Thinking about ethnographic museums


The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Cracow, being aware of the uniqueness of the oldest collected ethnographic collection in Poland entrusted to it, respectfully takes care of what our ancestors have instructed us to preserve, developing, disseminating and promoting its collections and promoting knowledge of the history and diversity of human cultures.

Those who seek their roots, identity or inspiration are welcome visitors to all the Museum's facilities.

The heart of the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow is its collections - a unique, valuable and very diverse collection. A collection of objects, documents, works of art, in which each exhibit has its own story, linked to the history of a particular people. We present these testimonies of the past and these stories to living contemporaries, while caring for them with great care, preserving them and properly storing them for future generations.

At the same time, the Museum continues to conduct research, describing the found world, searching for new contexts, interpreting phenomena, uncovering what is covered or not understood and conducting in-depth scientific discourse in the circles of scientific and cultural institutions.

The Ethnographic Museum will become an institution open to all social groups.

The museum will conduct extensive educational and popularization activities, not only in its premises, but also outside.

The museum will use the potential and experience of its employees, who will become experts in regionalism, ethnography, anthropology, art history, museology, local heritage for many communities.

The museum will raise its profile by becoming a significant scientific institution, initiating and organizing scientific activities, in cooperation with other museums, scientific institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations and conducting scientific research.

The Museum will become, in cooperation with Malopolska's cultural institutions, a significant center for regional education in Poland, at the same time emphasizing the preservation of cultural achievements and promoting the distinctiveness of the inhabitants of all ethnographic groups from the Malopolska area.

The museum will provide substantive support to associations and organizations and will patronize events promoting traditional culture and regionalism.

Monika Dudek
Director of the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow