Located in Nikiszowiec, this branch of the Katowice Historical Museum is unique in its emphasis on ethnography and folk culture, approaching the topic from an urban, rather than rural, perspective. A collection of artefacts and cultural assets tells the everyday stories of Upper Silesia's working class (primarily miners) from the period of early industrial development (mid-19th century) to the 1960s. More specifically you'll see evidence of how this large demographic has lived, worked and celebrated over the years through exhibits of clothing, ceremonial costumes, tools, household items, religious objects and art. They also have three permanent exhibitions on display. The first is devoted to the Janowska Group - a collection of Nikiszowiec miners including Teofil Ociepka, Paweł Wróbel, Erwin Sówka and Ewald Gawlik (more of Gawlik's work can be seen in two Giszowiec galleries) who gained renown for their 'naive' painting. Another exhibit is a replication of a typical Nikiszowiec worker's house. The final exhibit goes even deeper and delves into the various laundering techniques used in the district's heyday (it's more interesting than it sounds and has English titles). The helpful Nikiszowiec tourist info centre is also in the same building.
Facilities for disabled
Open 10:00-18:00. Sat 10:00-16:00, Sun 11:00-15:00, Closed Mon.
Price/Additional InfoAdmission 12/8zł. Tue free.
This outstanding museum showcasing some of the more interesting aspects of the life and times of the city and its people is divided into two main sections. You can wander the well conceived rooms on three floors including a superb recreation of house
Nikiszowiec Information Office
ul. Rymarska 4 (Industrial Ethnography Museum, Nikiszowiec)
Located inside the Industrial Ethnography Museum, this should be the first port of call for anyone on a self-guide