Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, Krakow

#6 of 68 in Museums in Krakow
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Take a tour of the university's oldest building, Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, which features striking architecture and an array of furnished rooms to explore. The late-Gothic structure, which sits on a large courtyard, dates back to the 14th century and boasts an illustrious list of alumni, including the renowned Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. On your guided tour, you'll learn about one of Europe's oldest universities and discover interesting artifacts, including medieval scientific instruments, valuable paintings, and the 16th century Jagiellonian globe. Those who want to purchase a souvenir from the gift store should bring cash along, as credit cards are not accepted. Take the guesswork out of planning a Krakow vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,087 reviews
  • Very educational place. Nicely kept. Lots of explanations all around. The place itself and the exposed items are unique.  more »
  • Oldest Polish university with a lot of rich history behind it, and still functions as institute of higher education. Museum has repository of older science instruments.  more »
  • 1364 foundation of the university 1400 restoration & opening of the Collegium Maui’s 1491 start of Nicolas Kopernik studies 1777 language of teaching changed to polish 1883 liquefaction of oxygen...  more »
  • Part of the guided tours in Krakow as it's a large part of Poland's history. If I remember correctly, most of Poland's/Krakow's universities were once institutions of this university. Interesting fact we found out passing a nearby house. If a black flag is adorned from a nearby house it means one of the professor's/senior staff had recently died. You can do a tour on your own as the guided tour will take you to other destinations. Also a prime spot for a photo.
  • If you are in Krakow, try and have a guided tour of the historical rooms and halls of the Jagellonic university. The guided are extremely well prepared and cover a good number of languages. The climax of the tour is obviously the Copernicus room with the astronomical instruments. Once back in the courtyard, seize the chance to take a look at the carillon.
  • A gorgeous and rich place with a professional, enjoyable and informative guide. Absolutely worth the price and the wait!
  • Got here at 10 AM, when the museum is opening, to find a sign that says the museum is not open until 3 PM. The museum shop was open, though. No hint what kind of tour they'd be offering that day (there's two) or whether they still have spots on them (as you need a reservation). Lots of people came here and were disappointed in the 5 minutes I was there.
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Krakow

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.