Muzeum břidlice (Slate Museum) in Budišov nad Budišovkou
Visitors can learn about the history of slate mining and how the rock was processed at the Muzeum břidlice (Slate Museum) in Budišov nad Budišovkou. It is housed in an eighteenth-century listed former mill building and covers seven centuries of the history of slate in this part of Opavské Slezsko.
Visitors will discover that slate was not used solely for roof tiles. The museum features a slate clock, slate boards for writing used in schools, and even an inkwell. Slate was also used to make gramophone records. The museum’s exhibits also include mining carts that were saved and preserved by enthusiasts so that people today can get an idea of how slate was mined. Visitors will get an even better sense of the mining atmosphere with a documentary film from the underground of a slate mine.
Slate mining has been a part of the area surrounding Budišov nad Budišovkou for centuries. Mining began here as early as in the 13th century, and, according to historians, even the name “Budišov” comes from mining: it apparently stems from the fact that miners lived in boudy (sheds), colloquially, “budach.”
Visitors to Budišov nad Budišovsku can learn about the history of slate on the nature trail, Břidlicová stezka (Slate Trail).