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The Archdiocesan Museum in Kraków Kanonicza street, leading straight towards the Wawel cathedral, comprises historic tenements and palaces. Two of them, a beautiful Renaissance Dean’s House with an original stone portal, and the neighbouring St. Stanislaus House, house the Archdiocesan Museum. The collection contains paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. Some exhibits date back to as early as the 13th century, such as the original Romanesque plank painting, called the Saints from Dębno. Among the sculptures, particularly beautiful is the Bow of the Three Kings (from the 15th century). Worth noting is the collection of liturgical vestments, consisting of several hundred items. It contains chasubles from as early as the 15th century. The museum also features mementoes related to Karol Wojtyła.
John Paul II Family Home in Wadowice
Wadowice is the home town of Karol Wojtyła – Pope St. John Paul II. Next to the Market Square and the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Kościelna Street a modest tenement house is located where the future pope was born on 18 May 1920. The house belonged to Yechiel Balamuth, a Jewish merchant and head of a Jewish commune. Currently, the building houses the Papal Museum – the Family Home of St. John Paul II in Wadowice. The entire surface – four storeys and a small yard – has been allocated to a multimedia narrative exhibition created by Barbara and Jarosław Kłaput, dedicated to Karol Wojtyła – St. John Paul II, his life and actions. In the former apartment of the Wojtyła family, pieces of furniture and memorabilia connected with the life and activity of the future pope have been collected: family photos, copies of Karol's school certificates, documents from subsequent stages of his life, as well as skis, a backpack and a kayak paddle that bear witness to his passion for tourism. Visitors can also examine manuscripts of his works, various editions of books about St. John Paul II from different countries and a collection of photos documenting Pope's visits to Wadowice. The home and the new exhibition were officially opened on 9 April, just before the canonisation of Blessed John Paul II.

John Paul II Cathedral Museum at Wawel in Krakow
In 1906, on the initiative of Cardinal Jan Puzyna, the Archdiocesan Museum was established in the Cathedral buildings at Wawel and was moved by Cardinal Karol Wojtyła to ul. Kanonicza. In the abandoned rooms, in 1978 the Cathedral Museum was established, where the objects from the Treasury of the Wawel Cathedral are exhibited. They are, inter alia, liturgical paraments, sacred art works, crown jewels from the Royal tombs.

Mobile Museum of John Paul II in Krakow
The Mobile Museum of John Paul II is a project by the John Paul II Centre “Have no fear” in Krakow, aimed at promoting the teachings of the Pope. Located in the 18-metre air conditioned car, it houses the exhibition area, where we can see photos, videos and personal memorabilia of the Holy Father. They include the rosary, breviary, pen, skis, pectoral. There is a possibility to order the Museum’s visit.

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