The Archdiocesan Museum is located in two neighbouring houses in Kanonicza Street which were the residence of canon priests of the Wawel Cathedral Chapter for centuries. Both buildings have links to Karol Wojtyła. In one of them, there is reconstruction of a room which was occupied by him during the period 1952–1958 when he worked at the Jagiellonian University. The other one houses a collection of objects donated during the Pope’s pontificate as it was his home when Wojtyła served as an auxiliary bishop of the Kraków Archdiocese.
The Archdiocesan Museum boasts a rich collection of sacred art from the Kraków Archdiocese. Its most precious works of art include the oldest Polish painting — an image of Saint Catherine and Saint Agnes that dates back to the 13th century. The collection of beautiful Madonna sculptures from the Małopolska diocese, dating back to the turn of the 14th century and a set of liturgical garments from the period of 15th–20th centuries are equally interesting. Papal donations — items given to John Paul II by dignitaries and pilgrims from all over the world, later transferred to the Museum — also constitute a unique collection.

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Pope Pius XII’s nomination bull from 1958

Document from appointing Karol Wojtyla Kraków's bishop suffragan on 25th of August 1958. The text of the manuscript is written in Latin, partly rubricated with customary wording distinguished: Pius Episcopus, Sevus Sevorum Dei

Pope Paul VI’s nomination bull from 1967

A document from 8 July 1967 appointing Archbishop Karol Wojtyła a cardinal. The text of the manuscript is written in Latin, partly rubricated with customary wording, distinguished by majuscule: Paulus Servus Servorum Dei (“Paul, Servant of the Servants of God”).

135 film folding camera

A Certo Super Dollina II camera of German production, which was used to take most of the pictures during Priest Karol Wojtyła’s trips in the 1950s. It belonged to Jacek Fedorowicz, a former student of the Kraków University of Technology who participated in famous trips organised by Priest Wojtyła.

Chalice and Paten

Kielich na dziesięciolistnej stopie z cokolikiem, zdobionej pasem dekoracji geometrycznej nakrytej gładkim płaszczem, z grawerowanym herbem w otoczeniu liści laurowych oraz emaliowanym medalionem ze sceną pasyjną...

Baroque chasuble

Chasuble is the outer garment worn by the priest to conduct Mass, its colour depend on the period of the liturgical year. Presented baroque chasuble represents so called roman type.

Painting “St. John the Almoner” from parochial church in Racławice Olkuskie

Obraz ze św. Janem Jałmużnikiem stanowi środkową część zwieńczenia nastawy ołtarzowej, jednak nie jemu poświęcona była ikonografia całego ołtarza. Prawdopodobnie całą zaginioną nastawę (lub tylko niniejsze zwieńczenie) przekazano do kościoła Narodzenia NMP w Racławicach Olkuskich z innego kościoła w XVIII wieku.

Triptych “Family of Mary” from parochial church in Racławice Olkuskie

W części środkowej tryptyku została przedstawiona tak zwana rodzina Marii, czyli wieloosobowe wyobrażenie oparte na legendzie mówiącej o potrójnym małżeństwie świętej Anny.

Priest Karol Wojtyła’s sports shoes

Walking shoes used by priest Karol Wojtyła during trips. The shoes are made of a brown patent leather with cotton shoelaces...

Priest Karol Wojtyła’s canoe

Pelikan II tourist canoe used by Priest Karol Wojtyła during holiday trips with academic youth. The so-called Kamyk (pebble) was financed by Teresa Życzkowska (using the name Heydel at that time) and Priest Karol Wojtyła. It was used for the first time during a canoeing rally down the Słupia River in 1956.

Pope Paul VI’s nomination bull from 1963

A document from 31 January 1963 appointing Bishop Karol Wojtyła the metropolitan archbishop of the archdiocese of Kraków. The text of the manuscript is written in Latin, partly rubricated with customary words distinguished by majuscule: Paulus Episcopus, Servus Servorum Dei (“Paul Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God”).

Cardinal Priest Karol Wojtyła’s fountain pen

Pelikan fountain pen with a piston filling used by Priest Karol Wojtyła. The casing is made of plastic, inlaid with synthetic nacre in the form of alternate stripes. It is constructed from black ebonite with the nib partly gilded with the name of the company on it.

Reliquary with St. Stanislaus’s hand

A reliquary in the form of a hand (forearm) placed on a polygonal base in a vertical position. The middle part of the reliquary is red (the sleeve of a robe) with visible relics put in a small rectangular panel obscured by a glass pane.

Cup from Michael Wissmar workshop

Six-leaf foot covered with golden coat, with six silver medallions engraved with Eucharistic scenes. Cup decorated with floral motifs.

Chalice and Paten

Kielich z pateną stanowi dar dla Jana Pawła II od prezydenta Senegalu, Abdou Dioufana, podarowany Ojcu Świętemu podczas pielgrzymki do Senegalu w dniach 19–23 lutego 1992 roku.

Monstrance from Korzkiew

The monstrance from Korzkiew is an example of the longevity of Gothic forms and at the same time the ability to mix them with the Baroque style, which was new when the monstrance was produced. The monstrance presents a type of turret. It has a six-leaf base covered with a veil with a repoussé decoration— arma Christi (motifs symbolising the Passion of Christ) in auricular cartouches.

Chasuble of Wadowice

A chasuble in a dark red colour with the addition of elements in turquoise and blue with a motif of a six-leaf rose in a net arrangement and pomegranates in the middle. There are two columns (initially a cross-shaped orphrey) sewed on brocade, laced with colourful silk as well as silver and gold threads with flat and satin stitches.

Bas-relief “The Adoration of the Magi”

A sculpture which was probably the central part of a winged altarpiece at first. There is a sitting Madonna on the right, holding a naked Infant Jesus in her lap. She is facing three Magi; two of them are standing while the third one is kneeling and touching the Infant Jesus’s hand. St. Joseph is standing behind Mary.

Sculpture “Madonna from Gruszów”

Full-figure sculpture shows Madonna in a long dress decorated with floral motifs and in the golden cloak. Her body is bent to the left side, in her right hand she is holding golden scepter.

Sculpture “Madonna of Więcławice”

A wall sculpture hollowed out from behind. It depicts Mother of God in a gentle contrapposto, bent in the shape of a reversed “S”, wearing a gilded dress of a warm red tone as well as a gilded coat on a silver lining with an olive glaze. Mary has a veil and a crown on her head. In her right hand, Madonna is holding Infant Jesus in a gilded dress.

Painting “Saints from Dębno” representing St. Catherine and St. Agnes

Presentation painted in tempera on linden board. Saints turned slightly sideways dressed in long tunics and cloaks.