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Katowice will host the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24). In connection with the event, we would like to present a special programme of events which we have prepared for our guests as well as the changes in the Museum’s operation during the summit.


  • During COP24, Muzeum Śląskie will be open in the usual hours (Tue – Sun, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.). See the CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
  • Tickets for the events and exhibitions can be purchased in the TICKETS section.
  • How to get to the Museum? Check HERE.
  • After the exciting visit, we encourage you to stop by the RESTAURANT AND THE BISTRO at Muzeum Śląskie.
  • Museum souvenirs, books and gadgets connected with Silesia can be purchased from the MUSEUM STORE and our online shop.


Useful information:

  • From 26 November until the end of the climate summit, luggage/bags will not be accepted for deposit at Muzeum Śląskie (jackets only). Please leave your luggage at the hotel. It’s not possible to enter with the luggage to the gallery.
  • In connection with the prestige of the event, there are changes to vehicle and pedestrian traffic in Katowice scheduled for 25 November – 17 December. The changes will also affect roads in the vicinity of Muzeum Śląskie. Please read the information provided by the services. The most recent information on planned modifications to road traffic can be found on the website of the Provincial Police Headquarters – HERE.
  • The observation tower at Muzeum Śląskie is closed during the winter season. It will not be possible to use the tower during COP24.
  • Other information can also be found in the FAQ section.


Car parks at Muzeum Śląskie – more information can be found HERE.

  • On 3 December 2018 car parks at Muzeum Śląskie will be unavailable.
  • Due to temporary closure of museum car parks on 3 December 2018, all users are asked to remove their vehicles from the ground-level and underground car parks at Muzeum Śląskie on 2 December 2018 by 8 p.m. The services reserve the right to tow the remaining cars away at the expense of their owners.


Muzeum Śląskie special programme for the duration of COP24:

Rajza – A journey through the museum – every day from 1 to 16 December at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM (excluding Mondays 3.12 and 10.12) – special guided tours of six permanent exhibitions of Muzeum Śląskie (in Polish and English). From 11 to 16 December at 5:00 PM special guided tours in French.

This is an excellent opportunity for guests from Poland and abroad to visit Muzeum Śląskie and see: a rich collection of old and contemporary Polish art, a gallery of non-professional art, a gallery of Silesian religious art, a collection of theatre and film scenography, and an interactive, multimedia exhibition “The Light of History. Upper Silesia Over the Ages”, which is a story about Upper Silesia from the earliest times to the breakthrough of 1989.

The tour, being an introduction to individual tours, is approx. 60 minutes long. Tickets: PLN 39, available at the ticket office or via the ticket system. Tuesdays – Free admission [book a ticket]. Limit: 40 people.



“Let’s talk about garbage”, 1.12.2018–27.01.2019, foyer, -2 level, a presentation by Hugon Kowalski and Marcin Szczelina.

Overproduction of trash is a global problem all countries in the world contend with. Conscious waste management is currently one of the most important issues raised in many areas of life, including architecture. The authors of the “Let’s talk about garbage” presentation attempt to seek new, alternative strategies in the fight against the flood of waste that overflows our cities and argue that ecology may go hand in hand with architectural design. The COP24 Climate Summit is a good time to talk about such important issues as the quality of space and its impact not only on our planet but on ourselves as well.

Admission to exhibitions accompanying COP24: 1 zł – the tickets available at the ticket office or via ticket system.


World Press Photo, 1.12.2018–15.12.2018, -2 level, next to the library, Muzeum Śląskie administration building.

A photo presentation displaying the photos awarded in the World Press Photo Contest. The theme of the presentation prepared jointly with the Embassy of the Netherlands is the destruction of nature by man. The meeting in English and Polish language is scheduled for 1.12.2018 at 4:00 PM.

Admission to exhibitions accompanying COP24: 1 zł – the tickets available at the ticket office or via ticket system.


“Dark side of the coal”, 3.12.2018-31.12.2018, 0 level, Muzeum Śląskie administration building.

A presentation displaying objects made of bituminous coal as the graduation work of young artists from the School of Form in Poznań. The presentation has an unconventional opportunity to bring the issue of coal combustion to a wider audience. It is a kind of a provocation that is to encourage reflection and inspire questions about the use of coal.

Admission to exhibitions accompanying COP24: 1 zł – the tickets available at the ticket office or via ticket system.


„Ancient Forest Alliance” and „Great Barrier Reef”, 7-14.12.2018, Centrum Scenografii Polskiej building and main building.

Meeting: 8.12.2018, 4.00 PM / Carpentry

The Great Barrier Reef video installation is a part of The Anthropocene Project. It is a multidisciplinary endeavour from the award-winning team of Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, and Jennifer Baichwal, combining a feature documentary, fine art photography, installations, virtual reality, augmented reality, and scientific research to investigate human influence on the state, dynamic, and future of the Earth. The Anthropocene Project is currently being exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada, and will open at Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia (MAST) in Bologna in May 2019.

For more information please visit

Patronage: Embassy of Canada to Poland

Admission to exhibitions accompanying COP24: 1 zł – the tickets available at the ticket office or via ticket system.


The screening of the movie “Waste Land” (2010), dir. Lucy Walker, 11.12.2018 at 6:00 PM, Muzeum Śląskie, Carpentry.

