Silesian Museum
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Muzeum Slaskie comprises a building complex erected at the site of the former mine and represents a perfect combination of the region’s identity with state-of-the-art architectural solutions. Such result was achieved thanks to the maximum use of underground space, and therefore relatively low interference with the local, post-industrial landscape. Impressive spaces are vast and modern and at the same time maintain the memory of place, which closely corresponds with the Museum’s cultural policy. The new building of Muzeum Slaskie, raised as a result of the local inhabitants’ needs and some brave decisions, has quickly and naturally become the crucial cultural centre of the region, a remarkably important Silesian social life hub and a significant contributor on the cultural map of Poland. The new building allowed us to display valuable exhibits, which we were unable to present to the visitors earlier, and create the “The Light of History. Upper Silesia over the Ages.” exhibition — an innovative event, which is both important for the region and emotional. However, opening new exhibitions in just one of the goals fulfilled by the Silesian Museum. It is people who matter most to us and that is why we are proud to have established a dynamic and thriving meeting place.
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Marek_ZG
Zielona Gora, Poland1,509 contributions
Jul 2022
Silesian culture complex consists of a number of galleries, including temporary ones. However, my favourite is the part devoted to the history of this region. No need to sit in classrooms, just pay a visit to this museum.
Written July 24, 2022
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Štěpán Č
Prague, Czech Republic10 contributions
Jul 2021
Very good permanent exhibition devoted to the history of the whole Silesian region, from the middle age to the present. If you want to understand why Germans paid so much attention to the region, how the nationalities mixed there and borders were drawn and redrawn and what happened during both WWWs, don't miss this museum. It's is both very informative and beautifully arranged.
Written July 10, 2021
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Lars K
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Jul 2022 • Solo
The exhibition about Selesia is awesome! I really enjoyed the very modern concept and every single information displayed, You can really forget the time.
The other exhibitions are also really nice.
I highly recommend this museum!
Written July 28, 2022
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fordshan
Exeter, UK61 contributions
Nov 2019
Cannot recommend this too highly.
Very reasonable entrance fee, penty to see and do, something to appeal to everyone.
The buildings are magnificent and the attention to detail is amazing. Beautifully designed and laid out. Clean and well-signed.Good refreshments. Long queue to go up the tower so we didn't bother, but would have been a great view I'm sure.
Written January 4, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,404 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
Did not expect to find such a wonderful museum in Katowice. It is located at the grounds of a former mine just 2 km Northeast of Katowice main railwaystation. From the schacht tower there is a nice view over the city. The museum proper has different sections of which the history part in the basement is probably the most interesting as it is interactive to some extent and rather instructive about Silesia's recent and past history. Once Silesia was an industrial power house (coal and steel) for Prussia and Germany and after the Second World war for Poland. Interesting to see that even 'wise' leaders like Bismarck were unable to Germanize the area. One can not impose another culture. Hitler tried a more drastic approach by forcing Polish and Jewish people out with violence. Also unsuccessful.
The museum also has an interesting modern art section. 'Heads on fire' is one of the (master) pieces. Rather appropriate considering all the burning coal transforming iron ore into steel and the hustle and bustle of the history department. Hope they improve the noise and sound management.
Overall a great experience. I went there twice.
Free admission on Tuesdays.
Written May 30, 2017
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Jan
Bremen, Germany37 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Just come. It's really awesome. One day on a week it's totally free. The museum is very well organized, staff is friendly and well informed. It's fun and wandering inside doesn't feel like a chore. You can learn a lot about area and enjoy yourself at the same time.
Written October 7, 2019
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Steven S
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Jun 2017 • Friends
When in Katowice do not miss this diamond pressed out of a former coal mine. Upper Silesia is one of the most historically interesting parts of Poland, and this museum does a fine treatment to its significance. The brooding permanent collection is excellent, often leaning industrial oand somber in direction. For the English speaker the historical section will be overwhelming, but I think it’s important to get a feel for the period and move on, not getting bogged down in the minutiae of local history. There is a contemporary section which was quite provocative for conservative Poland. The coffee shops (yes there are two) are beautiful nooks, the older buildings on the campus’ surface have been remodeled or are in progress and are fascinating unto themselves. There is a mine elevator tower (szyb in Polish) which lends a sweeping view of the center of the city. All in all, I am deeply impressed with this museum. My only reservation would be the museum can at times be too pro-Polish but I suspect this is a lingering fear of Silesian regionalism coming from Warsaw. Silesia has its own distinct language and culture which is not adequately represented in the museum’s curation.
Written June 7, 2017
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Basia K
Krakow, Poland357 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
Important: since July 2015 there are 2 locations of the Silesian Museum - the old one at Korfantego and the new one at Dobrowolskiego street. Don't waste time at Korfantego, head straight to the new location.

The museum's building would be awesome even without the museum inside. The most interesting exhibition is the one about coal mining.
Written July 12, 2015
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Daniel C
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia473 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
"Museum Slaskie" is a small museum located in the central district of katowice, it has 3 levels of exhibitions at present and exhibits paintings, photos and items depicting the time period 1700 to 1950. The offerings are such that you will need a minimum of 1 hour to view as the majority of items will have you thinking, smiling and remembering your own past as you contemplate the past of the Polish people. The fee is only a couple few dollars and well worth it.......I'm not sure about the wheelchair access. I have attached a number of photos to give you an idea of what to expect. i really hope you get a chance to see this museum. Enjoy we did.....
Written August 7, 2014
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Roosmarie A
Rotterdam, The Netherlands104 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
What a great museum! Building is marvelous and the permanent Silesian exhibition is very good. Entertaining as well. Go there!!
Written November 15, 2019
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