Museum of the History of Katowice

Museum of the History of Katowice

Museum of the History of Katowice
4.5
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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
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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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  • Marco
    Schio, Italy3,935 contributions
    La terra dell’Ambra
    Secondo la mitologia, quando Fetonte figlio di Helios (il Sole) fu ucciso le sue sorelle in lutto divennero pioppi e le loro lacrime divennero l'origine di élektron, l'ambra.
    Traveled on business
    Written August 26, 2020
  • Podróże małe i duże
    48 contributions
    Można się dużo dowiedzieć!
    Bardzo mi się podobało. Kamienica mieszczańska jest przepiękna, a na wystawie dużo się dowiedziałem. Dzieci może zaciekawić. Polecam przychodzić we wtorki jest wstęp wolny i w ogóle nie ma ludzi.
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2019
  • wredna_gl
    51 contributions
    Dla całej rodziny
    Uwielbiam takie muzea! W ramach swojej wystawy posiadają wystrój mieszkania mieszczańskiego. Duża dbałość o detale, bogata ekspozycja. Przemiły personel. Pan, który nas oprowadzał (naszą 3 i jeszcze parę osób), choć nie musiał, mówił bardzo ciekawie i co chwilkę rzucał ciekawostkami. Świetne miejsce na spędzenie wolnego czasu.
    Traveled with family
    Written March 24, 2018
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,499 contributions
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
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
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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Trip-the-Light
Turin, Italy483 contributions
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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Claudio P
Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland24 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
A beauty exposition to understand the soul of the town. Original objects, maps and not only directly from the past can help you to see the evolution of the amazing Katowice! All the explanations are in polish but... don't worry, friendly workers will help you with translations in engish! You can't lose in your Katowice's trip this amazing museum!
Written October 19, 2013
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David W
George Town, Australia105 contributions
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, Sweden4,170 contributions
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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Slavo M
80 contributions
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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Geir P
21 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
My girlfriend and I went to this museum, hoping to learn a bit about the history of the city. Unfortunately, the "history part" of the museum was currently unavailable, but would - provided my memory serves me right - reopen a month later.
Instead we got to see two other exhibits. One was an art exhibit, showing the works of some prolific Polish artist. This didn't do very much for us, as we didn't have any knowledge of the artist in question and there was little information made available in English.
The other exhibit was a permanent one, consisting of two apartments furnished and eqipped in the fashion of middle and upper middle class homes of Katowice in the early 1900s. This exhibit was quite interesting and well carried out. While it didn't contain any written information, we instead had the pleasure of being accompanied by a guide. Despite some linguistic challenges, this very friendly guide managed to supply us with both interesting facts and funny stories.
In the end we were quite happy with our visit, although the museum will likely be even more interesting when the city history exhibit opens.
(Entrance is free on Saturdays, while there is a low entrance fee on other week days.)
Written August 19, 2015
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Tijs V
Maldegem, Belgium49 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
When you're in Katowice and you want to know the whole history of the city and the region, I recommend this place. Inside there's space with information about the history and there are also some rooms that show you how the living in the city was during the 19th and 20th century.
Written July 1, 2015
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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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