Bobrka Oil Industry Museum

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Museum of Oil and Gas Industry named after Ignacy Lukasiewicz in Bóbrka is located in the world oldest active oil mine. Here you can see the oil in its natural state, see how nineteenth century oil wells looked like, and stroll among the beautiful alleys of the forest.

Bóbrka was the first oil mine of in the world (founded in 1854 by the initiative of Titus Trzecielski and Ignacy Łukasiewicz). The museum shows many exhibits, such as those related to geology, mining and refining of petroleum  and petrochemical industry, natural gas mining.

The most valuable objects in the museum are from the time of Ignacy Lukaszewicz and the include:

  • an obelisk founded in 1872 by Ignacy Lukasiewicz at a place called Wrzanka;
  • Franek mine, made around 1860 by hand to a depth of 50 m;
  • Janina mine, excavated per hand to a depth of 132 m, and then hand-depth drilling rig to a depth of 250 m, till present day it is operated using the submersible pump. Currently the efficency of this source is from 50 to 100 kg of oil per day;
  • mechanical workshop from 1864, a wooden structure, which was used to support percussion drilling;
  • so called Lukasiewicz House from 1865 (includes a collection of oil lamps, photographs and a geological exhibition);
  • wooden mine forge from 1856, the interior has two brick hearths, fueled by leather bellows from the years 1890-1895, equipped with old blacksmith's tools;
  • reconstructed manual drilling from 1862, used for percussion drilling of shallow holes.

Bobrka Oil Industry Museum

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Muzeum Przemysłu Naftowego i Gazowniczego im. Ignacego Łukasiewicza, Bóbrka, 38-458 Chorkówka

Opening days and hours:

Open from 1 May to 30 September - 9:00 - 17:00 and from 1 October to 30 April- 7:00 - 15:00. Monday - closed.

Tickets adults:
10 PLN
Tickets children:


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Updated on

Wednesday, 06 February 2013

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