About us

Historical and Archaeological Museum in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski has two branches: Archaeological Museum and Krzemionki Reserve and Wielopolski Palace in Częstocice.

A few words about us

The museum was opened on December 3, 1966. From the beginning of its existence, the museum has been trying to operate in a professional manner, cooperating with other museums, cultural institutions, schools and associations. Since 2001, the Historical and Archaeological Museum has been included in the elite group of museums entered into the National Register of Museums of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, which confirms the high level of substantive activity and the uniqueness of the collections. Since 2022, the institution has been co-run by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Ostrowiec Poviat.

Archaeological Museum and Krzemionki Reserve

In Sudol near Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski there is an unusual place – the Archaeological Museum and Krzemionki Reserve. Striped flint mines operated here during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age.

The architecture of the prehistoric excavations and the landscape on the surface are an invaluable testimony to the knowledge and technical capabilities of the people of the Stone Age. This unique relic of the past was declared a Monument of History in 1994. Krzemionki, along with the Borownia and Korycizna mining fields and the prehistoric mining settlement on the Gawroniec hill in Ćmielów, which together form the Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019.

The tourist route in Krzemionki is approx. 1.5 km long and presents a unique post-mining landscape from over 5,000 years ago. The most interesting part of the route is its several-hundred-metre long underground section. It allows you to see well-preserved prehistoric mining excavations. When visiting the mines in Krzemionki, you have a unique opportunity to see places that have not changed much since the time when flint concretions were extracted from them several thousand years ago. The underground tourist route in Krzemionki is the only such facility in the world open to the general public!

In Krzemionki, you can also visit museum exhibitions and a reconstruction of a prehistoric village. The multimedia exhibition „Lords of Flint” presents the functioning of Neolithic mines and the times in which their creators lived and worked.

There is also the nature reserve „Krzemionki Opatowskie”. There are 39 species of rare and protected plants here. This area is also a refuge for many species of animals.

Archaeological Museum and Krzemionki Reserve
Sudół 135a, 27-400 Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski
sekretariat@krzemionki.info / 41 260 55 50

Wielopolski Palace in Częstocice

The historic Wielopolski Palace is located in the Częstocice district in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski.

It was built at the end of the 19th century for Maria and Zygmunt Wielopolski, the then owners of the Ostrowiec estate. Today it is the seat of one of the two branches of the Historical and Archaeological Museum.

The two-storey building with a magnificent colonnaded portico was designed by the architect Leandro Marconi in an eclectic style. Its front is decorated with the coats of arms of the owners of the palace – on the left side of the Wielopolski family (Starykoń) and on the right side of the Laski family (own coat of arms). From 2022, after a thorough renovation, permanent and temporary exhibitions can be seen in the period interiors. The palace is surrounded by a historic park with an interesting tree stand. In its area there is a multicultural archaeological site. Discovered here, among others remains of blast furnaces from the first centuries of our era.

Wielopolski Palace in Częstocice
ul. Świętokrzyska 37, 27-400 Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski
sekretariat@muzeumostrowiec.pl / 669 970 489

To top