Entering The Hipolit House, one senses the climate of a bourgeois house. The exhibition collecting diverse furniture, paintings, fabrics, various objects and the decorations conveys a lot about various, historic interior styles. Exhibition of interiors is designated on two levels of the attraction.
The ground floor welcomes its visitors with a study of rich burghers from 17th century, from which they can go through a preserved cabinet from those times, ending in a beautiful collectioners’ hall. One should know here that in the times of Galician Autonomy many of Kraków’s citizens and settling immigrants gathered marvelous collections of present and past art. Going up the stairs, we will find ourselves in an apartment from the 19th century, consisting of Grandmother’s room, daughter’s room and a big dining room. The first two chambers are nice, and cosy, but modest and sometimes old-fashioned. The dining room, however compensates the first impression.
One can see there a big table in the center and a hanging oil lamp, giving a pleasant, warm light. Next to it, stretches a large carved sideboard with various vessels and a shiny samovar, placed on the table. The dining room is connected with a large saloon, converging among others an elegant piano and a great couch. These combined with the multiple paintings, rugs and trinkets tells a lot about the character of this place.
The Hipolit House division of the Historical Museum of Krakow and is located right next to the St. Mary’s Basilica.