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Norblin Factory Museum

We are delighted that you have decided to visit the Norblin Factory Museum, which is an integral part of the revitalised Norblin Factory.

This is no ordinary museum. It is a unique place, which occupies almost two hectares in the heart of Warsaw’s Wola district. An open space comprising 10 historical buildings, 50 machines and devices that have returned to their place after many years, as well as a collection of Norblin platters produced in the former Norblin, Buch Brothers and T. Werner factories.

Visiting our Museum is like an urban game. It requires the involvement of the visitors, who will find the exhibits and their dedicated descriptions on their own. There are several logistical decisions to be made when preparing for a visit.

We are delighted that you have decided to visit the Norblin Factory Museum, which is an integral part of the revitalised Norblin Factory.

This is no ordinary museum. It is a unique place, which occupies almost two hectares in the heart of Warsaw’s Wola district. An open space comprising 10 historical buildings, 50 machines and devices that have returned to their place after many years, as well as a collection of Norblin platters produced in the former Norblin, Buch Brothers and T. Werner factories.

Visiting our Museum is like an urban game. It requires the involvement of the visitors, who will find the exhibits and their dedicated descriptions on their own. There are several logistical decisions to be made when preparing for a visit.

Exploratory pathways

Are you interested in antique machines? Or the products of the former Norblin Factory are closer to your heart? Are you an admirer of architecture of the buildings, or are you more interested in the people associated with this place? We have prepared four exploratory pathways.

Each of them is available on three different levels:

  • Family — dedicated to families with children
  • Tourist — for those who want to explore the history of the factory 
  • Expert — for enthusiasts who are interested in history and want to learn about the history of the area in detail

The mobile app will guide you through the Tourist level. For the other levels, dedicated booklets have been prepared and are available for purchase at the Triki Tashka café/bookshop, from where all the tour routes start.

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“Buildings and Architecture” pathway

The route you will follow is marked by buildings erected on the site of the former Norblin Factory. We will go back in time to the mid-18th century and end up in the 21st century. Over the course of several centuries, the plot of land at Żelazna Street not only changed hands and suffered the consequences of two world wars, but also gradually changed its character – from a suburban residence with a villa and a large garden to a tightly built-up industrial area devoid of greenery and located in the centre of a city.

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photo: Werner Family collections

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“Buildings and Architecture” pathway

The route you will follow is marked by buildings erected on the site of the former Norblin Factory. We will go back in time to the mid-18th century and end up in the 21st century. Over the course of several centuries, the plot of land at Żelazna Street not only changed hands and suffered the consequences of two world wars, but also gradually changed its character – from a suburban residence with a villa and a large garden to a tightly built-up industrial area devoid of greenery and located in the centre of a city.

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“People” pathway

To begin the tale of the history of this place, we must go back to the 18th century. It was then that a man came into the world who, having made his fortune, bought a piece of land just outside the town, a remnant of an old brickyard. He built a summer villa there and surrounded it with a beautiful garden. Years later, the same plot of land will be found in the very centre of Warsaw. It is here that the Norblin Factory buildings will be erected. As part of this pathway, we will present people who played a significant role in the history of the Norblin Factory.

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fot. Zbiory Rodziny Wernerów

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“People” pathway

To begin the tale of the history of this place, we must go back to the 18th century. It was then that a man came into the world who, having made his fortune, bought a piece of land just outside the town, a remnant of an old brickyard. He built a summer villa there and surrounded it with a beautiful garden. Years later, the same plot of land will be found in the very centre of Warsaw. It is here that the Norblin Factory buildings will be erected. As part of this pathway, we will present people who played a significant role in the history of the Norblin Factory.

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“Machines and Devices” pathway

Not only the original equipment of the Norblin Factory in Żelazna Street has been preserved. Above all, it is the functional and spatial layout itself, with a complete technological line divided into subassemblies. The route describes the sequence as it was realised in the Warsaw Metal Rolling Mill in the post-war period. 

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fot. Zbiory Rodziny Wernerów

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“Machines and Devices” pathway

Not only the original equipment of the Norblin Factory in Żelazna Street has been preserved. Above all, it is the functional and spatial layout itself, with a complete technological line divided into subassemblies. The route describes the sequence as it was realised in the Warsaw Metal Rolling Mill in the post-war period. 

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“Products” pathway

This pathway consists of two routes. A thematic route and a route showing the styles of products made by both Norblin and Ska, as well as Norblin, Buch Brothers and T. Werner. These products were made both in plating and electroplating techniques, as well as the so-called new silver, e.g. verite; on a basis of copper, brass as well as verite itself.

