Projects financed by external funding
“Construction of new premises of Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice”
Project financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Regional Operational Programme for Silesian Voivodeship for the years 2007-2011.
Beneficiary: Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice
Project period: 2007-2015
Total project value: PLN 262,238,555.71
The amount of co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund under the Regional Operational Programme for Silesian Voivodeship for the years 2007-2011: PLN 178,191,438.68 (85% of eligible costs)
Co-financing from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the Promesa programme: PLN 2,262,393.00
Own contribution of Silesian Voivodeship: PLN 81,784,724.03 (15% of eligible expenditures as well as non-eligible expenditures)
The new premises of Muzeum Śląskie, built on the site of the former “Katowice” mine, were opened to the public in June 2015. The main aim of the undertaking was to revitalise the 2.7 ha post-industrial area of the former “Katowice” mine by constructing the main building of the museum, converting a number of post-mine structures into exhibition spaces, and creating an attractive park area. The architectural conception, developed by an Austrian company Riegler Riewe Architekten from Graz, incorporates the industrial history of Silesia and the original function of the post-mine area in accordance with the principle of minimal intervention into the post-industrial landscape, which is why a large portion of the complex is located below the ground.
The only elements visible from the outside are glazed structures, housing administrative buildings and a foyer as well as six glass boxes that provide lighting to underground exhibitions. Thanks to carefully designed proportions, the new buildings harmonise with the already existing complex. The underground area also includes a garage with 232 parking spaces, an auditorium for 320 people, library, educational and conference rooms, and an impressive, 12.5-metre exhibition space, i.e. the so-called central hall. The total amount of exhibition space in Muzeum Śląskie amounts to 6,000 square metres. The complex of buildings also includes a former engine room of “Warszawa” shaft, converted into a two storey restaurant, and a former clothing warehouse, which houses the Center for Polish Scenography – a Division of Muzeum Ślaskie, boasting a the most unique collection of theatre and film scenography in the country. A special attraction of Muzeum Śląskie is a 40-metre mine shaft hoisting tower, which was equipped with a panoramic elevator that allows the visitors to reach the top platform and admire the view of the park and the whole city. Permanent exhibitions in the new building of the museum include 1,400 objects divided in six thematic galleries that encompass Polish art from the years 1800–1945 and since 1945 to contemporary times, Polish theatre and film scenography, Silesian amateur art, as well as Silesian sacral art and an exhibition devoted to the history of Upper Silesia.
The main aim of the construction of the new building of Muzeum Śląskie was to increase the competitiveness of urban space by developing a cultural infrastructure contributing to the improvement of investment and tourist attractiveness of Silesian Voivodeship. The new building of Muzeum Śląskie together with the International Conference Centre, the building of Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Spodek comprise the unique space of Cultural Zone. All the newly constructed buildings received multiple awards in recognition of their unique design.
“Regional Operational Programme for Silesian Voivodeship – a real answer to real needs”
Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Regional Operational Programme for Silesian Voivodeship for the years 2007-2011 and by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
“Revitalization of historical buildings of the Main Bathhouse and Woodworking Shop along with the premises adjacent to the former “Katowice” mine and construction of the infrastructure necessary for the purposes of the Silesian Museum in Katowice”
The project is being implemented under the “Conservation and Revitalisation of Cultural and Natural Heritage” programme, with funds from the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the years 2009–2014.
Beneficiary: Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice
Project period: 2014-2017
Total project value: PLN 30,105,769.15
The amount of co-financing from the EA Financial Mechanism for the years 2009–2014: PLN 10,704,779.59 and from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage: PLN 1,889,078.75 (62.47% of elligible costs)
Own contribution of Silesian Voivodeship: PLN 17,511,910.81, including co-financing from the budget of the City of Katowice: PLN 7,000,000 (37.53% of eligible expenditures as well as non-eligible expenditures)
The opening of the new building of Muzeum Śląskie, constructed on the site of the former mine, does not conclude the planned transformations of the space situated in the capital of Silesian Voivodeship. Historic post-mine buildings, the witnesses to the history of this place, are undergoing a metamorphosis right in front of our eyes. The next, 2nd stage of revitalisation of the area and facilities which used to belong to “Katowice” mine is currently in the final phase of its implementation. The investment includes regeneration and conversion of historic post-mine buildings – the main bathhouse and woodworking the shop – for exhibition purposes, development of the surrounding area and construction of a ground level parking lot for passenger cars and coaches of a total area of around 1.3 ha.
The project’s main concept is to preserve the cultural heritage of Upper Silesia by adapting two historical post-mining buildings, along with the conservation of historical industrial machinery that will be exhibited in the woodworking shop building. The project also includes acquisition of additional equipment for the Silesian Museum’s Digitization Workshop that will allow to document the history of culture and prepare a digital rendering of the most valuable and unique Museum collections.
The whole undertaking – together with its earlier stage, i.e. the construction of the new museum building – is a unique combination of modern (the complex of underground and ground level buildings) and traditional (adaptation of the buildings of the former mine for exhibition purposes) elements, both in the architectural and visual aspect and in terms of their functions and meaning. Changing the function of the revitalised space from industrial to a cultural one – transformation of the area of a coal mine into a Cultural Zone – is a symbolic reflection of social and economic changes that took place after 1989 in Upper Silesia and an expression of the strive for development of science and culture written down in the development strategies of Silesian Voivodeship.
The revitalised woodworking shop, whose style incorporates neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau elements, combines exhibition, educational, and entertainment functions. The ground floor of the building is dedicated to educational, theatrical and artistic activities, as well as concerts, travel and ethnographic film screenings. A permanent exhibition on the first floor, entitled “In search of Tomek,” gives the visitors an opportunity to get to know Alfred Szklarski’s novel and takes them on a fascinating journey in the footsteps of Tomek Wilmowski. The visitors will try to solve the mystery of Tomek’s disappearance, and at the same time get to know the rich traditions of remote cultures, develop their creativity and problem solving skills.
The main bathhouse building was converted into offices for three of the museum’s departments. The History, Archeology and Ethnology departments will gain not only laboratories and workrooms, but also a place for temporary exhibitions. The first such exhibition – “It all began with a seed…” will introduce the visitors to the rich and often surprising history of arable crops and show the ins and outs of the daily work in the Archeobotanic Workshop and its research. The exhibition space, along with appropriate technical equipment, will also meet the requirements for the organisation of larger concerts or events. The development of the laboratories of departments located in the bathhouse and providing them with state-of-the-art equipment will allow the museum to function as a competency, service and research centre for other institutions.
The implementation of this multidimensional project was made possible thanks to establishing cooperation with the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) – an independent, non-profit institution for the conservation and sustainable management of cultural heritage.
Support granted from the Norwegian and the EEA funds, from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, as well as national resources.
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