Recent efforts to revive Wałbrzych’s cultural life and celebrate its industrial heritage brought about the 2014 unveiling of this impressively modern museum located in the former Julia coal mine complex. Though its creation put the town in considerable debt - a move heavily criticised by some citizens - the result is remarkable to say the least. The centre features an art gallery, exhibition of mining paraphernalia, the “ecology tower,” and restored structures including a machine room, underground adit, headframe, and workshop. Visitors are taken around by highly knowledgeable former miners willing to share tales of their perilous occupation. One major obstacle for foreign tourists remains, however: sightseeing of most structures is only possible with a guide, and at this point English-language tours can only be organised for groups who call ahead of time and purchase at least 15 tickets. If you can, grab fourteen of your English-speaking besties or a Polish translator-friend, and go for it; if not, the place is still worth visiting for exhibitions, special events, and strolling around the restored buildings.