Museum of the History of Katowice

Museum of the History of Katowice

Museum of the History of Katowice
4.5
11:00 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
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Rosie T
Leatherhead, UK152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We wanted to take a day train trip from Krakow and, having looked at the InterCity timetable, decided on Katowice (about an hour away). So glad we did, what a lovely city centre and wonderful Galeria for shopping. However, the highlight for us was the Museum of the History of Katowice. The middle floor has fascinating examples of middle class and upper class apartments from the 1900s. We were given information sheets in English, as a tour guide wasn’t available. The top floor has the history of Katowice itself with interesting exhibits and information provided in both Polish and English. About a mile from the train station, very quiet when we visited. You are requested to leave backpacks in the cloakroom. Would definitely recommend if you are visiting this lovely city.
Written 27 May 2024
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lance767
Croydon, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Very well put together museum that gives you the full history of the area and why people came and settled there or at times not. Food was the driver as starvation was the biggest killer of people and the lack of fertile land delayed settlement until the Iron Age and then water to drive the furnaces and settlement with trade.
The very interactive setup engages you the whole way through. Would be recommending it to any one interested in history.
Written 30 August 2023
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Janet G
Edinburgh, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 23 April 2016
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JOHN A
Ljubljana, Slovenia46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 30 April 2019
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Angelawotzername
Northwich, UK172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2 December 2017
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 10 June 2017
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Fred R
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 9 March 2017
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Duennbrettbohrer
Vienna Region, Austria40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 27 July 2016
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Thank you so much!
Written 29 July 2016
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Trip-the-Light
Turin, Italy476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 19 March 2016
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Claudio P
Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 19 October 2013
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