The Silesian Museum is a gate to Silesia, with a scope extending from both animate and inanimate objects to prehistory, history and art history, primarily with regard to the history of Silesia, as well as north and northwest Moravia. The Silesian Museum is a contributory organisation of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. It is the oldest public museum on the territory of the current Czech Republic, with a history that stretches back to 1814. With its 2,400,000 exhibition items, it is, at the same time, the third biggest museum in the country.