Skansen Podziemny "Guido" w Zabrzu

Subterranean Folk Museum "Guido"

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Location: Zabrze, ul 3 Maja 91. South of the center. (50°17'23"N, 18°47'30"E)
Open: All year Wed-Fri 9-14:30, Sat, Sun 12-17.
Reservations required under Tel: +48-32-2714077-5183.
Fee: Adults PLN 22, Children PLN 17, Students PLN 17, Seniors PLN 17.
Groups (+): School Pupils PLN 12.
Classification: MineCoal Mine
Light: electric.
Guided tours: D=2 to 3 hours, L=2,000m to 3,500m.
Address: Coal Mining Museum in Zabrze (Muzeum Gornictwa Weglowego w Zabrzu), 41-800 Zabrze, ul 3 Maja 91, Tel: +48-32-271-8831 or +48-32-271-6591.
Mine tours: Tel: +48-32-271-4077, Tel: +48-32-271-5183.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1855 coal mine Guido established.
1859 coal mine Concordia established.
end 1990s closed to the public.
2007 reopened.
2008 scheduled opening of level 320.


This is an opportunity to relive the life of a coal miner. The visitor dons a change of clothing and wears a helmet and cap lamp and carries an absorber. The visitor enters the workings via a breath taking descent in a mine cage to both the 19th century level at -170 m and the 20th century workings at a depth of 320m. Here you will see the stables, various mining implements, including the famous Sulzer pumps and compressors. This unique exhibition is presented in a large brick lined underground chamber. The route to the surface takes one through a warren of passages ending with a fast ride back to the surface in a mine cage.

There is a special program on St Barbara's Day. Souvenir shop and a bar serving hot meals.

Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.

This text describes the old show mine whch had to close in the end of the 1990s due to financial problems. Founded and financed during the kommunist era it was not able to survive under kapitalistic conditions. Probably the need of the locals for work reduced the ability to travel for fun too. But now the country has become wealthier, the joining of the European Union made things easier and there are new ways to finance cultural institutions. And both domestic and foreign tourism in Poland increases dramatically. We do not know the exact reasons, but we heard that this mine was reopened as a show mine. We suppose that this was - beneath above financial preconditions - the result of the hard work of enthusiasts.