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Stara Fabryka Entrance Ticket

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The Old Factory boasts a unique collection of machines and devices used in the past in the textile factories in Bielsko-Biała. Most of them were used in the production of woolen coarse fabrics, including the famous Bielsko dresses. Some of them were made many years ago in the local factories, while the other was brought to “the Silesian Manchester” from such places as Czechoslovakia, Germany, Great Britain and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The four rooms correspond to particular sections of the former factory. In the spinning mill, wool was spun into yarn. One may distinguish here: a triple-component carding machine (1895) and a self-actor mule (1890) from G. Josephy’s machine factory in Bielsko; there is also a carding willow to open and mix the raw material (“Befana”, 1958).

Itinerary Details

Visit: Stara Fabryka, pl. Zwirki i Wigury 8, Bielsko-Biala 43-300 Poland

The exhibition presents the history of industry developing in Bielsko-Biała and introduces us to the world in which the machines and tools collected in the Museum used to function in the past. Showing the industrial side of both cities, it invokes their significant commercial role during the Habsburg Monarchy (until 1918), the Second Polish Republic (1918-1939), the Third Reich (1939-1945) and finally the Polish People’s Republic (1945-1989). Richly illustrated information boards and glass cases filled with exhibits, placed in the former factory hall, invite us to go on an incredible journey into the past. Chronologically arranged lists of the most important events and interesting facts. The city panorama with a multitude of factory chimneys towering above the roofs, the views of the production plants, portraits depicting industrialists, advertisements. Original documents, books, brochures, medals, decorative plates, technical accessories. A large reproduction of the Bielsko-Biała city plan from 1904 shows the location of industrial plants and familiarizes the visitor with the names of the companies operating at that time. Special information boards have been devoted to the Büttners’ broadcloth factory – today’s seat of the Museum. The so-called tool-making room boasts exhibits connected with the metal and machine industry, e.g. a hundred-year-old antique lathe and column drills. The most recent area characterizing “the city of one hundred industries”, the automotive industry, is represented by the carefully renovated Maluch – the Fiat 126p, manufactured in 1977 in the Compact Car Factory in Bielsko. The historical exposition is complemented by a little movie room showing industrial films, such as From wool to broadcloth – textile production in Bielstyl.