Historical Museum of Szczecin

Historical Museum of Szczecin information

Location
Szczecin , Poland
Address
ul Ks. Mściwoja II 8
Telephone
+48 91 431 5258
More information
www.muzeum.szczecin.pl
Prices
adult/concession 10/5zł
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Fri, to 4pm Sat & Sun
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A short walk south will bring you to the 15th-century Gothic Town Hall , one of the most architecturally fascinating buildings in the city with its monster red-brick gable. This is the only relic of the Old Town, having miraculously survived the near-total destruction of the surrounding streets in WWII. Szczecin never enjoyed the meticulous postwar reconstruction of other Polish cities, but the Old Town has been partially recreated with an attractive line of stylised burghers’ houses right behind the Town Hall (in striking contrast to the unbecoming communist-era blocks opposite). The area is populated with a few fashionable cafes and upmarket bars, but remains quiet most of the time.

The Town Hall is home to the Historical Museum, a well-curated exhibition filling the light-filled interior. The most fascinating exhibit is a medieval treasure trove unearthed in 2001 during building works elsewhere in the city, a multimillion-dollar collection of silver coins, buttons, rings and other jewellery – and the small iron pot the loot was stashed in.