Krakow has been a capital of Polish Kings for a long time. Its story started many centuries ago and the remnants of those times can be seen even now. One of such historical places was found accidentally. In 2005 the local city authorities decided to make a reconstruction of the Rynek Square. Under the surface and urban utility services communication they found the historical traces of the old Krakow.
General exposition was opened in September 2010. It is a huge place under the main Square showing the buildings, roads and the way of life of the old Krakow. Its total area occupies 43 000 square feet. The first thing that you see when entering the museum is a ghost of a past – a video projection on the wall of fog of medieval krakowians who invite you inside. To enter the museum, you have to go through this fog. Inside you can see lots of things from medieval times.
There is even a part of the ancient road that served to deliver goods to the city center – with a thin pavement for locals. You can see houses of a goldsmith and blacksmith with all the staff they used in their work. Every visitor may find out his weight and height in different ancient measures, and then convert those numbers into the modern ones.
Entertainment and access
One of the most interesting features of the Rynek Underground is that you should not behave as in a usual museum – touching nothing and being bored. You can literally touch the past and explore everything with your own hands. Generally speaking, this place is a kind of ideal connection of the future and the past.
Near all of the medieval exhibits you can see modern touch screens with audios and e-books in different languages telling the story of every object. There are 27 projectors and several mini-cinemas, each showing movies about different parts of the history. Visitors may even play some games, like finding ancient treasures or holding a hologram of an old building in their hands.
There is also a room for small kids with games and puppet theater, so that they wouldn’t be bored by things they don’t understand yet. The museum is interesting for everybody thanks to the variety of sceneries. In spite of the fact that the Rynek Underground is situated 4 meters below the square, even people with disabilities can comfortably get inside and in all the places of the exhibition.
The regular ticket costs 19 PLN, or about 5 US dollars, and there are discounts for some categories of visitors. Families may buy a Family Ticket which is worth only 38 PLN – 10 USD. For those who like cheap travels there is a possibility to visit the exposition gratis on every Tuesday.
The Rynek Underground museum works almost every day except for the first Tuesday of each month. It opens at 10 am and closes at 8 pm (November – March) or 10 pm (April – October). On Tuesday and Sunday the museum works only till 4 pm. But it’s better to come at least 75 minutes before the closing time, otherwise you might not be able to get in.