Hussite museum reopened in the Czech Republic
The Hussite Museum in Tabor in Southern Bohemia has reopened to visitors following renovation works and a major re-haul of its exhibition.
The Hussite Museum is one of the most visited museums in the Czech Republic, but before the renovation and renewal works started in October 2008, its permanent Hussite exhibition had not been changed in 40 years. With €490,000 in support from the EEA Grants, the exhibition has now been renewed with modern exhibition techniques, including multimedia elements and interactivity. Through pictures, comics, film scenes, touch panels and audio guides, visitors can explore the history of the Hussite movement and its importance for Czech and European history and the identity of the modern Czech nation. The museum has been made accessible to disabled people, and explanatory texts are available in both Czech and English in order to attract foreign tourists.
The Hussite Movement
The Hussites were a Christian movement that followed the teachings of the Bohemian religious reformer Jan Hus (1369-1415), one of the forerunners of the Protestant Reformation. Hus was in the early 15th century rector of Charles University in Prague, and managed to infuriate the Roman Catholic Church by preaching against the church’s sale of indulgences, and encouraging students to reject the church’s wealth, corruption and hierarchical tendencies.
In 1414, Hus was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church and burned at the stake the following year. The Hussite movement assumed a revolutionary character as soon as it became publicly known that Hus had been executed. His death was by many regarded as a criminal act, and when news broke, disturbances directed primarily against the clergy and the monks broke out. In the aftermath, the knights and nobles of Bohemia and Moravia, who were in favour of church reform, sent a letter of protest condemning the execution to representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, and offered protection to those who were persecuted for their faith. More than a decade of religious warfare followed. These wars are today known as the Hussite Wars or the Bohemian Wars (1419-1434).
The movement promoted ideas such as freedom of religion and peaceful co-existence of various ethnic groups and nations, and the Hussite Era is widely taught during history classes in Czech schools.
The Hussite Museum is located in the gothic style Old Town Hall, dating back to the 15th century, in the centre of Tabor, where the more extreme followers of the Hussite movement had their stronghold. Here visitors can experience and learn more about the Hussite Movement and its historical roots and traditions.
Picture: Archeological exhibition in the basement. The photo is taken by Helena Benyskova, NMFA.
Renovation of the Hussite exposition of the Hussite Museum in Tábor
Conservation of European cultural heritage
Type & project assistance:
Grant agreement date:
24 November 2008
The purpose of the project is to increase the visit rate at the Hussite Museum by renewing the expositions and making the museum building into a barrier free area, with the overall objective of preservation of European cultural heritage in the Czech Republic. Reference is made to the application dated 31 January 2008 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
1. Preparation of exhibition space, technical and design documents (building and exhibition modifications)
2. Construction works and modifications
3. Purchase and installation of equipment (e.g. new computers and audio-visual media, display technologies, lighting)
4. Preparation and installation of the exhibitions and additional services (text, captions, written and audio guide)
5. Publishing of educational CD-ROM, and a workshop for professional people
6. Management and publicity
The applicant is the Hussite Museum in Tábor. Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Town of Tabor.
The Focal Point shall ensure that the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic provides at least 15.00 percent of the total estimated eligible Project cost.