17 May 2019
The Cracow Saltworks Museum in Wieliczka invites you to visit our exhibitions in the Wieliczka Salt Mine at a depth of 135 m and in the Saltworks Castle during the Long Night of Museums on 17 May 2019 between 19:00 and 24:00.
The Brotherhood of Knights from Cracow will make the courtyard of the Saltworks Castle burst in life that night, showing everyday life of medieval knights, demonstrating their martial games, and the Tournament of Roses.The programme includes interesting, interactive Knight Competitions for You(at 21:00), intriguing Fight at Bowls of Fire(at 22:00), and the swordsmanship machines and executioner postthat will give you a thrill of emotion.
The year 2019 in Poland is dedicated to the great Polish composer Stanisław Moniuszko. His compositions will be performed at the concert Moniuszko and his Work by the students and teachers from the Schools of Music in Wieliczka (at 20:00).
Enthusiasts and collectors of beautiful objects will surely be happy to visit our exhibitions:“Beauty of the Table. Tableware from the Czartoryski Collection” and “Salt Shakers and Cellars –Little Masterpieces of Art.”
The collection of the Czartoryski family was started in the late 18th century by duchess Izabela Czartoryska, a cousin of the Polish king. Her sustained effort resulted in amassing one of the most important collections of art and national memorabilia in Poland. Those precious objects of tableware are related to the salt cellars displayed on the permanent exhibition in the Saltworks Castle. The Cracow Saltworks Museum in Wieliczka has collected salt cellars and shakers for decades and today displays one of the most precious collections in the world with almost 1000 objects. Importantly, salt was very expensive in the past and a salt cellar also had to be very precious and beautiful. It was placed on the table in front of the most distinguished guest.
Also the Museum Route in the Salt Mine can be visited during the Long Night of Museums.
The Museum Trail in the mine is located at a depth of 135 m. It is 1.5 km long and displays about 2000 objects illustrating mine operation, miners’ work and traditions, the development of mining technology. Particularly valuable items include the unique collection of wooden horse-powered hauling gears (the 17th and 18th centuries) and “The Diggers Brotherhood Horn” (the 16th century). The collection also contains other mining devices and tools, lamps, narrow-gauge trains, rock salt specimens, vessels used to produce salt 6,000 years ago, pictures and sculptures, and impressive salt interiors with traces of historical mining work. The mine also stages a temporary exhibition titled “Memory of the Sea”.
Only the Museum Trail will be open to visitors during the Long Night of Museums (excluding the Tourist Trail available on other days by the same ticket). The visitors will be transferred in an elevator to a depth of 135 m.
The number of tickets for visitors to the Mine Museum is limited. Booking from 14 May, 8:00 by telephone: 12 278 58 49 until all tickets are sold . Entrance tickets can be picked up and groups will assemble in the Saltworks Castle at 8 Zamkowa street in Wieliczka; please arrive 15 minutes in advance of transfer to the mine.