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Restored Krakow landmark

  • The Norway Grants have provided the necessary financing to renovate the 13th century Cloth Hall in Krakow, one of the city's landmarks and main tourist attractions.

    The Sukiennice, also known as the Cloth Hall, stands at the centre of the Rynek Glówny, the main square of Krakow's UNESCO-listed old town. The Sukiennice houses the Gallery of 19th century Polish art of the National Museum in Krakow.

    The National Museum in Krakow was established in 1879 and is the oldest national museum in Poland. The museum contains a rich collection of works of Polish, European and non-European art, and is the biggest museum in Poland in terms of numbers of buildings (17), galleries (11) and with the biggest number of art artefacts (800 000). It organises a large number of exhibitions and cooperates actively with institutions and foundations abroad. The museum employs 600 staff.

    Prior to the €5.2 million renovations financed by Norway, the exhibition conditions in the Sukiennice were far from adequate and posed a threat to the artefacts. The roof and terraces have now been reinforced and new heating, sewage, lighting and fire protection systems have been installed. The introduced air conditioning, ventilation and heating parameters in the renovated museum are optimal for the artefacts on display. Among the other elements of the renovation project are new CCTV and security systems, a temporary exhibition space, a new cloakroom and sanitary facilities, and a museum shop and cage. The building has also been adjusted to the needs of disabled visitors.

    Across the square from the Sukiennice one finds the International Cultural Centre, another building comprehensively renovated with support from the EEA Grants. In the same area one also finds the 3 buildings being renovated through the EEA Grants supported Jesuit Pearls project.

    Photo: Sidsel Bleken, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Warsaw.

  • Country:


    Project title:

    Renovation and Modernisation of the Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in the Sukiennice, Cracow

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage


    € 5,235,799



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual project

    Project promoter:

    The National Museum in Krakow

    Type of institution:


    Project duration:

    27 months

    Project cost:

    € 10,497,749

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    06 March 2007

    The purpose of the Project is the renovation and modernisation of the Gallery of 19th century Polish art of the National Museum of Cracow - Sukiennice, with the overall objective of protecting the movable and immovable cultural heritage and increasing the significance of culture and tourism as factors stimulating economic and social development. Reference is made to the application, dated 20 March 2006, and to correspondence with the Focal Point dated 14 June 2006, 23 October 2006, 30 November 2006, and 13 December 2006.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    • preparatory works, including the disassembly of art works and their transport to a temporary location;

    • the introduction or replacement of systems, including surveillance and security systems, fire alarm and fire-extinguishing system, and computer monitoring system;

    • modernisation and replacement of lighting fixtures and electrical wiring, as well as heating, water, sewerage, and ventilation systems;

    • reinforcement of the roof and terraces;

    • creation of a new temporary exhibition space;

    • creation of modern presentation facilities: a multimedia/audiovisual room, an internet room, a multipurpose room, and a studio room for researchers;

    • adjustments to the building for the needs of disabled visitors, including a lift;

    • modifications to the entrance and new facilities in the new Gallery entrance hall, including culture information desk, a cafe, a modern commercial space (museum store), expanded sanitary facilities, and a cloakroom;

    • fitting out of the building with furnishings and equipment; and

    • construction of modern storage rooms for works of art, a painting conservation studio, offices in painting and education department, and facilities and storage premises for employees.

    The Project Promoter is National Museum in Cracow.

    The Ministry of Culture shall provide at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible project cost.