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Muzeum Regionalne PTTK im. I. Łukasiewicza Gorlice

PTTK Regional Museum of Ignacy Łukasiewicz in Gorlice

Manekiny przedstawiające żołnierzy z czasów pierwszej wojny światowej.
Wąska 7-9, 38-300 Gorlice Tourist region: Beskid Sądecki i Niski
tel. +48 183522615
The building of the Museum stands out for the large mural on its façade, depicting soldiers from the First World War. The exhibition inside takes a closer look at the history of Gorlice with particular emphasis on oil extraction. It was in Gorlice that Ignacy Łukasiewicz, the precursor of the oil industry, lived in the 19th century. It was also here that the first paraffin lamp in the world was lit and Gorlice became the cradle of the European oil industry.

Here you can see an apothecary alembic, which was used to distil petroleum, and a prototype of the world's first paraffin lamp. But the Gorlice Museum also has exhibits related to the Battle of Gorlice that was fought between 2 and 5 May 1915. It was one of the most important battles of World War I, as it led to the breakthrough of the front. As a result, the Austrian and German troops finally pushed the Russian troops to the east and forced them to retreat. In the museum, visitors can see a maquette of the battle with the positions of the warring armies marked out, as well as elements of uniforms, military equipment and armaments (rifles, bayonets, ammunition bags, buttons, belt buckles, mess kits). Souvenirs, made after the battle using fragments of military equipment, are also items of interest. Prominent among these is a monstrance made from Mauser rifle cartridges and artillery shells. In the basement, there is an exhibition introducing the uniforms of the armies fighting in Galicia during the First World War. Among the wax figures, one can see, for example, Emperor Franz Joseph I and General August von Mackensen, commander of the German and Austro-Hungarian armies during the Gorlice-Tarnów offensive in May 1915.


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