In the 19th century todays Chorzów was one of the hot spots of the Industrial Revolution. Königshütte/Kościuszko ironworks was put into operation in 1802. It was one of the first steam-powered steelworks on the European continent. Its blast furnace was the largest in Europe at the time. After an eventful history, which also reflects the state development of the region, parts of the plant were closed down in the 1990's.
The museum is located in the former power plant building of the iron and steelworks. It tells the story of the Silesian iron and steel industry. The focus of the exhibition entitled "The Iron Kingdom" is dedicated to the Royal Ironworks (Huta Królewska), to which the city owes its name and growth. Historical steel-making machinery, numerous photographs, historical drawings as well as technical plans are presented on 2,500 square metres. Mementos and recorded memories of the former metalworkers tell of their hard work and how they relaxed from it. An 8-minute film presents the history and the role of iron and steel in building today's world.
|Recommended duration of visit:||1 Hours|
|Duration of a guided tour:||90 Minutes|
|Access for persons with disabilities:||Available|
|Infrastructure for children:|
Tuesday 9am-6pm (free entrance)
Wednesday, Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday, Saturday 10am-6pm