Established in 1929, Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice is the largest museum institution in the region.
Closed at the outbreak of World War II and re-established in the middle of the 1980s, in 2015 it was given a new site which is unique on a global scale. Situated on the grounds of a former coal mine, the architectural complex combines industrial tradition with modernity.
Exhibition spaces with a surface area of over six thousand square metres are located in revitalised former mine buildings as well as in underground halls.
The Museum’s activity is focussed on the widely-understood historical relations of multi-cultural Silesia with Poland and the rest of the world. In the permanent exhibitions, visitors may view Polish art from the 19th and 20th centuries, amateur art and sacral art, among other subjects. Of particular interest is the narrative exhibition “Light of history” dedicated to the history of Upper Silesia. However, Muzeum Śląskie is not only about the past, but also the present: there are presentations of modern art, installations, artistic ventures, performance art, workshops and close cooperation with the local community.