Visiting the museum
Based in the historic interiors of the Bishops Palace, the Subcarpathian Museum in Krosno has been collecting and exhibiting cultural goods related to regional history and unique collections on a European scale for more than half a century.
The museum invites you to visit the permanent exhibitions, presenting collections which are closely connected with the history and cultural heritage of the region.
Our museum offers Polish and English speaking guides. Visiting the permanent exhibitions lasts about 1 – 1.5 hours. Some of the rooms in the Bishops Palace are small, that is why a group cannot exceed thirty people. If the group is bigger, it has to be divided into two smaller groups. Then the visit is conducted by two guides simultaneously.
Another interesting educational activity of the Museum are guided tours of the old town.
The tour of historical monuments of the old town: Bishops Palace (the headquarters of The Subcarpathian Museum in Krosno), Piłsudskiego street, the parish church of the Holy Trinity, the parish belfry (from the outside), Krosno town square (old boundaries, the former Mayor’s residence and Renaissance Town Hall, the existing Mayor’s House), the Franciscan church (Oświęcim Chapel).
Reservation of the guided service has to be made in advance in the Museum’s Education and Promotion Department via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum / Old Town tour with English speaking guide
* Sundays – free admission on permanent exhibitions
Archaeological exhibition takes the visitor on a journey from the first traces of human activity in the Palaeolithic period to the early Middle Ages, showing the history of settlement in the Subcarpathian region. The natural extension of the exhibition is the hall featuring the exposed relics of the Krosno defense wall with the flanking tower, built in the 14th century. It shows the beginnings of The Royal City of Krosno and its growth during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance when Krosno was named “Parva Cracovia” – “the little Cracow”.
The exhibition presents the history of the town and its surroundings from the
Partitions of Poland to the present day. The collection of paintings, precious
relics, and photographs create a portrait of a 19th-century provincial Galician
town and its inhabitants. Other parts of the exhibition present memorabilia of
World War I and II and the post-1944 independence conspiracy. The exhibition
closes with a collection of photographs, graphics, and prints from the last
decades of the history of Krosno, highlighting selected facts from the
socio-political and cultural life and accenting the important events after
The historic Pleyel fortepiano from 1862 complements the exhibition. It is one of the oldest relics of the Chopin era in Poland, an original and fully operational chamber fortepiano with the original string instrumentation.
The exhibition which is the pride of the museum presents the most popular light sources in chronological order: from the ancient oil lamps to the electric lamps from the early 20th century. The most important part of the exhibition is the presentation of one of the world’s most valuable collections of oil lamps from various national and foreign manufactories. It consists of both richly decorated drawing-room lamps and those most popular and simplest which have appeared in the homes of millions of people in many countries. The exhibition includes a presentation of the prototype of Ignacy Łukasiewicz’s first paraffin lamp and souvenirs concerning his life and pioneering activities in the oil industry. The exhibition is presented in the Bishops Palace, in exceptional interiors and arrangements that introduce visitors to the atmosphere of the late 19th century.
An exhibition commemorating the town’s rich artistic past, presenting the achievements of the region’s artists, the graduates of Polish and foreign fine arts schools. There are works of students of Jan Matejko (one of the most famous Polish painters) – Stanisław Bergman, Seweryn Bieszczad, and Franciszek Daniszewski. The sculpture from the turn of the 20th century is represented by the works of Andrzej Lenik. The exhibition also shows the works of 20th-century artists: Zdzisław Truskolaski, Bronisław Olszewski, Jan Ekiert, Stanisław Kochanek, Władysław Niepokój, and Władysław Kandefer.
This exhibition shows the traditions of the glass industry in the region. It is dominated by the artistic, decorative, and decorative-functional glassware made by, once the biggest in Europe, now 100-years-old Krosno Glassworks. The exhibition is complemented by contemporary glass works of art by artist glassblowers working in the Subcarpathian region and the glassware in the style of Art Nouveau and Art Déco made in renowned glass factories from the territories of Poland as well as Europe.
Interesting temporary exhibitions are arranged several times a year, using our own collections, as well as exhibits from Polish and foreign museums. Their diverse, universal themes, unique exhibits, and rich ornamentation make them attractive for all visitors regardless of the age.