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Museum of the Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius

Address
Jagiellońska 15
31-010, Cracow, Poland
E-mail
collegiummaius.info[at]uj.edu.pl
phone number
+48 12 663 15 21, +48 12 663 13 07
Visit page
www.maius.uj.edu.pl
Museum of the Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius
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Description

Located at the corner of Świętej Anny and Jagiellońska streets, JU Collegium Maius Museum is the oldest university edifice in Poland. Its history can be traced back to 1400 when King Władysław Jagiełło donated this tenement house to the university. Almost every room in this building has its own legend and is associated with such outstanding personalities as Copernicus, Faust, Twardowski or St. John Cantius.

After the Second World War the Collegium Maius was converted into a museum building which at present houses old university collections (masterpieces and historic souvenirs) and a rich collection of scientific instruments – astrolabes, globes, sun-dials, telescopes, vacuum pumps, microscopes – many of which are unique on a world scale. The Collegium Maius also possesses a museum shop, a tourist information centre and attractive, refurbished basements with a conference room, café and exhibition hall. By virtue of the collection and the building, the museum hosts the most important academic conferences and JU Senate sessions. It has also been visited by the most eminent university guests including John Paul II, Queen Elisabeth II or the emperor and empress of Japan.

Best visit time: 1 h 0 min.

Open hours
  • mo: 10:00 - 14:30
  • tu: 10:00 - 15:30
  • we: 10:00 - 14:30
  • th: 10:00 - 14:30
  • fr: 10:00 - 14:30
  • sa: 10:00 - 14:30
  • su: closed

Cost level: $

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