The Krystyna and Włodzimierz Tomek Natural Science Museum in Ciężkowice was established thanks to the work and passion of its patrons. Krystyna and Włodzimierz Tomek were scientists unusually dedicated to the protection of the nature of the Małopolska region. Hunting and forest traditions were carried over in their family from previous generations and have been kept alive to this day. Dozens of game trophies, which were collected since their early adolescence, a half thousand insects as well as about two hundred species of birds can be found in the Tomek’s collection. Many birds which were found by Włodzimierz Tomek, such as a starling or a Short-toed Snake Eagle remained in their house for the period of their recovery.
In the Museum one can see a bat cave in the form of a model with a length of almost six metres. It is a reconstruction of a natural cave formation with different species of bats placed inside. Parrots, colourful butterflies, an impressive European mole cricket and a unique albino magpie are the most distinctive among the unique collection of insects and birds. Watch your step during the visit and pay particular attention to the glass floor which, in fact, is an interactive meadow with habitats of plants, reptiles and amphibians typical of the Pogórze Region, here shown in the form of plastic models.

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ul. 3-go Maja 34,
33-190 Ciężkowice

phone 14 651 00 38
phone 14 651 00 32
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May  — September
Monday  — Friday
8.00 — 16.00
10.00 — 16.00
12.00 — 17.00
July  — August
October  — April
Monday  — Friday
8.00 — 16.00

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The European bee-eater

The former name of this bird (Merops apiaster Linnaeus, 1758)—the bee-eater—says a lot about its biology. The bee-eater (Merops apiaster is its full name according to the binominal nomenclature of species) is a bird from the bee-eater family (most species from this family occur in Africa and Asia). It feeds on insects, including bees and wasps caught in flight. bee-eaters establish nests in loess escarpments by drilling special tunnels in them (usually in high escarpments and banks).

The Albino magpie

This bird has a very characteristic black and white plumage, black beak and legs. Its dark feathers have a metallic sheen, green-navy one on wings, as well as scarlet on the head and back, distinguishing it from the corvids. The presented specimen is unique, because of a very rare gene mutation that caused a lack of pigmentation in this individual and, as a result, its white plumage in places where magpies normally have black or light-brown feathers.

The European roller

The European roller (Coracias garrulus Linné, 1758 r.) is one of the rarest and most beautifully coloured birds in Poland. It is an insectivorous bird, specialized in hunting large insects — e.g. beetles. In our country, it lives in dry and warm habitats in a varied landscape, with fallow lands, meadows and a small area of arable land, among which single, old trees grow.

Short-toed Eagle

Short-toed Eagle — Circaetus gallicus (Gmelin, 1788) is a bird of prey in the family of Accipitridae. It feeds on different species of reptiles, especially snakes. Occasionally hunts for amphibians and small mammals. In Poland, bird is very rare — can be found...