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New Museum Site & Building


The new complex of buildings of the Silesian Museum, situated in the former Katowice coal mine, along with other institutions which are being built here will create the so-called Cultural District - the new centre of cultural life for the city.

fot. Sonia Szeląg fot. Sonia Szeląg
Most of the exhibitions will be located in underground halls and the historical landscape of the city is enriched merely by glass boxes which illuminate the interiors of the museum.

Glass boxes allow visitors to see exhibitions in the daylight, even though they are located over 14 metres below ground level.


Modern structure, designed by the Austrian studio Riegler Riewe Architekten of Graz, was aimed at making the most of space beneath the surface of the ground, and intended to intrude as little as possible on the post-industrial landscape of the region.


Hoist tower of the former pit shaft, on which a panoramic lift is mounted.

Park and public space (view from the tower).


The underground part

The main part of the architectural complex of the Silesian Museum is a seven-storey building, of which three storeys are underground.


fot. Jacek Mężyk
Level P-2 will host exhibitions of Polish painting 1800 - 1945, of Polish painting after 1945, and of Nonprofessional Art.

Level P-4 will host the following exhibitions: History of Upper Silesia, Silesian Sacral Art, Centre for Polish Scenography and temporary exhibitions.

Revitalized post-mine buildings



Former engine room, converted into a café / restaurant. Working clothes storage building - now the premises of the Centre for Polish Scenography


Silesian Museum in numbers:

  • floor area of nearly 25 000 m², exhibition space of 6 000 m²
  • three-storey underground parking garage offers up to 232 parking spaces
  • floor surfaces of the individual exhibitions are as follows: Polish Painting 1800 - 1945 (474.64m2), Polish Painting after 1945 (1264.91 m2), Nonprofessional Art (504.29 m2), Silesian Sacral Art (212.71m2), Centre for Polish Scenography (751.86m2).





Central hall - a place of meetings, concerts and performances. Three-storey administration building.


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"Regionalny Program Operacyjny Województwa Śląskiego - realna odpowiedź na realne potrzeby"
Projekt wspólfinansowany przez Unię Europejską z Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego Województwa Śląskiego na lata 2007-2013 oraz środków Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego.