- Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm,
- Sunday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
The Centre can be closed for visitors during artistic events.
Entrance and surrounding
St. John’s Centre is a unique sight on the map of Gdansk. It is the last of the rebuilt churches destroyed after WWII, where sacrum and profanum fluently go one into another. It joins functions of a museum, concert hall and a church. The gothic monument adapted to new needs contains a huge part of its original equipment.
The St. John’s Centre is situated in St. John’s church on Świętojańska street 50 in Główne Miasto, the historical part of Gdańsk – 1 km away from the central train station (Dworzec Główny), 400 m from St. Mary’s Church, 180 m from the Crane, 400 m from Water Tram at the Fish Market. The entrance is situated halfway through the building from Świętojańska street.
How to get to St. John’s Centre:
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- by SKM (colour red)
- by tram (colour blue)
- by bus (colour yellow)
By SKM train
(Gdańsk Główny station), a need for help for persons with physical disabilities can be addressed under +48 58 721-12-11 or:
The majority of the SKM trains is equipped with voice announcement systems. A walk from the station takes approximately 15 minutes. WARNING! There are obstacles on the way, such as steps, curbs and paved street. Platform 3 at the SKM station is equipped with a lift. The tunnel at the end of SKM and tram underpass is also equipped with a lift going to the street.
(Dworzec Główny or Brama Wyżynna/Hucisko stops): 106, 111, 112, 118, 123, 130, 131, 132, 138, 154, 166, 167, 178, 184, 186, 189, 199, 200, 205, 207, 210, 232, 256, 267, N1, N3, N4, N5, N8, N9, N11, N12, N13. All buses have low floors and voice announcement systems. A walk from bus stop takes approximately 15 minutes.
WARNING! The way from the bus station has curbs and paved street.
(Dworzec Główny or Brama Wyżynna/Hucisko station): 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12. All trams have low floor and sound announcement systems. Transport of persons with disabilities is organised on demand by PKS Sp. z o.o. 3 Maja 12, 80-802 Gdańsk, phone no.: +48 516 008 058,
A walk to the St. John’s Centre takes approximately 15 minutes.
WARNING! The way to the Old Town Hall has obstacles such as curbs and paved street.
There are paid parking lots around the church on Świętojańska and Minogi streets.
The parking between Świętojańska and Minogi streets has one place for person with disabilities. The parking is situated 60 metres away from the building. The way to the building has obstacles such as curbs and paved street.
Information for persons with vision and hearing impairments
St. John’s Centre is facilitated with information tables on the church’s historic equipment. This includes a vertical table containing a map of the building with signatures in Braille (designed also for persons using wheelchairs).There are also horizontal tables with descriptions of particular monuments, The vertical table is situated at 88 cm height, the others – at 86 cm.
Each table has implemented beacons which connect with YourWay application on mobile devices. The beacon provides information on the monument for persons with visual impairments.
We do not provide the possibility to use sign-language translator.
St. John’s Centre has induction loops - surface induction loop, which covers the first ten rows of audiences and workplace induction loop, which are located at the security point.
We recommend to download our mobile application. It contains information on monuments inside the church, high definition digitalised archives audioguides and educational quiz. The application is available in English, German and Polish.
- The building can be entered with a guide dog. There are bowls with water awaiting the dogs.
- St. John’s Centre provides facilities for persons with physical disabilities - a portable wheelchair platform. In order to use the facilities, please contact us before your visit or notify the security guards at the entrance.
- There are toilets adapted for persons with physical impairments.
- There is no cloakroom or possibility to leave luggage.
- Security guards at the entrance are eager to help.
The main entrance leads through big, heavy wooden door at 205 cm width (101cm – one leaf, handle at 106 cm height). In order to open it, it is necessary to push it vigorously. There are two step at the entrance, 10cm height each.
The building is not facilitated with lift (due to historic character of the building). In order to get to the top of the tower, it is necessary to use stairs of different height and width.
- width – 121 to 145 cm,
- height of the handles – 108 to 120 cm,
- number of the stairs – 174 cm,
- height of a stair – 15 to 20 cm.
The rooms in the tower are adapted into cloakrooms for artists and are closed for visitors. The staircase leads also to the attic.
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The buildings have signed toilets adapted for persons with physical disabilities. Ladies’ room is facilitated with changing table for babies. The toilets are situated in adjoining tenement house (entrance through Holy Spirit Chapel, right from the main entrance), 10 m away from the altar. The way leads through 100 cm wide door and 100 cm wide corridor. Toilet door are 100 cm wide, handles are situated at 110 height.
What is where at St. John’s Centre?
- three-naved historic area of a gothic church adapted into cultural centre. Both main nave area and side naves are equipped with movable armchairs heading front or back side of the church, according to upcoming event. The side naves of the western side of the church often hold temporary exhibitions. The eastern part of the church holds elements of cultural heritage. (While sightseeing the church, please pay attention to historic tombstones of non-standard height or depth up to 3 cm protruding the floor. There is a tripping hazard.)
- security guards
First floor in adjoining tenements:
- The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre office
- not open for visitors daily; only guided climbing is possible (in the summertime) or during special events (such as Night of the Museums)
- the attic is not open for visitors on a daily basis
- the area above the vaults of the main nave and transept has wooden floor with 100 cm high railings. The attic door is 72,50cm wide.
Entering the events
Part of our events is free of charge, some require purchase of a ticket. The tickets are sold on www.interticket.pl or in the facility, one hour before the event.
We accept Euro26 cards. Students, pensioners and persons with disabilities and their guardians (holding a valid document) are entitled for discounts.
The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk online
The history of St. John’s church can be also explored online. We recommend a virtual walk around the St. John’s Centre connected with our online art repository available here: https://centrumswjana.pl/odwiedz-centrum-sw-jana-on-line/
Visit our website to see our updates: www.nck.org.pl/en
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