loft storey have been converted into storage space and a new seminar room. All these and several other achievements show that the Jagiellonian University Museum is a busy, thriving institution which thanks to its diverse activities is open and accessible not only to the academic community but also to the public at large. This year’s jubilee is an auspicious highlight rounding off the first fifty years of the Museum’s operations, and a good opportunity to wish it a bright future with the traditional academic slogan, ad multos annos!
Curator, Jagiellonian University Museum
Ze zbiorów Muzeum UJ
Auspicious times for the Museum began in the early 1990s. The new political situation enabled it to embark on a broad scope of activities, new initiatives, and new challenges. At the beginning of the new century a restoration project was carried out on the house’s basement. The Museum acquired extra space, to use for storage and temporary exhibitions. A café was opened, and has become a popular venue for staff and students alike. A new staircase was made available, with a permanent exhibition of plaster-casts from the Karol Lanckoroński bequest. The permanent display was augmented with an exhibition of medieval sculpture. About two-thirds of the house’s
Konrad K. Pollesch
full of students going from class to class, as they had done in the old days. He was convinced this was the only way to put new life into the old Collegium Maius.1 The collection was growing all the time. In 1968, following the death of Franciszek Ksawery Pusłowski, the last member of the Pusłowski family bequeathed its priceless collection along with the family residence to the Jagiellonian University. Professor Estreicher’s term in office as the Museum’s director finished in 1976. He was succeeded by the distinguished specialist in criminal law and art lover with a refined penchant for history and museum collections, Professor Stanisław Waltoś. By this time the Museum was leading a life of its own in the formal and legal sense as well as materially; its chief aims had been defined. The work of Professor Waltoś was to a large extent a continuation of the Estreicher concept, and indeed he considered this his mission and duty.
The Libraria, 1960s
Professor Krzysztof Stopka, since 2012 Director of the JU
alma mater No. 166
67 The Libraria now
Alma Mater 166