Category: Cultural Heritage
Central Museum of Firefighting

The museum collects, stores and exhibits over 4 thousand firefighting exhibits and souvenirs. The collection of the Museum includes horse-drawn fire-pumps, mobile hand-driven fire pumps, equipment carts, fire-fighting vehicles, helmets, uniforms, medals, fire-engines and other mementos related to the over 150-year-old history of the organized fire-fighting on the territory of present-day Poland and abroad. One of the more interesting and oldest exhibits is the horse-drawn fire-pump from 1717. There are various temporary exhibitions held in the museum related to fire-fighting and fire protection, as well as displays of historic fire-fighting equipment.

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The Central Museum of Firefighting presents a long history of fire brigade, which started 146 years ago. In the Sobka hotel the Union of the Voluntary Fire and Emergency Service was established at that time. Its co-founder and first fire fighter was Artur Müller from Mysłowice. Due to its dynamic activity, the fire brigade from Mysłowice was an example for unions forming in the industrial part of the region. Müller participated, inter alia, in the establishment of the fire brigade in Katowice. 81 years ago, on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of Fire Brigade, there were extensive exercises under the code name “Air raid on Mysłowice” organized on the market square in Mysłowice. For residents of the city who had not been forewarned on the event, clouds of smoke and sounds of explosions came as a surprise. On the occasion of the anniversary, the city hall purchased for the fire brigade a fire fighting vehicle “Federal” and a fire engine “Koebe”, which was considered to be a technical masterpiece.

street Stadionowa 7a
41-400 Mysłowice
Silesia, Dąbrowa Basin
in the city/town, in the city/town centre
Contact data
: +48 32 2223733
: +48 695920648
: +48 32 3166199
: Rezerwacja: / tel. +48 32 222 37 33 ext. 28
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: museums, technology monuments, expositions/exhibitions, technology & science, history sources
Prices & amenities
: Price list on the website.
: children, groups, students
: guide , guide in English, guide in German, cafe
: we speak English, we speak German, car park, visit with a child possible
: whole year

Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm




The best place to learn about the history of Mysłowice is the City Museum, which has been operating in the building of the Central Museum of Firefighting at 7a Stadionowa Street since 2006. The permanent exhibition includes archaeological, ethnographic (a traditional Silesian flat has been arranged here), memorabilia from the period of the Silesian Uprisings and the plebiscite. The exhibits illustrate the history of the industry and the sport in Mysłowice. The most valuable object in the museum's collection is a time zone clock from 1877.
In Brzęczkowice, a district of Mysłowice, it is worthwhile to see the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, whose basement houses a very interesting museum – the Cardinal August Hlond Missionary Museum created by missionary Fr. Andrzej Halemba. Here, we can mainly see ethnographic collections from three continents: Africa, South America and Oceania. The natural history exhibition is also very interesting. Many photos and videos tell us about the traditional culture of the peoples among whom Polish missionaries work.
For nearly half the period of the partitions, Three Emperors' Corner, known in German as Dreikaisereck marked the border of the Russian Empire, Austria-Hungary and the German Empire. In 1846, after the liquidation of the Grand Duchy of Cracow, border stones were placed in the area along the Biała Pszemsza river (between Austria and Russia), the Pszemsza (between Austria and Russia), Przemsza (between Austria and Prussia) and the Czarna Pszemsza (Austro-Prussian border). To be exact, it should be added that, after 1867, Austria became the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia the area became part of united Germany in 1871.
The Church under the Invocation of Peter and Paul the Apostles in Mysłowice was built between 1875 and 1877. It was founded by a young evangelical community, which had been active in the city only since the mid-nineteenth century. The neo-Gothic church was built of brick. The interior has one nave with matronea and a small choir. The decoration mainly refers to neo-Gothic. In the nineteenth century, for several years, the parish administrator was Fr. Jerzy Badura, a meritorious Polish national activist in Silesia.
There are three Jewish cemeteries in today’s Sosnowiec. The largest of them, located at Gospodarcza Street, was established in the late nineteenth century and is still being used. On the cemetery we can encounter beautiful examples of Jewish sepulchral art, such as the ohel grave of Rabbi Meir Gitler. The oldest cemetery in Sosnowiec is found in Modrzejów. It may have been founded at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The third and the smallest cemetery are located at Stalowa Street.
Modern Powstańców Street in Mysłowice was founded in the nineteenth century, as a link of the city center with the train station, which was very important for its development. For many years, it was called Bahnhofstrasse, i.e. Station Street. Along the street there are historic buildings such as the Eclectic town hall, a neo-renaissance villa of the Kuder family, an Evangelical church, townhouses and the building of the former Emigration Agency with a distinctive passageway.
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