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Welcome to the Silesian Museum in Görlitz! Welcome to a fascinating country in the middle of Europe. Learn about its turbulent history and diverse culture.
For centuries Silesia was a part of the German language and cultural area. Today the country belongs to Poland with small areas in the Czech Republic and in Germany. In Germany the largest Silesian town is Görlitz. In 1996 a foundation was created jointly by the Federal Republic of Germany, the Free State of Saxony, Görlitz town council and the Silesian Landsmannschaft (the cultural association for Germans born in Silesia) with the aim of opening a museum for Silesia.
May 2006 saw the opening of the museum's permanent exhibition in one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in the old town of Görlitz - the Schönhof. Visitors can follow the changing fate of the country within an area of some 2.000 m². They can also admire Silesian arts and crafts from the 17th to the 19th Centuries, while objects illustrating everyday life, trade and industry, life in the city and art give a detailed insight into the Silesia of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Moving on from the catastrophes of the 20th Century, which led the country to tyranny, war and expulsion, the exhibition looks at Silesia today - a country striving to regain its former position as a bridge between nations.