From castle to fortress

A permanent exposition on the history of construction of Špilberk Castle, presenting notable archaeological discoveries. The display includes history of a castle well and cistern. Visitors can also see the foundations of a robust cylindrical tower dating back to the 13th century that would guard the access road from Old Brno and with its dimensions belonged to the largest in the lands of the Czech Crown.

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International exhibition of fireworks from historical times up to the present.

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Prison of the nations 

The display situated on the ground floor of the castle northern wing is a free continuation of casemates. It informs the visitors to Špilberk Castle about its history of a notorious prison of the Habsburg Monarchy in the 18th and 19th centuries, well known all over the Europe. Mainly political prisoners were detained here – opponents to the Austrian Monarch. Among the best known are Hungarian Jacobins (F. Kazinczy), Italian patriots (S. Pellico) and Polish revolutionaries. Part of the display reminds the period of Nazi occupation when Špilberk Castle became a prison of Gestapo in Brno. Another part of the exposition is devoted to other famous prisoners such as Václav Babinský and Baron Trenck. Very interesting are also exhibits documenting the life in prison and reconstruction of a cell in which political prisoners were detained in the 19th century.

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Brno at Špilberk

A most interesting historical exposition provides its visitors with information on the highlighted moments in the history of Brno – from the first written note of the town in Kosmova Chronicle through medieval Brno – the seat of Moravian Margraves, the rivalry between Brno and Olomouc for the leadership in Moravia, the siege of the town by Swedes in 1645, and the development of craftsmanship and manufacturing in Brno in the 19th century when it would be called Manchester of the Central Europe until the formation of Greater Brno. All this is documented in archival records and in numerous museum collections. Displays include old weapons, historical watches, glass, porcelain, furniture, fashion accessories, vedute, guild antiquities and other exhibits.

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From renaissance to modern trends

The exposition of visual art presents to the public a selection of collections of works of art of the Brno City Museum from 1570 until 1945. The first part of the exposition presents works of visual art created in Brno in the period from late renaissance until the end of 19th century. These collections as a whole were closed to the public for nearly 50 years. Visitors can find here votive renaissance paintings, a group of sculptures of the baroque sculptor Ondřej Schweigl and a collection of the 19th century portraits. The second part of the exposition is delimited by the period between 1900 and 1945 and presents paintings, sculptural and furniture works of Czech artists whose lives and works were somehow associated with the City of Brno. The presented works of art provide you with a comprehensive overview of the works of a notable artist A. Procházka. Brno is irresistibly connected with the output of J. Král and the Group of Visual Artists in Brno (J. Šíma, F. Süsser, J. Zamazal, F. Duša, and E. Milén). The exposition also includes works of visual artists F. Foltýn, F. Kaláb and E. Filla, sculptors J. Kubíček and V. Makovský, and furniture pieces of J. Vaněk, A. Loos and E. Králík.

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For new Brno

The exposition of Brno architecture in the period between 1919 and 1939 is the first and only display of such a type in the Czech Republic. Through the displayed original photos, written documents, printed matters, correspondence, architectonic studies, competitive designs, implementation projects and plans, often not yet published, visitors can learn about one of the most distinguished epochs in the architectonic and urbanistic development of Brno. A fast transformation of a provincial town into a metropolis of the international fame that took place in this period and that had no parallel in the previous history of Brno whatsoever is manifested here not only in the works of exceptional personalities such as B. Fuchs, J. Kumpošt, A Wiesner, etc., but also in the output of less known and sometimes even forgotten architects and master-builders who left their marks on the town appearance as distinctly as, for example, V. Dvořák, A. and V. Kubů, E. Gottlicher, F. Václavek, and others.

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Baroque pharmacy 

Installation of the 18th century furniture coming from the Elizabethans Convent in Brno.As the convent had to struggle against the shortage of financial means, it was forced to offer the pharmacy for sale. Representatives of the Brno Municipal Council organised a collection in 1908 (mainly business people who were members of the Municipal Council at that period participated in the collection) and they bought the pharmacy with the proceeds and handed it over to the custody of the Brno City Museum. With only minor exceptions, it represents a unique collection of original well preserved furniture and equipment, now once more on show to the public. The pharmacy is installed in the premises of Špilberk Castle and is accessible from the castle small courtyard.

Free entry. Baroque pharmacy is a part of  the souvenir shop.