Category: Cultural Heritage

Museum of Coal Mining

The museum established in 1981 is the only such institution in Poland with an extensive collection related to the history of mining, mining technology and culture, located in the building of the former local administrative unit (Poviat Starosty) dated back to 1875. Multimedia exhibitions, rich educational offer, interesting collections of musical instruments images of St. Barbara.

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The Museum is located in a historic building of the former local administrative unit, erected 136 years ago in 1875. The style and decor of the building supplements the eclectic trend, popularized at the end of the 19th century. Whereas the representative “Stained glass window room” is arranged according to the Scandinavian Gothic style. The rich collection of the Zabrze Museum includes, inter alia: a mining axe from the 17th century used by miners from Olkusz and numerous photographs, majority of which is over one hundred years old. In the Museum there is also the 18th-century drainage water pump (“kunszt”), the only one so-well preserved in Europe. In the Coal Mining Museum we can admire the exhibition “Secrets of the Carboniferous Forest”. It includes fossils from before 300 million years, as well as natural-sized models of huge dragonflies and a 1.5-meter Carboniferous centipede.

street 3 Maja 19
41-800 Zabrze
Silesia, Upper Silesian Agglomeration
in the city/town centre
Contact data
: +48 32 630 30 91
: +48 32 2716591
General Information
: technology & science, museums, expositions/exhibitions, postindustrial, technology monuments, history sources
Prices & amenities
: Price list on the website.
: groups
: no visiting

Tuesday 9 am-3 pm
Wednesday 9 am-3 pm
Thursday 9 am-3 pm
Friday 9 am-3 pm
Saturday 10 am-2 pm
Sunday 12 pm-5 pm

City audio tours
Zapraszamy na audiowycieczkę po centrum Zabrza!
Water towers as part of the urban water supply systems are still present in the landscape of Polish cities. In Upper Silesia, many of them received an impressive architectural shape. Beautiful examples of different (structurally and stylistically) water towers can be seen in Zabrze. Particularly noteworthy is the Art Nouveau water tower at the former Hospital of Unia Bracka, an organization which took care of disabled miners. It served not only for supplying water, but also housed inside an ordinary chimney
The historic building of the indoor swimming pool in Zabrze, currently operated by the Municipal Bath is one of the most interesting and oldest of its kind in Upper Silesia. After being completely renovated, the Modernist building attracts not only by its outward appearance, but also by new attractions, including, among others, a sauna, recreation rooms, a salt cave with the possibility of relaxing and therapeutic massage, and a gym.
The Evangelical Church of Peace in Zabrze was built according to the design of counsel Kronenberg, a building counselor in 1874. It is a three-nave structure erected in the neo-Romanesque style. It is one of the oldest brick churches in the city.Of course,the history of the Protestants in this region is much older, going back to the first half of the sixteenth century. The Church of Peace, thanks to the renovation of the organ at the beginning of the twenty-first century, is also known as a venue for concerts.
The history of the Zabrze church of St Anne goes back to the end of the nineteenth century and is associated with the church and parish of St Andrew, from the local parish of Sr. Anne separated. The need to build a new church was caused by the development of the city and there a growing number of parishioners. The church of St Andrew, built in 1863-1866, could not accommodate them. In the late nineteenth, the parish numbered more than 30 thousand people and comprised the whole city of Zabrze.
The Upper Silesian Breweries in Zabrze boast of more than a 150- year-old tradition and continue to brew beer nowadays. The first brewery in today's Zabrze was launched by Loebel Haendler in 1860. It was located at the road called The Way of the Heir to the Throne - later, the main street of the city - Wolności Street, which means Liberty Street. Beer from the HAENDLER brewery enjoyed great reputation - some brands were also popular outside Silesia. Today, the brewery is modern, however, a few pre-war buildings and traditional equipment for brewing beer have been preserved.
Wolności Street (Liberty Street) in Zabrze is the thoroughfare of the city, and one of the longest in Poland. It stretches for almost 10 km, from the border with Ruda Śląska (in the east) to the Gliwice (in the west). While walking along Wolności Street, we will encounter, among others, three churches (including the historic wooden church of Saint Hedwig), the Mining Museum "Królowa Luiza (Queen Louise)" and the impressive building of the former hotel "Admiralspalast". In the central part the street is an elegant promenade of Zabrze
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