We have been to Krakow often enough that we are starting to seek out the smaller tourist attractions. These are often the best, anyway. Or at least the oddest.
Our goal for a couple of extra hours we had last weekend was to visit the medieval art collection at the National Museum at the Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace. But we accidentally went into the building next door, which is the Diocesan Museum of Krakow. To be fair, there were some bits of medieval art inside, which is why we didn’t cotton on to our mistake right away. But it did occur to us that there was an awful lot of Pope John Paul II stuff on display. It just kept going and going.
As it turns out, the building was the home of Pope John Paul II, AKA Father Karol Wojtyła, from 1952 to 1967. Now it houses a collection of his possessions and other memorabilia. Despite JP II being highly venerated in his home country, we were the only visitors. It is a very odd little museum, but we liked it. (Next time we’ll check out the Bishop Ciołek museum!)