Muzeum Papiernictwa w Dusznikach-Zdroju


The history of papermaking in Duszniki-Zdrój dates back to the middle of the 16th century. Paper was made in a small mill at the time. Following the destructive flood of 1601 a more extensive building was built. The paper made there was of the highest quality and it was delivered to the offices in Wrocław on exclusive rights. In the middle of the 19th century handmade paper was replaced by mass production. Commercial activity in the mill stopped in the 30’s of the 20th century. After WWII efforts were made to open a museum in the historic mill, which was finally accomplished in 1968. Soon after that making paper using traditional methods was reintroduced and also offered to visitors as one of the many attractions. A very interesting educational program for children and youth was designed. In 1992 the Museum became an independent institution of culture and since 1999 it has been taken care of by the Lower Silesia Marshal’s Office. In 2011 the Museum was awarded the official status of a historic monument. The museum in Duszniki is realizing the concept of preparing the application for inscribing several most precious historical paper mills on the UNESCO list. Papermaking museums in Poland (Duszniki-Zdrój), Czech Republic (Velke Losiny) and Germany (Homburg) are currently cooperating in this field.