The Museum “of all old things” – relics of the prosperous old Polish town – is housed in five historic buildings, located within Biecz Old Town. Inside the original Renaissance rooms, one can become acquainted not only with the life and work of craftsmen in Biecz but also with its intellectuals: a 16th-century Renaissance man – historian, music theoretician and diplomat Marcin Kromer as well as Wacław Potocki, a Baroque poet. The interior of a prison situated under the town hall tower refers to the 19th-century legend of a Biecz school of executioners and the work of a Master of Holy Justice who resided there.
In the House with a Tower – a branch of the museum situated in a Renaissance house adjacent to a massive medieval tower – an exhibition devoted to the history of pharmacy is situated. Not only has its trade room been reconstructed but also the basement and a laboratory from the old pharmacy so that we could see what a workspace of the 19th-century pharmacist looked like. The House with a Tower is also an ideal place for music enthusiasts as there is an exhibition of musical instruments from the 18th–20th century period (among the exhibits there is a handmade zither, a lyre and a music box).

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www.muzeum.biecz.pl

ul. Kromera 3,
38-340 Biecz


phone 13 447 10 93
phone 13 447 13 28
Fax 13 447 19 50
page museum

Opening hours

The Haus with a Tower  — October — April
Monday
closed
Tuesday  — Sunday
8.00 — 16.00
May, June, September
Monday
closed
Tuesday  — Friday
8.00 — 17.00
Saturday  — Sunday
9.00 — 17.00
July - August  — sierpień
Monday
closed
Tuesday  — Friday
8.00 — 19.00
Saturday  — Sunday
10.00 — 19.00

Ticket Prices

Kromerówka normal 4 PLN Kromerówka reduced 2 PLN The Haus with a Tower normal 8 PLN The Haus with a Tower reduced 4 PLN
Objects

Sculpture “St. Anna” from 16th century

Renaissance sculpture representing Saint Anna.

Cash register with a counting machine

A heavy, massive cash register for counting decorated with garlands and floral motives is an extremely valuable exhibit, considering its origin. The National Cash Register company from Dayton (in Ohio State) specialised in the production of counting machines, and gained a monopoly in this field within the territory of the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Pharmaceutical scale

Na drewnianej skrzynce z trzema szufladkami nakrytej blatem wykonanym z białego marmuru znajduje się posążek z cynkalu. Przedstawia on boginię Hygieję z owiniętym wokół jej dłoni wężem, ubraną w antyczną togę.

Pharmaceutical scale with Asclepius

Podstawę dla wagi tworzy drewniana skrzynka z trzema szufladkami, nakryta marmurowym blatem. Ramiona wagi są wykonane z kolorowego metalu i zawieszone na cynkalowym posążku przedstawiającym boga medycyny, Eskulapa.

Old print. Marcin Kromer’s work, “De origine et rebus gestis polonorum libri XXX” (with Grodecki’s map)

The presented old print is the most complete issue of one of the best known works by Marcin Cromer with the Polish title: O pochodzeniu i czynach Polaków ksiąg trzydzieści (About origins and deeds of Poles in thirty books) (the first Polish translation of the work written in Latin came out in 1611).

“Crucified Christ” from St. Jadwiga’s hospital

The sculpture depicts Christ hanged on a cross with his hands outstretched. His head is leaning a little towards his right shoulder. The plasticity of the face strikes us with the calmness with which the Redeemer accepts suffering. He is looking down and his lips are closed.

Portable small altar

Tradycja wiąże ten ołtarzyk z odsieczą wiedeńską. Kiedy po zwycięstwie nad Turkami wojska Sobieskiego wracały do Rzeczypospolitej, w Bieczu zatrzymało się kilku wojaków. W podzięce za pokonanie pogan i wyjście cało z wojny, żołnierze zostawili w kościele w Bieczu ten polowy ołtarzyk.

Sculpture “Crucified Christ” from 14th century

Crucified Christ” sculpture from 14th century is assigned to Biecz workshop.

Sculpture “Pensive Christ” by Wojciech Jędrusiak

Example of 19th century folk art from Biecz.

Zither

Coming probably from Turkey, a beautifully decorated zither from the turn of the 19th century; artistic handwork. A bottom board of a sound box is made of a coniferous tree wood, glued together out of three parts, painted dark brown. Veneered sides, the top part of the sound box from the edge to the tailpiece is covered with parchment leather; the string nodes are made of bone.

Mantelpiece clock

Mantelpiece clock made from malachite comes from 19th century.

Polyphon

The presented exhibit is a musical instrument in the form of a music box made of wood. It is carved and has a glazed door. Inside the box is a playing mechanism with a metal disc.

Hurdy gurdy

A string and keyboard musical instrument. A rectangular box with keys and the complete playing mechanism is placed on the upper board. The shape of the instrument is similar to a violin. The upper board is made of coniferous wood, the bottom of beech wood.

Longcase clock

Interesting example of longcase floor clock from 1753.

Urban Bell

In the upper part of the bell resonator is a date, “1382”, written in Roman numerals, which helped identify the date of the casting of the bell. It is also decorated with ornamentation. In the middle of the resonator is a frieze decorated with a curved line. Above it there are three plaques depicting the crucifixion scene placed at equal intervals.

Pharmaceutical vessel

Pharmaceutical wooden box from 19th century for storing medicinal herbs.

Glass feudal coin

A bright green coin made of glass which constituted as a substitute for legal tender within the territory of the dominion of the Koryciński family of the Topór (Axe) coat of arms from Jodłowa. Inside a glass disc there was the Koryciński coat of arms in the shape of an embossed axe; above it there is a crown with nine tops.

Sculpture “Our Lady of Sorrows” from 15th century

Sculpture Our Lady of Sorrows” from 15th century is assigned to Kraków workshop.

Alabaster amphora

Alabaster amphora for storing perfumes, from the 18th century.

Sculpture “Halabardier”

Sculpture presenting Halabardier comes from the castle in Biecz. The castle no longer exists.

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