The City Museum of Wadowic

The City Museum of Wadowice concentrates on presenting the history of the city and its surroundings. Works of artists associated with Wadowice – both professionals and folk amateurs – are gathered here. Special attention is paid to pre-war Wadowice which influenced Karol Wojtyła’s personality. The museum welcomes its visitors with a recording of the Pope’s words: his speech given in the market square in Wadowice during his visit to Poland in 1999. There is a reconstruction of the image described by him at that time at the multimedia exhibition entitled Karol Wojtyła’s Wadowice. The area of Wadowice market square from the time before the World War II is replicated here: the windows of a confectionery, a tobacco shop and a printing house mentioned by John Paul II as well as the outlines of tenement houses and a church.

In the museum, we can also see postcards with pictures of the town from the Galician and interwar times. A chronicle, and mementos of cultural and artistic life of pre-war Wadowice can also be found. We can also observe the former decor of a middle-class room.

Elaborated by Marek Witkowski (The City Museum in Wadowice), © all rights reserved
Photograph by Marek Witkowski (The City Museum in Wadowice), © all rights reserved

ul. Kościelna 4,
34-100 Wadowice

phone 33 873 81 00
page museum

Opening hours

October  — April
Monday  — Friday
9.00 — 16.00
10.00 — 16.00
May  — September
Monday  — Friday
9.00 — 17.00
Saturday  — Sunday
10.00 — 16.00

Ticket Prices

normal 5 PLN reduced 3 PLN group 3 PLN family 10 PLN

Wax seal of the imperial and royal (C.K.) District Starost (head of district)

The seal consists of a wooden handle and a brass seal matrix. The handle is made of wood, painted dark. The seal presses the coat of arms of the Austria-Hungary Empire, the so-called small version of coat of arms, which was in force from 1815 until 1915. It is surrounded by an inscription: “IMPERIAL AND ROYAL (C.K.) DISTRICT STAROST K.K. BEZIRKSHAUPTMANN WADOWICE” in a sealing wax.

Uniform of the “Sokół (“Falcon”) Gymnastic Society

A jacket from the formal attire of the interwar period belonged to a member of the Sokół (Falcon) Gymnastic Society. The double-breasted jacket, made of green cloth, which got faded in the course of time, has five original buttons, but, unfortunately, it is not complete. It constitutes only one element of a full uniform. It was donated to the museum by a private person. The outfit evokes the history of the Wadowice Falcon’s Nest.

Commemorative spade

Among the four mounds in Krakow, the Piłsudski Mound is the youngest and the biggest. It was raised on the top of Sowiniec Hill, situated in the Wolski Forest. In 1934 the Association of Polish Legionnaires put forward the idea of raising a mound-statue of the nation’s fight for independence.

Signboard with movable types (the Foltin family)

The signboard promoted services and products offered by Leon Foltin, who was a car mechanic and an enthusiast of motorisation in the pre-war period in Wadowice. He descended from the famous family of printers who, for almost 100 years, formed the publishing and bookselling market in Wadowice. Three members of the Foltin family with the Franciszek name — grandfather, father and grandson — cherished the printing and publishing tradition in the town.

Sculpture “Birds” by Jędrzej Wowro

Jędrzej Wowro (Andrzej Wawro) was the most famous folk artist of the interwar period. He was born in 1864 in Gorzeń Dolny near Wadowice. He came from a poor family and was used to working hard from an early age. He carved his first figurines while neglecting his shepherding duties.

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