The Landek Park Mining Museum:
History on display in Petřkovice
More than twenty-five years ago, a mining museum was founded at the site of Ostrava’s oldest
mining site, Důl Anselm, which has since become the largest in the entire Czech Republic.
The combination of the mining museum as an industrial attraction and Landek Hill with its varied
flora and fauna as a natural attraction lends this location in Ostrava Petřkovice a unique appeal.
The exposition layout, placed at the edge of the
protected area of Landek Hill, uniquely depicts the
development of human society, from the stone age
to the typical architecture of the industrial revolution
and beyond, all the way to mining technologies
characteristic of the 20th century. The Landek Park
Museum is therefore a combination of a traditional
in-door museum and an open-air museum.
We bring you an interview with Ing. Lumír Plac,
the director of Landek Park, who spent his entire life
in the mining industry and has been working at the
museum since 1997. He was essential in the museum’s
development, and its inclusion in the comprehensive
system of industrial attractions, which includes
Dolní Oblast Vítkovice along with the entire system
of monuments and attractions in the region. For his
life’s work in the popularization of mining history,
he received the title “Personality of Tourism for the
Moravian Silesian Region 2019.”
Mr. Director, could you familiarize the readers with
the area around Landek Park?
Landek Hill in Ostrava-Petřkovice is home to Ostrava’s
oldest coal mine, the Anselm Mine, along with the
largest exposition of the history of mining and rescue
technologies in the Czech Republic. The hill is also
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connected to a thirty-five hectare area that contains
a sport/relaxation zone along with a camping area
for tents, trailers and recreational vehicles (RVs).
The Stellplatz is a zone specially built for travel with
trailers and other vehicles with proper infrastructure.
The Venus of Petřkovice, a prehistoric statuette of the
only slim Venus in Europe, has been found in the area.
Its historical significance is equivalent to the Venus
of Dolní Věstonice.
What is the history and current state of the museum?
Who played the biggest role in its conception?
The museum was first opened to the public in 1993,
as the only historical witness to the long-term mining
activities in Ostrava. At the time, the museum’s
creation was significantly supported by enthusiasts
from the club of the Mining Museum’s associates
along with support from the Landek Foundation.
What makes the museum unique? What interesting
things can visitors see and is there anything you can
surprise them with?
Our guided tours offer the authentic experience
of entrance into the area of the mineshaft, the
chain locker rooms, an exposition of mining rescue
equipment and a ride in the original mine train from the
60s. The exposition also unveils the story of Ferdinand