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Museum of the Factory

  ul. Drewnowska 58 (Manufaktura) ,   Manufaktura          (+48) 42 664 92 93     03 Jul 2024
Of all the museums in Łódź you won’t find any that are better geared towards the foreign visitor. All displays are complemented with thorough English explanations that put the majority of Polish museums to shame. Not only that, but the experience itself is also amazing. The museum is located in a historic industrial complex founded by one of the most important industrialists in Łódź, Izrael Kalmanowicz Poznański, in the 19th century
Occupying a 2-storey building next to the cinema, this spot is more than just a diversion from your day's shopping. From the moment you pay your admission fee it's a trip back in time. In the museum you can see what the cotton production process looked like and how the factory evolved over the years until its collapse and transformation into a modern shopping, service and entertainment center. 



This small but perfectly formed museum offers a complete history of the Manufaktura complex, complete with 4 working looms, a steam engine model, various dioramas and even a tiny cinema showing black and white mini-documentaries (15 mins. with English subtitles) of factory scenes. Its packed full of peculiar facts, and a look at the boards reveals untold trivia – for instance, the story behind one of the original architects of the complex, Dawid Rosenthal, who was shot by militant workers back in 1910. The photo montages offer a vivid trip through history, as well as moments of amusement; check the pictures of the factory’s sports teams and bands. Take the trip up to the year-round viewing terrace to get a birds eye view of the factory.
 

You'll also have the opporutnity to participate in educational workshops and historical and architectural walks around the complex. Make sure to exit through gift shop, which features some English language books on the subject if you want to read more about this fascinating place. Furthermore, the hall on the second floor often hosts temporary art exhibitions. Visiting time for museum and cinema: 45-60 mins 

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Amenities

Facilities for disabled
Outside seating
Dogs Allowed

Price/Additional Info

Admission 14/10zł (17/13zł for exhibition and viewing tower). For an English speaking guide reservations must be made two days in advance and will cost 100zł. Guided tours in Polish 50zł.

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