Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology


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Formed in 1994, on the initiative of Andrzej Wajda and Krystyna Zachwatowicz, it was a division of National Museum Krakow, and also a place where the Kyoto-Krakow Foundation proactively promoted the culture, art and technology of Japan. In 2005, pursuant to a decision of the Minister of Culture, the Manggha Centre was spun off from the organisation of the Museum and until 1st September 2007 operated on its own as an autonomous cultural institution.

Since1st September 2007 the status of the Centre has changed.
The Manggha Museum has no analogy not only in Poland, but also in Europe. Ever since the beginning of its existence, it has combined two functions: that of a museum per se and also that of a centre of culture. In terms of forms and effects, the activities of the Museum match the understanding of the role of the contemporary museum, which is becoming a dynamic institution, introducing new extra-museum forms of activity going beyond the traditional gathering, systematising and displaying of collections. In accordance with the general trend, the old type of museum – the ‘temple of arts’ – is gradually turning into a vibrant centre of culture, and increasingly its primary goal is to propagate art through interdisciplinary work, where the main emphasis is on education in its broadest sense. Instead of typical features of a traditional museum, such as durability and invariability, in the new type of institution the following are foregrounded: openness, adaptability and diversity of activities.
The presence in the Manggha Museum of a rich collection of old Japanese art owned by the National Museum in Krakow makes it possible to offer a versatile presentation of traditional Japanese culture. Ever since the opening of the Museum, the collection has been an integral part of what we offer, which means that, whenever necessary, selected objects form this collection serve as either a starting point or a point of reference form presentation of specific themes in Japanese culture, art and customs.
Address: 26 Konopnickiej Street
Opening hours:
Mondays – closed

Tuesdays – Sundays – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
15 PLN normal

10 PLN reduced

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