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“Products” pathway

This pathway consists of two routes. A thematic route and a route showing the styles of products made by both Norblin and Ska, as well as Norblin, Buch Brothers and T. Werner. These products were made both in plating and electroplating techniques, as well as the so-called new silver, e.g. verite; on a basis of copper, brass as well as verite itself.

How to explore the Museum?

Our Museum can be explored in three ways.

With the app

Buy your ticket through the app. The ticket entitles you to explore two of the four pathways. Access will be granted for four hours from the start of the tour (start time to be determined when purchasing the ticket). During this time you can freely explore the pathways of your choice using your smartphone.

With booklets

Specially designed brochures describing the exhibition, targeting different groups. The tour starts at the Triki Tashka café/bookshop in the Plater building, level 0. There you can buy a ticket and a set of booklets dedicated to each of the tour pathways.

With guides

You can also visit the Norblin Factory accompanied by actors, who play the roles of its former owners and guide groups (maximum 15 persons) around their properties. This guided tour is available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

With the app

Buy your ticket through the app. The ticket entitles you to explore two of the four pathways. Access will be granted for four hours from the start of the tour (start time to be determined when purchasing the ticket). During this time you can freely explore the pathways of your choice using your smartphone.

With booklets

Specially designed brochures describing the exhibition, targeting different groups. The tour starts at the Triki Tashka café/bookshop in the Plater building, level 0. There you can buy a ticket and a set of booklets dedicated to each of the tour pathways.

With guides

You can also visit the Norblin Factory accompanied by actors, who play the roles of its former owners and guide groups (maximum 15 persons) around their properties. This guided tour is available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Each Museum station is marked with a visual reference to the name of the pathway, a QR code and the station number. You can scan each code to find out which pathway is dedicated to which exhibit. If you have a ticket purchased via the app, follow its instructions – the stations are named and numbered. When you reach a particular station, you click the number you are at on your phone and learn the facts about the object.

When you buy a ticket via the app or a printed ticket, you receive an additional QR code that allows you to launch special multimedia attractions at selected stations.

Explore with the app

The ticket is active in the app for four hours from the start, with each pathway requiring approximately one hour to explore. The ticket provides you with the opportunity to explore two of the four available pathways of the permanent exhibition. You don’t have to rush and can take breaks during the tour.

We are testing the app and the pathways of our Museum together. If you have suggestions or insights – we’d love to hear about them! Write to us at poznajmuzeum@fabrykanorblina.pl.

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Explore with guides

Maybe you want to start by getting to know the general history of the Norblin Factory?

If so, come along on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday for a guided tour, which will take you through selected points of all the pathways. You will be able to come back and find out more about what interests you most.

Book your ticket and pay at the Tashka café. The ticket is PLN 35.

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Explore with guides

Maybe you want to start by getting to know the general history of the Norblin Factory?

If so, come along on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday for a guided tour, which will take you through selected points of all the pathways. You will be able to come back and find out more about what interests you most.

Book your ticket and pay at the Tashka café. The ticket is PLN 35.

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Guided tour in Ukrainian language

Book a guided tour of the museum. Click on the desired day, select the time and enter the required data. You will receive a confirmation of your reservation by e-mail.

The tour begins in the “Plater” building on level “0”.

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General information

Contact

Norblin Factory Museum
ul. Żelazna 51/53,
00-841 Warszawa

+48 728 594 813
muzeum@fabrykanorblina.pl

Opening hours

The Museum is open from Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. But 6:00 PM is the latest time you can start your visit – at that time you have time to explore one pathway.

Ticket prices

  • 15 PLN (with application)*
  • 30 PLN (with any two booklets for the three exploratory pathways: Buildings and Architecture, Machines and Devices, People; at three levels: Expert, Tourist, Family)*
  • 40 PLN (guided tours)*

*Price per one ticket

  • Children up to 7 years of age – free admission

Prices for booklets bought without a ticket: for the Family level (PLN 15), for the Tourist level (PLN 20), for the Expert level (PLN 30).

The Museum’s ticket office is located in the Triki Tashka café – on the ground floor of the Plater building (entrance through the gate from Żelazna Street and the revolving door in the building on the right). The Triki Tashka café/bookshop is also the starting point of each Museum tour.

The ticket is active in the app for four hours from the start, with each pathway requiring approximately one hour to explore. The ticket provides you with the opportunity to explore two of the four available pathways of the permanent exhibition. You don’t have to rush and can take breaks during the tour.