Gas Industry Museum

Polska Spółka Gazownictwa is the heir to over 150 years of extremely rich history and tradition, the awareness of which we wish to cultivate among present and future generations. That is why we engage in activities that promote the cultural heritage of the gas industry.

PSG is the organizer and patron of the Gas Industry Museum in Paczków (www.muzeumgazownictwa.pl), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016.

The official opening of the Gas Industry Museum in Paczków took place on November 23, 1991. Since then, the facility has become one of the main tourist attractions of the Opole region. Over the years, the growing number of exhibits has required more appropriate presentation. In 2004, the Management Board of the Upper Silesian Distribution System Operator decided to modernize the facility. The museum has changed drastically within two years.

October 12, 2007 was another important day for the facility: the Gas Industry Museum reopened its doors. The exhibition area was transformed into a modern exhibition and training center, where tradition was combined with technological novelties. The history of the gas industry is presented in chronological and thematic order. Marek Mikulski—a well-known architect who co-created the Warsaw Uprising Museum, among others—was involved in the arrangement of both the old and new museum. The area of the Museum is lit by working gas lanterns, and the appearance of the buildings and equipment remains unchanged; it is still as it was over 100 years ago.

The Museum in Paczków is one of the best equipped facilities of this type in Europe. The entire process line remains from when gas was produced here. The exhibition consists of over 3,000 items, which are presented in halls and outdoor exhibitions with a total area of over 1,000 square meters. The gas tank, which held 600 cubic meters of gas, now hosts an exhibition of old gas meters, together with the internal mezzanine. The oldest ones date back to 1877.

The coal warehouse showcases old stoves, unique gas coolers, mangles, coffee roasters or radiators, gas heaters, and irons and hairdressing tools.  Visitors have an opportunity to compare the old techniques with the newest ones. On the premises of the museum there is also a specially glazed pressure reduction and measurement station, which currently supplies Paczków with natural gas. The facility also has four guest rooms, a large library, and a modern conference room.

In 1993, the museum received the prestigious Sybilla award, and in 2007 it won it again in the Organization and Management category. There are also awards of a more local background, including “Pearl in the Crown of the Opole Region” in 2011 and the Best Tourist Product of the Opole Region in 2014, awarded by OROT.  Although there are similar sites in Poland and Europe that show the history and culture of the gas industry, such as those in Warsaw, Górowo Iławeckie, Prague, or London, it is the Paczków museum that has gained the status of a phenomenon and a nonpareil on a European scale.

Polska Spółka Gazownictwa is also the organizer and patron of:

Gas Industry Museum in Górowo Iławeckie

ul. Wyszyńskiego 20, Górowo Iławeckie
Gas Industry Museum in Górowo Iławeckie
Gas Industry Museum in Górowo Iławeckie


Chamber of Tradition of the Krakow Gas Industry

ul. Gazowa 16, Krakow


Chamber of Tradition in Bydgoszcz

(as the Former Municipal Gas Works facility, a part of the TeH2O Water, Industry, and Craft Trail in Bydgoszcz). 

ul. Jagiellońska 42, Bydgoszcz
Chamber of Tradition in Bydgoszcz


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