Step back in time: Łódź skansen opens again after multi-million złoty overhaul

The museum has benefited from a PLN-15 million overhaul. Central Museum of Textiles/Facebook

After a two-year renovation the Łódź Wooden Architecture Skansen has opened for business again. Even though it is located just off the city centre, the open-air museum can take visitors back in time with its mix of old-time buildings.

The skansen lies next to the textile museum.Grzegorz Michałowski/PAP

With a church, a summer villa, and workers’ houses transported from Łódź and its surroundings, as well as signs and street lamps, the little enclave within the bustling city provides a true 19th-century feel.

The church dates back to the 1840s.Grzegorz Michałowski/PAP

The overhaul, which cost PLN 15 million, has also given the museum modern exhibition spaces.

The renovation will mean the museum can host new exhibitions.Grzegorz Michałowski/PAP

The wooden houses of the skansen, which form part of the Central Textile Museum, will be filled with an exhibition presenting the multicultural city in the years 1820-1989. The textile centre of Poland, Łódź was a site of mass industrialization and rapid urban development.

A summer villa is one of the attractions.Central Museum of Textiles/Facebook

Aneta Dalbiak, the Central Textile Museum’s director, said the museum had already benefited from an overhaul of one of its factories, and the now the completed renovation will add to appeal of the museum.

A new heating system means that people can visit the buildings throughout the year.Grzegorz Michałowski/PAP

“Now we can present weavers' houses, a wooden summer villa, and a bus stop from Zgierz, which have undergone modernisation and have been connected to heating so that they will be able to welcome visitors all year round,” she said.

The museum is located in the heart of the city.Grzegorz Michałowski/PAP

One of the objects that will be displayed in a new permanent exhibition at the open-air museum is an approximately hundred-year-old mangle. The machine was saved from destruction by a tenant of a block of flats on Antoniny Street in Łódź.