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Wednesday - Saturday, 9.00 a.m - 5.00 p.m.,
Sunday, 9.00 a.m. -3.00 p.m.
Library and Reading Room of the Tatra Museum in the Main Building: Tuesday – Friday, 8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
• historic exhibition
• ethnographic exhibition
• natural exhibition
normal PLN 7.00,
discount PLN 5.50
Free admittance on Sundays.
Guided tour of the museum: PLN 40.00 (after prior contact with Mr. Wojciech Szatkowski, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +48 18 201 52 05 ext. 26)
The idea of establishing The Tatra Museum was born in the heads of Tytus Chałubiński’s (1820-1889) friends, who wished to commemorate his achievements as the discoverer of medicinal properties of Zakopane, a recognized Warsaw physician, scientist and philanthropist, a great admirer of the Tatra Mountains and “góralszczyzna” [culture of the Tatra Mountains region]. In order to put this idea into practice, the founders established the Tytus Chałubiński’s Tatra Museum Society. The oldest collections, mainly botanical, geological, zoological and ethnographic ones, were gathered thanks to gifts and purchase of whole collections from private collectors. In 1892, the Tatra Museum Society built its own office. It was possible thanks to the successors of Dr Tytus Chałubiński, who donated a plot of land. The building was designed by an architect from Warsaw, Józef Pius Dziekoński. In the same year, the collections were moved to the new building. In the years before World War I, the Society took up activities aimed at two goals: gathering gifts and financial resources for the construction of a brick museum building and enlarging the museum’s collection. At the same time, the Society worked on the design of the new office. In 1911, the Society approved of the designs prepared by a professional architect, Franciszek Mączyński. Mączyński’s design was criticized by Stanisław Witkiewicz, the creator of the Zakopane style, who was asked to give an opinion about it. As a result, the technical design of the building in the Zakopane style according to the concept of Stanisław Witkiewicz was developed by Franciszek Mączyński. The construction works on the new building commenced in 1913. The outbreak of World War I suspended the works. In 1921, the Juliusz Zborowski, a linguist, professor at the secondary school in Nowy Targ and expert in the folk culture of Podhale became the president of the Tatra Museum Society. A year later, he took the position of the manager of the Museum and the custodian of the ethnographic division. In 1922, the Museum obtained the biggest ethnographic collection composed of nearly 400 items donated by Maria Dembowska. The Tatra Museum was opened formally in 1922. Two exhibitions were made available in the new building: an ethnographic exhibition on the ground floor and a natural exhibition on the first floor. The Interwar Period witnessed a successful life of the museum managed by Juliusz Zborowski. Despite financial difficulties, the collection was extended significantly. In the end of the 1920s, Juliusz Borowski planned to establish three new divisions: a division of modern art, craftsmanship and history of Podhale. His plans were put into effect only after World War II.