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THE TATRA MUSEUM IN ZAKOPANE, POLAND

The Tatra Mountains are the highest in Poland and Central Europe: the only area of the Carpathian Mountain range with Alpine characteristics. Magnificent scenery and areas of exceptional natural beauty draw tourists from all over Poland and many other countries.
The Tatra Museum is located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains at the centre of Poland’s historic winter capital, Zakopane. The Museum is a uniquely well-endowed repository of knowledge about the natural history and ecology of the Tatras and the distinctive and deeply rooted cultural and artistic traditions of the Polish Highlands region (the so-called “Podhale” region). The “Museum” is actually a network of eleven museums, each housed in a building of major historical and architectural significance, displaying fascinating collections of ethnographic and cultural artefacts, specimens of natural history, and artwork from the region.

THE MAIN BUILDING gives the visitor an insight into the most important aspects of the natural environment in the Tatra Mountains and the region of Podhale, as well as the history of the area and the local people’s “goral” way of living and their culture.

THE GĄSIENICA SOBCZAK FAMILY COTTAGE offers visitors an introduction to the folk roots of the Zakopane style. It includes one of the oldest collections of ethnographic items from the region, which was a source of inspiration for the creator of the Zakopane style, Stanisław Witkiewicz.

THE MUSEUM OF THE ZAKOPANE STYLE AT VILLA KOLIBA is the first wooden villa built in the Zakopane style in years 1892-1893. The exhibition is devoted to the architecture, applied arts and history of the style and includes an impressive display of original furniture and household items as well as the ethnographic collection.

THE GALLERY OF ART AT OKSZA VILLA presents various forms of art created by talented members of the artistic colony in Zakopane from the end of the nineteenth century until 1939. This includes works by well-known Polish artists of the time: Witkacy, Leon Wyczółkowski, Wojciech Weiss, Stanisław Gałek, Zofia Stryjeńska, and Rafał Malczewski.

THE WŁADYSŁAW HASIOR GALLERY is the original gallery of Hasior’s works, presenting sculpture, banners, monuments, and large-scale compositions. Władysław Hasior is considered to be one of the most outstanding and vivid Polish artists of the second half of the 20th century and his Gallery to be amongst the most extraordinary in Europe.

THE KORNEL MAKUSZYŃSKI MUSEUM is a biographic-literary museum showing the life and output of this very popular author (1884-1953), beloved both by children and adults. In his original apartment and living space, decorated with wonderful pieces of art and his library of books, we can feel and imagine the creative atmosphere and vibrancy of Zakopane in times when it was for many artists and progressive thinkers “the hub of the world”.

The other four Tatra Museum branches are in nearby villages: the Korkosz Croft in Czarna Góra, the Sołtys Croft in Jurgów, Łopuszna Manor and Museum of the 1846 Chochołów Uprising in Chochołów. Visitors will enjoy getting to know the beautiful regions of Podhale and Spisz, with their delightful, characteristic and often intricate regional architecture and warmly decorative interiors.

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