for exhibitions only 20 minutes before closing. Cash
register, shop and cloakroom are closed at 17.00.