Muzeum Šipka Štramberk

The fossilized world and prehistoric people in Štramberk.

Permanent exposition - The Geology and archeology of Štramberk 


Štramberk – a place with a unique geological and prehistoric past

The town of Štramberk is located in the Beskydy foothills on the slopes of Bílá hora, Zámecký vrch and Kotouč hill. The limestone hill Kotouč is a phenomenon in many fields, but it is most attractive in the fields of geology, paleontology and archaeology. The Šipka Museum describes the development of Kotouč and its surroundings from the Mesozoic era, from the times when hunting groups of Neanderthals roamed here, to the medieval castles that guarded this area.

The Kotouč hill is made of limestone from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, when instead of a huge massif, a beautifully colored coral reef lay on the seabed. In the museum you can see what it looked like here 145-150 million years ago. Today, limestone is one of the richest paleontological sites not only in Europe. The Kotouč – Štramberk location is unique in the world.

Cavities form in cracks in limestones, in which minerals of limestone origin crystallize - calcite. The water that used to wash these cavities over time created caves and small karst formations.

Šipka Cave has also become world famous. This is mainly due to the discovery of the jaw of a Neanderthal child by Karel Jaroslav Maška and his team of diggers during archaeological research in 1880.


Museum Novojičínska is part of Technotrail now

We've been part of project Technotrail since January 2022. Our Branches in Kopřivnice and Příbor joined the Technotrail project with an interactive program.

Head out on the Technotrail, which links one-of-a-kind destinations with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, demonstrating the unique technological advancement of Northern Moravia and Silesia along the way.