In July 2017 the Moravian Museum will celebrate 200 years of its existence. It is certainly an anniversary that will be commemorated not only in the Czech Republic but also in the cultural world of the whole of Central Europe. On this occasion the museum prepares many events and activities that will draw attention to the role, tradition and history of the Czech museum world. 

Museums have always played a crucial role in shaping the modern civil society, they stood at the cradle of the majority of scientific disciplines and continue to play an irreplaceable role even today. It is therefore important to remind the current society of the function of museums and of the values they preserve. The bicentenary is a good occasion for doing so. The museum is an important platform for the preservation of evidences of the natural and cultural heritage and one of the centres of extracurricular education and rising public awareness. Since two centuries it has been stimulating the inception and development of the most of scientific disciplines and thanks to that it has been holding an extraordinary source base consisting of millions of authentic items documenting the past, the culture and the wildlife of this country. It has to be pointed out that modern museums not only enhance the quality of social life but also offer economic opportunities. The modern trend of understanding the museum as a well arranged interactive didactic encyclopaedia serving the professionals and the broad public is an important precondition of further development of the Moravian Museum, a memory institution based in Brno. The museum carries on the trend of public openness and offering a large range of well-appointed museum services. Its irreplaceable role in Brno cultural life finds its expression in museum premises open to the public (Dietrichstein Palace, Bishop´s Court, Mendelianum, Palace of Noble Ladies, Anthropos Pavilion, Leoš Janáček Memorial, Centre for cultural-political history of the 20th century). Every year some 160 000 visitors come to the Moravian Museum.

Celebration events:

200 years of the Moravian Museum – presentation of scientific departments

9 September 2016 – 7 January 2018, K. Valoch Hall, Dietrichstein Palace

From September 2016, a presentation of particular scientific departments of the three museums within the Moravian Museum – Historical Museum, Natural History Museum, and Art History Museum – will take place carrying out collecting, documentation, scientific and vulgarization activities. The departments will present the visitors with their history, documentation and research activities, their staff and the most interesting collection items; iconographic materials and audio-visual supports will show crucial moments of their existence, scientific and presentation activities and important personalities from the past and present.

New permanent exhibition – Central European crossing: Moravia in the 20th century

From 22 November 2017, 3rd floor, Dietrichstein Palace

The new permanent exhibition will present crucial historical events of the 20th century in the context of the history of north Danubian region, in historical boundaries of the today Czech Republic emphasizing the historical territory of the Moravian Margraviate. It will map political, cultural and social history. The basic line will be chronological-thematic, with cultural-scientific parentheses (important institutions and personalities) and presentation of everyday life. The exhibition will present the history of the country and its institutions, as well as cultural phenomena and key personalities determining the country´s position and role in connotations of the history of the Czech Lands and the whole Central European region or even in a broader context.

This permanent exhibition has been prepared with the financial support of the Czech Ministry of Culture. The event takes place with the support of the City of Brno and under the auspices of its Mayor, Ing. Petr Vokřál.

Exhibition – 200 years of the Moravian Museum

From 9 September 2017, J. Jelínek Hall, Dietrichstein Palace

The exhibition reminds of the festive moment of the museum foundation, of its historical context and personalities having initiated the inception of the institution.

Big concert

9 September 2017, Bishop's Courtyard

Programme: works from the collections of the department of History of Music / Moravian Museum, from the 19th – 20th centuries (preliminary programme: L. Janáček, B. Martinů. V. Kaprálová).

Outputs of the project:

Exhibition catalogue.

Associated events:

The range of associated events will include activities related to the presentation of scientific departments as well as independent educational and vulgarization events.

The most important moments of the Moravian Museum