New buildings for Silesian Museum

The Silesian Museum in Katowice is preparing for the second stage of works on post-industrial facilities of the former „Katowice” coal mine. The buildings will be adapted for purposes of the museum’s exhibition space. The project will be financed from the budget of Silesian Voivodeship and from the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area Grants and Norway Grants.

© Silesian Museum; new buildings of Silesian Museum, carpentry building (first on the left)

Contract for the financial support was signed on Monday. The leading idea of the project is the revitalization of two buildings: a main bathhouse, carpentry building, both being currently out of use, and old machinery located in the second of the two facilities. The extension will enable to locate all the Silesian Museum’s departments in one place. The other departments will be based in the new seat situated nearby.

The former main bathhouse will be transformed into the seat of history, archeology and ethnography departments. The carpentry building will be adapted for the space of educational and cultural events and exhibitions for children. Also, a car park for 116 vehicles will be built within the undertaking. The architectural concept design was prepared by the consortium of Nova Studio and Vertigo Architekci in 2012.

The revitalization is expected to be finished by April 2016 and will be carried out in the cooperation with the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research. The total worth of the project amounts to PLN 29,89 million, of which PLN 19,87 million is financed from the Silesian Voivodeship’s budget and PLN 10,02 million will be granted by the European Economic Area Grants and Norway Grants. The buildings are situated north from the museum’s new seat, which is scheduled for opening in the middle of 2015.

Additionally, the Silesian Museum wants to execute a third stage of works on the remaining coal mine buildings, including the former „Bartosz” mine shaft facilities, among others. The revitalization of the 7ha area should be finished by 2020 and will be co-financed from the European Union grants.