Visit at the Abbey

Guided tour of the Abbey (and of the church, when accessible) in Polish

Every hour on the hour in the winter season:

Mon–Fri: 9.15–12.00, 14.00–15.00

Saturdays: 9.00–14.00

Sundays: 14.00–15.00

In summer season:

Mon–Fri: 9.15–12.00, 14.00–17.00

Saturdays: 9.00–14.00, 16.00 – 17.00

Sundays: 14.00–17.00

  • Ticket: 9 zł

Organized group tours

– upon previous arrangement (also in foreign languages – check for availability).

We can confirm guide in foreign language one week before group arrival. Please consider possibility of translation from polish language by the pilot of the group.

Information, reservation:

Mon–Fr: 8.00–16.00

tel.: + 48 12 688 54 50, +48 12 688 54 52

e-mail: rezerwacje@jg.benedyktyni.com

Groups 10-50 Pax, on requests: the fee of 75 PLN for the guide will be charged additionally to the entrance fee.

 MUSEUM

Opening hours:

Summer season: 10.00–18.00

Winter season: 10.00–16.00

Closed: January 1st, Easter, November 1st and December 24th and 25th

  • Normal ticket: 8 zł
  • Discount ticket: 5 zł

Permanent Exhibition

  • The underground chambers hold a permanent exhibition of Romanesque architectural details (column capitals, shafts and bases; fragments of 13th-century floor tiles from the church) and a copy of the chalice-and-paten set found in one of the earliest abbots’ graves.
  • Other objects on display include remnants of prehistoric settlements (everyday artifacts, tools, vessels) and medieval ceramic ware – found on and around the monastery hill. The position of the exhibits in the showcases reflects that of the excavation layers: the oldest finds are placed on the lowest shelves, and the newer discoveries successively on higher shelves.
  • Benedictines. The unity of Europe. An interactive presentation about the history of monasticism, Benedictine monasteries in Europe, Poland, and of course about Tyniec.
  • Combined ticket (Museum + guided tour of the Abbey): 12 zł
  • Combined discount ticket (Museum + guided tour of the Abbey): 10 zł
  • Children under 6: free of charge
  • Family ticket (Museum + guided tour of the Abbey): 30 zł

Temporary Exhibition – In the Monastic Pharmacy

The complicated organisational system of medieval monasteries is fascinating to us even today. For centuries, as self-sufficient establishments, they have been combining the function of spiritual and intellectual centres with a whole infrastructure, from food production to caring for the sick. What turned out to be the most permanent image in our culture is the picture of a monk-scribe and a monk tending to an herb garden in order to prepare medicine from medicinal plants. It is no coincidence, because these functions played a vital role in Europe’s history.

In consequence of the collapse of the Roman Empire, monasteries slowly turned into places providing organised medical assistance, not available elsewhere in Europe for some centuries. Thanks to monasteries, the knowledge from ancient medical treatises has been preserved. Medicinal plants were grown and medicine was produced from them. The monks used the knowledge of ancient physicians, but also conducted their own observations of the properties of herbs and described them meticulously. In consequence, monasteries became the main places of medical studies between the 5th and 10th century. 

The Rule of St Benedict pays special attention to caring for sick monks. It was with them in mind that infirmaries (that is, hospitals) and pharmacies were organised. The latter were supplied with medicine produced on site based on herb gardens. Moreover, the monasteries did not refuse help to their guests, both those from the vicinity and pilgrims. With time, more and more pharmacies were being opened to people from the outside.

The development of medical science at universities, the establishment of the professions of a medic and pharmacist as well as the spread of secular pharmacies influenced the decline of the importance of monasteries in the field of medical aid. Nevertheless, the convents whose mission focused on helping the sick and needy remained active. They ran hospitals and pharmacies that are often still operating today.

In the exhibition, we want to delve into the history of monastic pharmacies and hospitals, as well as to benefit from the wisdom of the monks, who were putting into practice the idea of “a sound mind in a sound body.” While focusing their lives on spiritual matters, they were also intentionally remembering to care for the health of their temporal bodies, in order to be able to serve God with full strength.