National Museum in Kraków draws huge interest during Night of Museums

National Museum in Kraków draws huge interest during Night of Museums Jacek Bednarczyk/PAP

Close to 30,000 people visited the National Museum in Kraków, southern Poland, on Friday during this year’s Night of Museums. The longest queues lined up in front of main building of the museum to get a chance to see Leonard da Vinci's 'Lady with an Ermine'.

The Renaissance painter's famous painting was seen by over 3,000 persons on Friday night.

Guests of the National Museum in Kraków could not only take in all the permanent and temporary exhibitions, but also participate in film screenings and dance performances, and model for students from Kraków's Academy of Fine Arts, or even take home a miniature of "Lady with an Ermine".

"Lady with an Ermine" is a painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci from around 1489–1490. It was acquired by Prince Adam Jerzy Czartoryski around 1800. The artwork was among a collection of some 86,000 pieces of art that the Polish government purchased in December 2016 from the Czartoryski Foundation for the equivalent of around EUR 100 million. It is the only work by the painter in the possession of a Polish museum.