Museum of the History of Katowice

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Museum of the History of Katowice

Museum of the History of Katowice
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The main building and most of the Museum’s departments are located in a historic tenement house which was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Its exclusive premises were once occupied by wealthy citizens of the city. Having appreciated the building’s virtues, the Local Government in Katowice decided to allocate the House to the Museum in 1979. In order to faithfully reconstruct middle-class interiors, a permanent exhibition was created in situ. Departments of The Museum of The History of Katowice: -> THEATRE AND FILM DEPARTMENT ul. Kopernika 11, 40-064 Katowice -> PAWEŁ STELLER’S GRAPH ul. Kosciuszki 47, 40-048 Katowice -> ETHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT ul. Rymarska 4, 40-425 Katowice-Nikiszowiec
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1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Śródmieście

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JOHN A
Ljubljana, Slovenia12 contributions
Recommended!
Apr 2019 • Solo
Katowice gets very little publicity which is a shame because there is much to see and do here. This museum is a highlight and a must for anyone interested in Polish and central European history. The staff are outstandingly friendly and helpful and the exhibits are first class. I came away feeling I'd really learned something!
Written April 30, 2019
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David W
George Town, Australia105 contributions
Quite interesting.
May 2018 • Solo
A slightly unusual place for me to visit, but well worth the effort, in my view. The top floor exhibit on the development of Katowice was my favourite, although the floor with the rooms of the rich and the middle class weren't too bad either. Well worth the 10pln entrance fee.
Written August 15, 2018
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JonDoe04134
Umeå, Sweden3,976 contributions
Remembering the past, embracing the future
Jun 2018 • Solo
Fascinating modern exhibition presenting a timeline from the creation of Katowice, its development until when it became a city. 100% in English too (why not in Silesian though?). The part presenting more modern times is scheduled to be opened in September '18, so 5/5 awaits its completion. There are also these two apartments where you can watch furniture, can be interesting but for up to 5 minutes. Anyway, huge leap forward compared to what it used to be when I visited it obligatorily from school.
Written June 2, 2018
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Angelawotzername
Northwich, UK182 contributions
Fascinating insight to middle class Polish culture
Oct 2017
My mother in law recommended this museum and its stunning. We had a personalised tour by 2 Latvian history student volunteers who gave a useful guide to the history. The apartments stunning and the interactive exhibition in the basements also really interesting about the city and multi lingual...well worth a visit. Insightful depiction of Polish life that shattered my preconceptions
Written December 2, 2017
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,467 contributions
Good old days
Jun 2017 • Solo
Life in Kattowtz 100 years ago made visible by providing access to tenant apartments of (upper) middle class citizens. In a way the fact Kattowitz became part of Poland in 1921 after a referendum in which the majority of the city population voted against, was a blessing in disguise. The German and Jewish population at least retained their property rights and continued living in relatively comfortable cicurmstances. After 1945.the Germans were forced out by the communist authorities. Earlier most Jews were killed by the Nazis. The whole building that now houses the museum was nationalized.

I liked the two apartments, The exhibition on the third floor was less 'rich'. Very dark and a lot of text (in both Polish and English), but still interesting. Especially for those interested in modern architecture. Unbelievable that these broad avenues like Warszawska were designed that way mid 19th century! The city founders really had a long term and modern vision of how to build new cities.
Written June 10, 2017
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Fred R
5 contributions
Muzeum Historii Katowic
Mar 2017 • Friends
Very very nice museum ! It was a great pleasure to discover this place. A visit through the time in flats and, for the history of Katowice a very beautiful museography, very interesting in a nice ambience (lights, displays, reading, etc.).

We were guided by a very nice and interesting person, which added a really additional pleasure (thanks you Hanna !).

An unmissable place in Katowice
Written March 9, 2017
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Duennbrettbohrer
Vienna Region, Austria41 contributions
Interesting collection about Silesian History
Jul 2016 • Solo
The exhibition starts with a didactically excellent showcased floor about the history of Katowice in four rooms. This is followed by an exhibition about restaurational work which was in my case presented by an enchanting guide/restaurationist historian with encredible detail and verve. The connection to Silesia was almost tangible. Two residences one from the fin de siecle and one from the interwar period were exhibited and with the vivid storytelling abilities of Hanna came to life as if in any second the owners would step out of the scene and greet the visitors.
Written July 27, 2016
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Thank you so much!
Written July 29, 2016
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Slavo M
80 contributions
Compact, modern exhibit + some art
Apr 2016 • Friends
The museum consists of some temporary art exhibition - in our case this was a very interesting yet disturbing collection of posters from a local art professor. The history floor is totally new with interesting visual effects, presentations, games and all the bells and whistles, and quite compact which makes it not-boring. Two furnished early 19th century apartmets are eye-candy.
Written May 20, 2016
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Janet G
Edinburgh, UK12 contributions
Really interesting museum
Apr 2016 • Couples
On 4 floors and no lift I struggled a bit with the stairs but it was worth it. Exhibitions and a video in English on the top floor one floor Art posters in Polish but still impressive, and one floor lost of rooms decorated with furniture and artefacts from 19th century. Overall well worth a visit
Written April 23, 2016
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Trip-the-Light
Turin, Italy483 contributions
Two Examples of Polish Apartments + Lots of Local Mining History
Jan 2016 • Couples
Small, very interesting museum which has examples of rooms from two typical Silesian apartments, one of a mining engineer/supervisor and the other more typical of someone wealthier. Beautiful wood furniture and an amazing ceramic fireplace are on display. Find the creepy, cool embroidered pillow on one of the sofas which has a big black spider embroidered on it. We had the place to ourselves and a personal guided tour (in Polish only) for this section. No real information tags on exhibits, either in Polish or English. The upstairs section is a very detailed, modern exhibit on the mining history/general history of the area, in Polish with English subtitles. For someone who is interested in mining and geology, it would be a dream. I found it a little bit too detailed from this standpoint but still enjoyable. In particular you should look at the display which shows the number of mines in the area, from its inception in the area through its rise and eventual decline.
Written March 19, 2016
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  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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