The movie depicts the implementation of another artistic project of one of the most popular Brazilian artists – Vik Muniz, on the largest waste dump in the world, which until recently existed in Rio de Janeiro. The artist persuaded people collecting plastic, glass and rubber from the rubbish to trust him, let him get to know them and photograph them, and help him create impressive images referring to the canon of painting from the waste. What is important, the characters in the documentary do not ask for mercy – they want the viewers to appreciate the hard work on the dump and see how their lives change for a while, owing to Vik. The movie was nominated for an Oscar in the documentary feature category.

Free admission / entries on the list:  reception desk or ticket office


Creative people facing global challenges, 7.12.2018, 5:30 PM, place: auditorium.

A meeting with NGO activists and artists dealing with issues related to environmental protection and promoting ecological attitudes. Its theme will be devoted to the way art may support such attitudes. The meeting is co-organized by the French organization “Art of change 21”. Partner: Schneider Electric.


Muzeum Śląskie exhibitions:

Polish Print Triennal, 27.10.2018–27.01.2019

The exposition allows visitors to see the most interesting Polish prints created in the last three years and to familiarize themselves with the latest trends in this field of art. The exhibition displays 97 works (from among 633) that were submitted for competition organized by the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice.


Interim Gallery. Bolesław Biegas. When Art Meets Politics, 1.10.2018–7.01.2019

The mini-exhibition being a part of the Gallery of Polish Art 1800–1945 resembles paintings by Bolesław Biegas, one of the most original Polish artists of the first half of the 20th century. His symbolic/expressive busts and synthesizing sculptures displayed at Vienna Secession exhibitions organized in Vienna, Munich and Berlin have won many hearts.


“The Light of History. Upper Silesia Over the Ages”

“The Light of History. Upper Silesia Over the Ages” permanent exhibition is a story about Upper Silesia from the earliest times until the political breakthrough of 1989. It is displayed at the site of the former Katowice mine, which for nearly 200 years was a witness to and participant in history. Having entered the symbolic area of the mine, visitors follow the route marked out by history, whereas the title lux ex Silesia illuminates nodal issues and events that determined the history of Upper Silesia. The presentation of the entire multitude of events, troubles and turns of history in this land was, of course, virtually impossible given the relatively small space that we had at our disposal. Therefore, the main part of the exposition is devoted to the mien of Upper Silesia that was formed as a result of industrialization the symbol of the beginning of which is the steam engine launched in 1788 in Tarnowskie Góry – as the first one in continental Europe! This event determined the nature of the Silesian land, bringing an immeasurable breakthrough in many areas of life – socio-national, social and urban.


Gallery of Polish Art 1800–1945

The Gallery displays a significant part of the collection of Polish painting from 1800–1945 and selected exhibits from the then Sculpture Section (currently 122 exhibits). Its foundation are objects gathered in the collections of the pre-war Museum, supplemented with purchases made since the institution’s restitution in 1984. The Gallery of Polish Painting was created owing to the efforts of the first director of the Museum – Tadeusz Dobrowolski.


Gallery of Polish Art after the year 1945

The Gallery was designed to continue the tradition of the Gallery of Polish Painting 1800–1945 and intends to signal significant phenomena in the history of post-war art. At the same time, we were guided by the need to highlight certain aspects of the artistic activities of the period and emphasize their richness, diversity and simultaneity of occurrence. While partially preserving the chronological order, particular sequences of the exposition take into account the leading directions of dialogue with native tradition and European modernity. Primarily at the junction with the Gallery of Polish Painting 1800–1945, where we present works of Polish post-war art opening up to vital trends in Western European art (Alfred Lenica, Zdzisław Stanek, Tadeusz Kantor).


Gallery of Non-Professional Art

The main premise behind the exhibition was to present the specificity of non-professional art in Upper Silesia. These works, like no other, are connected with the life and direct experience of the artist, who describes his surroundings, work, relations with the loved ones, basing on tales and memories. It thus comes as no surprise that Silesian artists raised topics specific for their region. For the greater plasticity of this message, the structure of the exhibition is based on the metaphor of a mine as a combination of the three most important symbolic areas for the Silesian tradition. The mine shaft together with the winding tower connect the underground zone related to the aspect of work, the surface where social life takes place, and the sky representing the spirituality. These zones reflect the traditional Silesian axiological triad which consists of God, work and family.


Gallery of Silesian Religious Art

Being part of the permanent exhibitions programme devoted to the history, culture and art of the region, the Gallery combines the collections of Muzeum Śląskie and the exhibits of the Archdiocesan Museum in Katowice, which in 2013 were transferred to our facility as a long-term deposit. The collection displays the treasures of the Silesian culture in the field of sculpture, painting and handicraft from the Gothic and modern times. Contrary to what the name might suggest, it includes not only the heritage of the religious art the Silesian provenance of which has been documented, but also objects of cult present in Upper Silesia, although not necessarily created there.


Laboratory of Space. The Past in the Present

The exhibition highlights the major achievements of the European theatre, from its roots in antiquity to the search for the contemporary scene. The exposition is based on a concentric arrangement of two consecutive modules. In the first one, we display mock-ups and visualizations depicting the transformations of theatrical spaces, while in the second the works from the Museum collections that constitute an example of the use of historical models in Polish stage design.


In Search of Tomek

A modern educational space for families with children, where grandparents, parents and the youngest family members will all find their own space. Designed drawing inspiration from Tomek Wilmowski, a young protagonist from a novel by Alfred Szklarski, it is a place the aim of which is to connect generations, at the same time allowing them to discover the world through senses and creative challenges together. Those who are to face the mystery of Tomek’s disappearance cannot but pack their backpacks and, together with their family, set out in search of Tomek, visiting the places Alfred Szklarski himself described.

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