Panorama of the Battle of Racławice
Updated: Oct 2, 2022
This museum is a must-see in Wroclaw. One of a few examples preserved in Europe of this unique type of art.
The enormous painting, 114 meters long and 15 meters high, tells the famous Battle of Racławice, lead by the Admirable Polish general Tadeusz Kościuszko. The battle fought on April 4, 1794, was part of the Polish uprising. The painting work took place in Lwów (Lvov) by the painters Jan Styka and Wojciech Kossak. They worked for nine months until they exhibit their work in 1894, precisely 100 years after the heroic battle. After WWII and the border changing of Poland, the painting was brought to Wroclaw. However, it opened to the public only in 1985. Since then, it attracts millions of visitors.
The visit to the panorama takes precisely 30 minutes. The visitors are buying tickets for a specific hour. When the time comes, the group climbs to the panorama hall. They get to hear a recorded explanation about the panorama and the battle of Racławice. The explanations are in Polish, but audio guides in other languages are available.
There is also the Small Rutanda, which houses a small exhibition that helps to understand the battle: with figurines of Polish and Russian soldiers and their uniforms. In the middle, there is a topographic map of the battle landscape. Finally, in the main hall, you will find a cloakroom and a souvenir stand.
For opening hours and tickets price, check their official website.