Bound by the heritage of the region, its historical dynamics, its numerous cultures and the leading role of industry, and yet recognizing Silesia’s intellectual and artistic background, Muzeum Śląskie provides a space for dialogue with the past and the achievements of modernity to further explore Silesia, Poland and Europe.
We are inspired by the heritage of Silesia: its intellectual and artistic achievements and its rich multicultural history. Our venue at the former mining site points to the significant role that the industry has played in the region. We have turned the former coal mine into a cultural mine, and, 14 metres below the ground level, have provided access to rich and diverse collections. The depths of the Earth now contain the Gallery of Polish Art 1800–1945, the Gallery of Polish Art after the Year 1945, the Gallery of Silesian Religious Art and the Gallery of Non-Professional Art, as well as a hugely popular exhibition “The Light of History: Upper Silesia over the Ages.” The exhibition of set design for film and theatre: “Laboratory of Space: The Past in the Present” is a truly unique show at Centrum Scenografii Polskiej.
The underground space also includes educational rooms, a library with a reading room, an auditorium with 320 seats, an educational corner for children and space for temporary exhibitions that is 12.5 m high.
After exploring the riches of the depths of Muzeum Śląskie, you might want to have a look at Katowice from quite a different angle offered by our observation tower. The observation platform is located 40 metres above the ground. The former Warszawa II shaft offers views of the entire Culture Zone and the city skyline.
Along with the adjacent park, Muzeum Śląskie’s venue located at ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1 in the Culture Zone is an ideal space for debates about the region, educational activities, and film screenings, music festivals, sports tournaments and family walks. We have created a contemporary agora, where every meeting is possible.
Closely observing reality and sensitive to the needs of Silesia’s inhabitants and the challenges ahead, we create events that drive local and regional growth.
Muzeum Śląskie has come to be the region’s most important cultural centre, an essential part of Silesia’s social life and a major voice on Poland’s cultural map.