Locksmithing Museum

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The tiny town of Świątniki Górne, with some 2500 residents, is home to a great treasure – the one and only Locksmithing Museum.
Museum boasts some amazing exhibits and guides. Visitors can try their hand at swinging a sword, don an armour and take blacksmithing tools into their hands. The history of Świątniki, which used to be a township of the Wawel Chapter, dates back to the 11th century. Its name refers to the old jobs of the residents, who worked as guides in the Wawel Cathedral, kept order and sometimes even rang the Sigismund Bell. By the end of the 16th century, the town turned towards a new craft – the residents of Świątniki became blacksmiths and armourers, arming bishop’s hussars. When the age of knights came to an end 200 years later, they switched to manufacturing locks and padlocks that were sold all over the world. The traditions of Świątniki are showcased by the museum located in a historic building of the Imperial and Royal Locksmithing School, established by the end of the 19th century.

Opening hours:
Monday 2–5pm
Tuesday 7am–noon
Wednesday 9am–5pm
the last weekend of the month 10am–5pm (after prior phone reservation)



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