What is the Moszczenica Bathhouse (Łaźnia Moszczenica)?
A multifunctional post-industrial space in Jastrzębie-Zdrój created in the building of a former mining bathhouse. It is also the main brand of the public institution of culture – the Institute of Heritage and Dialogue (Instytut Dziedzictwa i Dialogu) – Łaźnia Moszczenica.
We integrate heritage, culture, arts, entertainment, business and tourism. At the heart of the Bathhouse is the Carbonarium – a permanent exhibition about carbon through the lens of science, nature, history and industry. Obviously, these aren’t all of the pieces of our post-industrial puzzle. The Centre for Jastrzębie-Zdrój Agreement (Centrum Porozumienia Jastrzębskiego), as well as the Centre for Dialogue and Business (Centrum Dialogu i Biznesu), are currently being formed at the Institute. These are venues for reminding and promoting the history of the city, region and country, which provide a space for public debate, business support and local economic development.
We strengthen our identity, promote our heritage, provide quality entertainment (see event calendar), challenge stereotypes and prove that Jastrzębie-Zdrój IS BUZZING. We are genuine, accessible and compassionate. Uncharted paths are our speciality. Our focus is on multisensoriality. We make dreams of the city come true and we inspire constructive action. Our activities involve running and developing an interdisciplinary institution and venue to offer accessible, varied and non-obvious leisure options to our local residents and tourists.
The exhibition is all about coal: from the element itself, to its use in industry and the role it has played in the city’s history. You can see the applications of carbon in the scientific world, its transformation and the green uses of carbon.
On the ground floor, you’ll find a Tourist Information Point, a gift shop and the bizarre ‘levitating’ lump of coal. This is where your journey begins. The first floor of the Carbonarium tells the story of the origin of carbon and its circulation in nature – from its formation in the stellar core to the final form.
On the second floor you’ll discover the history of man’s use of coal. From ancient times to the early 20th century, you’ll learn about the types of coal, the history of the first mines and the major milestones of hard coal up to the present day – as a global energy resource.
The third floor covers the development of the mining industry in Jastrzębie-Zdrój with reference to the city’s history. Here you’ll see the modern mining model and the corresponding hazards.
The last floor of the exhibition presents the establishment of the Jastrzębie-Zdrój mines, the urban development of the city and the daily life of the citizens, with a special focus on the miners. Our guiding principle is that exhibitions that allow visitors to go beyond reading and viewing and can be felt and explored in some way, are much more likely to be remembered.
The Carbonarium was created as part of the Industrial Borderline (Industrialne Pogranicze) project carried out together with Dolní Vítkovice – a post-industrial steelworks complex located on the Polish-Czech Coal and Steel Route (Szlak Węgla i Stali).
The Carbonarium, being part of Instytut Dziedzictwa i Dialogu – Łaźnia Moszczenica, is located at ul. Towarowa 7. The facility is open from Tuesday to Sunday (Tue – Fri at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat – Sun at 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.). The last admission to the exhibition is an hour before we close.
You can reach us by your own means of transport or by public transport. We offer normal and reduced tickets, as well as family and group tickets. We also conduct educational and cultural classes for organised groups (schools, kindergartens, workplaces, etc.). We offer souvenirs, support of the Tourist Information Point, high quality of the exhibition, as well as an unforgettable aesthetic experience.
Jastrzębie-Zdrój is a city located near the Polish-Czech border. On the Polish side, it neighbours cities: Wodzisław-Śląski, Żory, as well as the Rybnik, Cieszyn and Pszczyna counties. It is one of the most rapidly growing cities of Silesia. Jastrzębie-Zdrój is home to over 80,000 people.
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What to see
Apart from the Carbonarium, the Spa Park (Park Zdrojowy), which is a beautiful area of the former Spa, is definitely a must-see. Other facilities worth visiting are: Ośrodek Wypoczynku Niedzielnego, the Concert Hall being part of the State Music School, the Sports and Entertainment Arena and the City Stadium. Cycling Tourism Enthusiasts can’t miss the Iron Cycle Route (Żelazny Szlak Rowerowy), which runs through Jastrzębie-Zdrój and four other cities, including Czech Petrovice and Karviná.