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Papermaking Museum
May 14, 2008   
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The Museum of Papermaking in Duszniki-Zdrój is housed in a paper mill from 1605, a priceless reminder of the technology of a bygone era. Some of the most distinctive features of the mill include a shingled roof, topped with a Baroque structure on the western side and a distinctive pavilion at the entrance.

The tradition of papermaking in Duszniki-Zdrój dates back to the 16th century. The first known record of the local paper mill comes from 1562, when Ambroży Tepper sold stock in the paper mill to Mikołaj Kretschmer. The original paper mill was destroyed in a flood in 1601. After subsequent reconstruction, the mill resumed making paper in 1605.

The Museum of Papermaking opened to the public July 26, 1968, and three years later, it began demonstrating traditional paper making techniques. The papermaking room soon became a must-see for tourists, attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year.

Exhibitions at the museum illustrate the history of papermaking, technology employed in the papermaking industry in the 19th and 20th centuries and the history of printing. Visitors are particularly interested in the demonstration of papermaking, carried out using original techniques. You can take part in workshops and then take home a sheet of paper you have made yourself. Another major interest at the museum is a garden with fibrous plants used for paper manufacture in different corners of the world. The museum is a major tourist attraction in Lower Silesia.

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