In this museum, which is located in the historic building of an old synagogue and which was renovated by Stanisław Boduch, a businessman from Chicago, one can trace back the history of Koszyce from the 14th to the 20th century. The museum presents numerous documents which were significant to the town dwellers; for example, the incorporation charter, the documents of the municipal guilds, valuable Judaica, and an exhibition presenting the life of the local community in the interwar period. One can see, for example, a barbershop donated to the Museum together with full range of equipment, including old hair clippers and permanent wave machines as well as a loom with spinning wheels and old sewing machines.
The collection of excavations taken from the Koszyce surroundings including the tusk of a mammoth, which is very rare among exhibits in Polish museums, is one of the most interesting museum attractions.
One can also see everyday items, mainly vessels and jewellery, found among the remains of the small settlement in Sokołowice and the fortified settlement in Witów-Dalanów situated on the Vistula River. They are typical examples of the Trzciniec culture (1650–1300 B.C.) and the Lusatian culture (1300–700 B.C.).

Elaborated by Julia Czapla, Joanna Kotarba,
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ul. Wspólna 11,
32-130 Koszyce


phone 41 351 43 22
phone 509 684 436
page museum

Opening hours

Monday
8.00 — 16.00
Tuesday
8.00 — 14.00
Wednesday
8.00 — 16.00
Thursday
8.00 — 15.00
Friday
8.00 — 14.00
Saturday
8.00 — 16.00
Sunday
closed

Ticket Prices

free admission
Objects

The Book of Records of Apprentices, Promotions and Entries of the Grand Guild in Koszyce

As a city founded under the Magdeburg law, Koszyce had favourable conditions for the development of craftsmanship. In addition, the development of craftsmanship was influenced by trade routes passing through Koszyce (the royal trade route and the route to Kiev), the river port in Morsko, a weekly market taking place on Mondays...

Statute of the Great Guild in Koszyce given by the City Council

The City Council, the mayor and his deputy played a significant role in the development and functioning of the city. The City Council had the right to issue statutes of guilds.

Seal of Koszyce

The seal of Koszyce imprinted in green wax, hanging on a parchment belt attached to a document probably issued for coopers in Koszyce. In the stamp field, there is a figure of Saint Stanislaus — another symbol of the town, along with two little baskets.

Scoop

This miniature scoop comes from the Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age, it has a ribbon-shaped handle and a spotted, black and beige surface. It was discovered during excavation research conducted in Witów in the post-war period at excavation site no. 1.

Pot

The first man settled in Witów, lying in a distance of 4 km from Koszyce, as early as several thousand years ago. The first archaeological finds from this area are dated back to that time — ca. 5 thousand years ago. The local hill on the river was a perfect place to settle. It had its natural defensive features, which were eagerly used by our ancestors who founded subsequent settlements in the Witów area. They left their traces there: vessels, tools, ornaments.

Mug

A beige and brown mug with a ribbon-shaped handle, with the body decorated with circular depressions and vertical slats. It comes from the Bronze Age. It was discovered during excavation research conducted in Witów in the post-war period at excavation site no. 1.

Little knobby amphora

The little amphora comes from excavation research conducted in Witów in the post-war period in site no. 1. From 1961 to 1963, the research was coordinated by Józef Marciniak, PhD, and in the 1970s by Jacek Rydzewski, PhD. During the works, objects showing evidence of a human presence in Witów as early as the Neolithic era were found.

Knobby amphora

This is the second example of the knobby amphorae from the Witów area presented on our website. It comes from the Bronze Age. It was discovered during excavation research conducted in Witów in the post-war period at excavation site no. 1.

Hanukkah lamp

The eight-branched candelabrum made in honour of the Hanukkah festival – the victorious Maccabean Revolt. The festival – recorded in the books of Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) – is over 2,000 years old.

Confirmation of the statute of the Grand Guild in Koszyce issued by Stefan Batory

The document is the confirmation of the statute of the Grand Guild of Koszyce by the king, issued a year earlier by the city council, which is also presented on our website.

A vessel rolled on a potter’s wheel

A vessel thrown on a potter’s wheel with a profiled, conical neck, of light grey colour, comes from the late Roman imperial period, i.e. 3rd–4th century AD. It was discovered at the multicultural site no. 1 in Witów.

“Obesłanie” – wooden plate bearing the emblem of the guild of the carpenters in Koszyce

Obesłanie of the guild of carpenters in Koszyce depicts an eagle on one side, and the Eye of Providence as well as carpentry tools on the other: a protractor, compass, plane and the inscription: “.Year. 1546 .”

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