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An example for Bydgoszcz: How Chorzów grew a museum gem in the gut of an almost dead Colossus

An example for Bydgoszcz: How Chorzów grew a museum gem in the gut of an almost dead Colossus

I spent my vacation between Christmas and New Year in Sorso with my family. Over the years of my visits, I have become accustomed to the fact that I can count on two attractions there. One is the famous park on the Katowice border – a zoo, an amusement park and the Silesian Stadium. Second, the little-known gravity frog pits – the ponds and bird sanctuary on the border of Phytomine, show how cleverly you can manage areas of land that have been damaged by industry. This time, I had a surprise …

As I was wandering through Chorzów, I saw a new plate with the words “Museum of Metallurgy” on it. The arrow pointed behind the concrete fence surrounding a large industrial pit, almost elongated. City center. People of my generation knew it as Huta Kosciuszko. During the People’s Republic of Poland, it illuminated the city with open hearth furnaces and awoke with the bass shouts of hammers on the forge. Then, slowly, the halls emptied … a small part of it survived, bought by the world’s president: ArcelorMittal.

Going in the direction of the arrow, I came to the building, in which, after a complete overhaul, the old and the new came together neatly. The first metallurgical museum in Poland opened a month ago. It was installed in the historic building of the 2.5 thousand power station. Square meters. Renovation of the museum will cost PLN 32 million, of which PLN will receive a 15 million EU grant. As part of the project “Revival and Sharing of the Post-Industrial Heritage of Upper Silesia”.

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