Collegium MaiusCurrently Closed
- Address: Collegium Maius, Jagiellonska 15, Krakow, Poland (Stare Miasto)
- Timings: 10:00 am - 02:15 pm Details
- Phone: +48-124220549
- Ticket Price: 12 PLN
- Tags: Art And Culture, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Collegium Maius is Latin for “Great College”, which it is in many terms. This college, a part of the Jagiellonian University, was built in 1364 with grants from the King Jagiello’s late wife Queen Jadwiga. Built in the Polish Gothic style, it is still used by the University for its Lecture Rooms, professor’s quarters and library. An astonishingly old centre of learning it taught one of the greatest scientific minds of the last millennia, Nicolas Copernicus, who formed the heliocentric model of the known universe which went against the teachings of its time and placed the Sun at the centre of our system, not the Earth. Another famous pupil is Pope John Paul II who studied philology and languages here till the start of the Second World War. One of their most important exhibits on display is the original Jagiellonian globe, a gilded copper globe that is considered to be the earliest globe to show the Americas as a separate continent to the west. There are also instruments here that were used by Copernicus himself!
- The College grounds are free to visit.
- The museum is free to visit on Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 12 Zloty for a ticket on other days.
- It is located in the Old Town. You can visit it during one of your mid-day strolls.
- Buy or reserve the tickets early, there are a limited number.
- Flash photography is not allowed.
- There are many restaurants dotted around the area. There is a cafe in the cellar of the college.
- The buses numbered 124, 152, 304, 424, 502 and the trams numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24 and 52 can be taken here. The stop is the Main Market Square. It is a short walk from there.
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38.03% of people who visit Krakow include Collegium Maius in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
70.83% of people start their Collegium Maius visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Collegium Maius
76.47% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Collegium Maius
A really nice place to visit. Everyone comes to see the courtyard clock chime on the hour and there are several free permanent exhibits but you should definitely sign up for the tour. You will only see a handful of rooms but they have really interesting things to see including scientific instruments used by Copernicus. We really enjoyed the tour.
This historic university building is well worth an afternoon. While the tour was short, and ultimately only goes through a handful of rooms, it was very informative, and helps you to grasp the significance of this place. The ornate art and architecture, inside and out, as well as the collection of artifacts and precious objects is astounding for a university. Nicholas Copernicus' time at the university is explained, as is the interesting way of life of the early university professors. The tours are limited in size, and are only available certain times of the day in English. They also only take cash as payment. While the tourbooks all recommend coming on the uneven hours to see the mechanical clock, this particular element seems overrated (though entertaining), especially considering that it is not original and has been rebuilt several times.
Very nice building. Well preserved. The guide was friendly and knew a lot about the place. The museum is smaller than other major museums (like Rynek Underground) so it's not very crowded. There are many nice artifacts to see, including an authentic Oscar prize statue and a Nobel prize. It's worth a visit!
Went to listen to the display of the Los clock. It did not fail and was very timely.
Nice museum, has a pretty good collection. they have 2 tours, the one I took was tje normal one that is an overview of the history of the university. The second one (I didn't knew then that existed) is more scientific and it sounds like a lot of fun. The only thing I must say is that maybe the tour is too short in order to see the details, because there are many object worth seeing and the schedule is fitted in such way it can not be delayed. If you want to take your time I recomend to take the last tour because is more relaxed and the guide let you take your time to appreciate the exhibition.