Transport heritage as tourist attraction in Poland
The Museum of Technology and Transport is the city of Szczecin’s newest tourist attraction. The new museum, financed by the EEA Grants, opened on 21October 2010.
The museum is located in the cityof Szczecin’s old tram depot halls, which date back to 1912, and cover more than 3000 square metres. 750 items are on display, including Polish cars, motorcycles, trams, buses and tractors. The museum has been connected to the tram network of the city, enabling visitors to go on trips in an old renovated tram through the streets of Szczecin. The museum also features a science exhibition where visitors can experience elements of science and technology, presented in an educational and instructive fashion.
Thanks to the EEA Grants-financed project, valuable cultural heritage, such as old trains and other transport vehicles, has been protected and the city of Szczecin can boast a new tourist attraction.
During the course of the project, the formerly deteriorated old tram depot halls were renovated and modified into a museum, old transport vehicles, equipment and furniture were purchased, exhibition rooms were created, and a new building to house a warehouse, administrative office facilities and a reading room for visitors was constructed.
The project was implemented in partnership with the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology (Norsk teknisk museum) in Oslo, and this cooperation will enable joint exhibitions and other cultural and educational projects involving both museums.
„Museum of Technical Science and Transportation - Art Depot in Szczecin”
Conservation of European cultural heritage
Type & project assistance:
Grant agreement date:
27 May 2008
The purpose of the Project is to develop the premises of the Museum of Technical Science and Transportation in the Niemierzyn tram depot for cultural purposes, with the overall objective of preserving and developing the cultural resources of transport and technology. Reference is made to the application, dated 12 April 2007, and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
• renovation and construction works, including: demolition of a small building behind the main tram depot; renovation and modification of the tram depot halls (ul. Niemierzynska 18A), including the modification of the courtyard including a new roof; the creation of exhibition rooms and service facilities, installation of a gas connection for heating; and construction of a new building to house a warehouse, offices, administrative facilities, and a reading room for visitors;
• reconnecting the tram depot to the municipal tram network;
• purchase of equipment and furnishings for both buildings (including the installation of a security system), and the maintenance workshop;
• supervision services of a Contract Engineer and an architect;
• project management; and
• information and publicity activities.
The Project Promoter is the Urban Municipality of Szczecin.
The Focal Point shall ensure that Project Promoter provides at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.