The Museum presents the history from The Prehistoric Time on the Myślenice Land, through “the golden age” and the visit of Mikołaj Rej, who finished the third book of the Żywot człowieka poczciwego (Life of a Decent Man) here, until World War II – fights on the territory of the Myślenice District during the September Campaign of 1939 and 1945. A visit to the museum is an opportunity to get to know the unique folklore of the Myślenice area where two ethnographic groups lived: the Górale (called Kliszczacy here) and the Krakowiacy (contemptuously referred to as Lachy by their southern neighbours). The exhibition allows one to trace the cultural differences which separated these two communities. It shows house interiors and typical outfits of the Krakowiacy, the Górale as well as the Szczyrzyczanie (the Szczyrzycanie are a transitional group between the Górale and the Krakowiacy) and also various objects connected with agriculture, animal breeding, handicraft, regional ceremonies, family ceremonies and folk art.

Elaborated by Julia Czapla, Joanna Kotarba,
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32-400 Myślenice

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Opening hours

Tuesday  — Friday
8.00 — 18.00
12.00 — 18.00

Ticket Prices

free admission

Tiled stove, so-called amorial with coats of arms

The stove was manufactured in the maiolica factory in Nieborów, which was established in 1881 by Prince Michał Radziwiłł. It comes from the destroyed mansion in Krzyszkowice near Myślenice and it was renovated in 1977.

Painting “Our Lady of Myślenice” by Sebastian Stolarski

Our Lady is shown as a half-figure. On her right arm we can see a baby Jesus pressing against her face. She is wearing a golden crown and her head is covered with a grey and silver scarf hemmed with gold. The coat is made in a similar design and it is additionally covered with golden lilies. Mary is grabbing the folded coat with her left hand.

Furriers' guild chest in Myślenice

The presented exhibit belonged to the Guild of Furriers, which has a centuries-old tradition in Myślenice, dating back to the Middle Ages. The guild chest was a richly decorated chest, whose decoration displayed elements usually associated with a given craft and which was used for storing valuable utensils, such as ceremonial cups, documents, and seals.

Sculpture “St. Nicholas”

Saint Nicholas lived at the turn of the 3rd and 4th centuries and was the bishop of the city of Mira (in the southern part of Asia Minor), which is why he is presented iconographically in garments and with insignia corresponding to his episcopal rank (compare with the figure of Saint Nicholas in the Triptych of Saint Mary Magdalene from Moszczenica Niżna near Stary Sącz).

Sculpture “Christ Resurrected”

The work comes from a church in Mogilany, which no longer exists. It was a wooden church, built before 1440, which had survived until the beginning of the 17th century (when it probably burned down). The only object left from it is the presented sculpture of the Risen Christ, found in an attic in 1965. After conservation, it was transferred to the Regional Museum in Myślenice in 1968, as a gift from the Parish Office in Mogilany.

Wooden toy — “A cart pulled by horses”

A cart pulled by wheeled horses or rocking horses used to be one of the most favourite toys for children. Nowadays, it is coming back to store shelves in a fashionable and ecological design. This wooden cart is part of a larger collection of toys from the museum in Myślenice and the object used to present the history of folk toy manufacturing in general. Folk toys are more than merely usable items as all of them have their own history and all members of a family were engaged in the production process. They were made mainly by peasants in the winter time, when they were able to carve toys because of less agricultural work.