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: 10.15, 12.00–15.00

In summer season:

Mon–Fri: 9.15–12.00, 14.00–17.00

Saturdays: 9.00–14.00, 16.00 – 17.00

Sundays: 10.15, 12.00–17.00

  • Ticket: 6 zł

Audioguide (Polish, English, German): 5 zł

Includes museum, courtyard and the church.

Persons who borrow an audio-guide are asked to leave a government-issued photo ID in the deposit.

Organized group tours

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

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:

April – September 10.00 -18.00

October – March 10.00 – 16.00

 

  • Normal ticket: 7 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.
  • A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MONK – a film about the everyday life of the Tyniec monks and various editions of the Rule of St Benedict, the set of precepts which – despite the passing centuries – continues to determine and shape the rhythm of the lives led by the contemporary monks at Tyniec.
  • Combined ticket (Museum + guided tour of the Abbey): 10 zł
  • Combined discount ticket (Museum + guided tour of the Abbey): 8 zł
  • Children under 6: free of charge
  • Family ticket (Museum + guided tour of the Abbey): 25 zł

Temporary Exhibition Habit – “garment for eternity” – from fabric to symbol

Clothing is the most faithful companion of man. It serves as a cover from the very first minutes of one’s life until a person is laid in the coffin for eternity. Thus it can be boldly said that the things that we cover ourselves with play a very important role in the broadly conceived cultural landscape. The first and basic function of attire was to protect the body from climatic conditions and from the feeling of shame caused by nakedness. Such were the beginnings of clothing according to the message of the first book of the Bible – the Book of Genesis: when the first humans broke God’s commandment and tasted the forbidden fruit, their eyes were opened and they knew that they were naked. Then they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings of them; soon after, when driving them out of the paradise garden, God made garments of skin for them (Gen 3:7.21). Clothing thus became an inseparable companion of human fortunes and misfortunes. With time, garments also started to serve different functions conditioned by cultural, moral, social and religious transformations.

Attire understood as an aesthetic covering and protection of the body is called clothing. Another function that garments can serve is when they are used to temporarily play a specific role. In such cases we can speak of costume. However, clothing also plays an important role in extraverbal social communication, as a form of a message – both sent out consciously and subconsciously. Given such an assumption, clothing should be referred to as dress. By means of dress it is possible to express, in a conscious manner, one’s membership in a social group, communicate one’s marital and property status, one’s religion or confession, ancestry, subculture, occupation, and even the number of children one has. Similarly, in the sphere of the sacred, tradition or law determined the dress for specific groups, such as for example virgins consecrated to God, priests, prophets, hermits, monks or friars.

The exhibition focuses on the clothing of the members of the monastic family, namely the one living according to the Rule of Saint Benedict in contemporary Poland: Benedictine Brothers and Sisters, Cistercians and Camaldolites. We display the elements of the habit (tunic, belt, scapular, cowl), their shape, colour, as well as complementary elements (mozettas, hoods). Another aspect is a form of semiology of the monastic garb, which presents the variety of dress that informs of the successive stages of monastic formation (postulancy, clothing ceremony, novitiate, juniorate). The specific character of choir and liturgical dress is also presented, as well as the insignia (crosier, mitre and ring) and less-known attributes (e.g. the calpacs of the abbesses of Staniątków). The habit as the symbol of devoting oneself to God and making monastic vows is also a form of expressing a spirit of penance and mortification.

Finally, we also point to the theme of social reception and influence by means of monastic dress in various surroundings and cultural circles. At the same time, we touch upon a wholly opposite phenomenon of laypeople who desire to be buried in monastic dress as a garment „for eternity,” ensuring them, together with the prayers of the monks (nuns), the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation.

Therefore, does a habit make a monk? And can we speak of a form of a monastic fashion?