To address diverse needs, we seek to make our museum projects available to visitors with motor and sensory disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. For many years, we have also provided educational projects for groups with special needs and integration projects.
With projects such as the educational tour ‘Art by Touch,’ we have been one of the first institutions to deliver dedicated solutions within museum exhibition space. In 2015, Prodeste Foundation recognized us as “a space friendly to visitors with autism spectrum disorders.”
Based at ul. Dobrowolskiego 1 and part of Katowice’s Culture Zone, Muzeum Śląskie is easily accessible to visitors with mobility issues, and the blind and visitors with sight impairment may enjoy some of our dedicated tours.
- The building is free of thresholds, and entrance doors and passageways are designed with special needs in mind.
- The building comes with lifts, ramps and escalators, and visitors can enjoy comfortable seats in corridors and exhibition halls.
- Guiding lines and signs in Braille help blind people navigate the museum space.
- A room for mothers with babies is available.
- The Interim Gallery includes the Calm Space.
- A medical point and several AED sets for defibrillation are also available.
Access to the main baths
If you are a wheelchair user, you may access the baths from the ground level. Please follow the gravel path along the façade of the baths in the direction of the central hall and the ex-mining headframe. Then turn right before the plane tree and go towards the accessibility symbol on the wall. On the left-hand side, you will notice the ticket office in the central hall. Now you can buy a ticket for the show at the Baths Gallery. The entrance is on the right-hand side, behind the corner of the Baths Gallery. Please take a lift and go to the first floor to enter the show space through the secondary building entrance. From there, you can see the renovated buildings, some of the former mining facilities.
Access to Muzeum Śląskie in Culture Zone
If you travel by public transport, the easiest way to access Muzeum Śląskie is to get off at the ‘Strefa Kultury’ stop and take the lift nearby to reach Level 1.
If you are a driver, please use the underground car park or the outdoor parking in the northern section. Both car parks have places for drivers with alternative mobility. You can access them from ul. Dobrowolskiego.
Cars with LPG systems or higher than 2 m should use the outdoor car park.
- Visitors with sight impairment might want to use our audio-described workshops and dedicated visiting tours.
- Along with deaf artists, we have developed an educational programme covering deaf culture and art-based education in Polish sign language.
- Our Education Department offers classes designed for groups with special needs and integrated groups.
- Art by Touch is an audio-described tour that covers tactile graphics at the Gallery of Polish Art 1800–1945 and the Gallery of Polish Art after the Year 1945. New items, including extracts of audio description and 3D objects, are being regularly added to this tour.
- The reliefs are also available at the exhibition “The light of history. Upper Silesia over the ages.”
- Select temporary exhibitions and related side-events are adapted for those with impaired sight and hearing.
- Mobility is eased by Braille signs throughout the building and hands-free systems in lifts.
- Those with hearing impairment can use a sign language interpreter via an interactive kiosk.
- Audio-described tours should be booked in advance. Blind visitors are welcome to visit the venue with a guide dog.
- Guides in Braille can be picked up at ticket offices.
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As the tour allows touching real artworks, it is addressed primarily to families and small groups. Blind people assisted by a guide may experience sculptures of the Gallery of Polish Art 1800–1945 and the Gallery of Polish Art after the Year 1945 through touch. The works are also audio described. Please call us in advance to book the tour.
Guides and tactile graphics
We also provide print guides in Braille, complete with convex maps and brief descriptions of major locations. These will definitely make it much easier for you to navigate the building and get familiar with the museum space. You can pick up one of the guides free of charge from our ticket offices.
Select artworks at the Gallery of Polish Art 1800–1945 and the Gallery of Polish Art after the Year 1945 can be examined by touching. An integral part of the gallery space, pieces of tactile graphics support audio-described tours, workshops and independent visits. The tour is under constant development and new tactile items such as sculptures are regularly added to it.
Audio-described tours are available for permanent and temporary exhibitions for both organized groups and individual visitors. In the Polish painting galleries, we offer educational activities to let visitors experience historical and contemporary art by touching them. A number of artistic events and workshops are adapted for the blind.
Polish sign language
Visitors can book a guided tour in Polish sign language. We also offer workshops and lectures delivered by deaf people with a sign language interpreter. In collaboration with the Group of Deaf Artists, we also run a programme promoting deaf culture within the visual arts.
Venue friendly to visitors with autism spectrum disorders
In 2015, the Prodeste Foundation recognized our commitment to working with those with autism spectrum disorders with their certificate. Our teachers deliver artistic workshops and activities for permanent and select temporary shows. You can also book an individual tour assistant. Additionally, the exhibition space includes the Calm Space.