Upper Silesian State Museum


European cooperation comes to life in the Upper Silesian State Museum in Ratingen's Hösel district: the museum, which has existed since 1983, has set itself the task of collecting, preserving and exhibiting the real cultural assets of Upper Silesia. 
Visitors get a picture of the history and culture of the Silesian regions and thus also of today's Poland and the Czech Republic. Upper Silesia, once part of Germany, was shaped by German culture for centuries. Pioneering collaborations make it possible to marvel at valuable loans from German, Polish and Czech collections in the modern museum building. The coal and steel industry, which is comparable to that in the Ruhr area, is still an important source of income in the region today. The vivid comparisons in the permanent exhibition include the immigration of skilled workers and migration in the 20th century.

Numerous temporary exhibitions on cultural, social and economic history on the ground floor of the modern museum building complement the permanent exhibition on the upper floor. All areas are barrier-free accessible. The museum offers numerous lectures, guided tours and museum educational programs for all age groups. Children and young people as well as school classes can take part in action afternoons.

In addition to the exhibitions, there are now exciting escape rooms in the museum. At the Silesia Challenges, visitors and a team of journalists playfully immerse themselves in Upper Silesian history and culture.

Good to know

Opening hours

New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, All Saints' Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve closed
Closing days: Monday, Tuesday

General Information

  • Bus stop available

  • Parking lots available


  • for families

  • for groups

  • for any weather

  • Bad weather offer

foreign languages


Other equipment/furnishings

  • toilet facility


Barrier-free accessible for people with walking disabilities or wheelchairs
Elevator and disabled toilets available

Hygiene and infection control measures

The current hygiene and infection protection measures of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia apply.

Arrival & Parking

By train - you can reach us by public transport:
• S-Bahn line 6 (Cologne -) Düsseldorf - Essen to S-Bahn station (Ratingen -) Hösel
•Footpath to the Upper Silesian State Museum 800 m / approx. 10 minutes or 3 minutes by bus
• Bus lines 770 (Hösel - Velbert S-Bahn station) and 773 (Hösel - Ratingen Mitte) to the Oberschlesisches Landesmuseum stop
• Travel time from Cologne 1 hour, from Düsseldorf or Essen 30 minutes.

By car
For long-distance traffic by car, the Breitscheid motorway junction (A 3/A 52) is 5 km away.
The Haus Oberschlesien Foundation and the Upper Silesian State Museum are conveniently located between Düsseldorf and Essen in the Ratingen district of Hösel.

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Price information

Price adult: 5€
Reduced price: €3
Family price: €10
Children up to the age of 10 as well as members of the SHOS association, members of the LdO, the ICOM and the German Museum Association receive free admission.

Escape Room: EUR 12 pp
Information on reduced prices: Pupils, students, people with disabilities from 70% disability, seniors from 65 years, groups of 10 or more people



Upper Silesian State Museum

Bahnhofstrasse 62
40883 Ratingen

0049 2102 965-0



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