Janowiec Castle Museum
Opening hours: Closed public holidays; open all other days, May-October, 10am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-2pm; November-April, Mondays 10am-2pm, Tuesdays-Fridays 10am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-7pm.
The Janowiec Castle was built for Mikolaj Firlej in the early sixteenth century. Later that century the architect Santi Gucci turned it into a manneristic residence combining features of both a castle and a palace. Later extensions and re-designs added Baroque and Rococo traits to the building's exterior and interiors. A Baroque chapel was erected in the courtyard in the mid-seventeenth century. Since the early years of the nineteenth century the Janowiec Castle started to deteriorate and before long fell into ruin. The innovatory restoration project embarked upon in 1988 envisaged leaving substantial parts of the Castle in permanent ruin. The reconstruction of the other areas of the Castle involved meticulous re-creation of architectural detail as well as - for the first time ever - of colours used on the Castle walls, in particular with regard to the colourful stripes and figures of halberders on the gates and on the western wing. This unconventional approach of the restorers has elicited response ranging from admiration to condemnation, but has nevertheless made the Janowiec Castle truly worth visiting. The restored interiors house exhibitions telling the history of the Castle, of its renovation and of the development of the art of defence. A few rooms have been decorated and furnished as they would have been in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and these form the Castle Interiors Museum.
The sixteen hectare [forty acre] park surrounding the Castle is also home to the Open Air Architecture Museum with manor and farm buildings moved here from the area of Lublin. Visitors may see a wooden Baroque manor house from 1760, a granary, a depository, a coach station and an administration building. The reconstructed interiors of the manor house include a hall, drawing room, dining room, landlady's and landlord's rooms, and a library. There is a garden, a driveway with a flower bed, walking paths, an entrance gate with the porter's lodge, and a chapel. The granary houses an ethnographical exhibition showing household equipment, folk costumes, and crafts.
Muzeum - Zamek w Janowcu nad Wisłą
ul. Lubelska 20
Phone/Fax: (+48 81) 881 52 28