The Subcarpathian Museum in Krosno was created in 1954 as the Regional Museum of PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society). In 1958 it became a state institution, and in 2000 it adopted its present name. The headquarters of the Museum is situated in the antique building of the former Bishop's Palace in the center of the town. In the Museum’s rooms are presented permanent exhibitions like Pradzieje Podkarpacia-Przeszłość Ożywiona (Prehistory of Subcarpathia - Past Revived), Z dziejów Krosna i regionu (From the history of Krosno and the region), Galeria twórców krośnieńskich XIX w. i XX w. (Gallery of artists of the 19th and 20th century), Szkło podkarpackich hut (The Glass of Subcarpathian steel mills) and also Historia oświetlenia (The history of lighting) with the biggestcollection of oil lamps in Europe. The Museum is proud of the appreciable archaeological collections and the most extensive collection of Poland's contemporary utility and art glass. There are monuments connected with the history of the region and the artworks of the artists associated with Krosno. The Museum carries out education, research and development, and editorial activities. The book collection in the library has more than 25 thousand volumes and about 200 old prints from the 16th-18th century. Since 2011 the Museum's branch is Carpathian Troy Open-Air Archaeological Museum in Trzcinica.