Museums and Galleries
The Museum of Crafts in Letohrad
The Museum of Crafts in Letohrad can be found in buildings of the so-called New Court (Nový Dvůr) situated east of the square. Inside, you can see a rich exposition of craftsmen workshops chiefly from the period between 1890 and 1930. The first floor displays a unique full-equipped paramentory workshop which originally existed in the nearby town of Jablonné nad Orlicí, and introduces wood-working industries and their craftsmen such as a wood-carver, a wheeler, a hooper, a shingle-maker, a carpenter, an artistic wood-carver and also a craft of a brushware-maker, which appeared in later years.
From within the metalworking industries, visitors can learn about smithery, locksmithery and horology. Also a weaver, a tailor, a furrier, a shoe-maker, a saddler, a stove-fitter, a brick-maker or a stonecutter are represented in the exposition as well as more modern crafts of a hatter and a photographer. On the second floor of the museum you can visit a cottage room introducing a lifestyle of the then village, you may continue your tour in the section of the miller´s trade including a unique model of a mill from 1905. Another section invites you to a bakery with a stove heated from above and to a foretime classroom. You may also admire a complete fire-fighter carriage from1899. Neither the aspects of the milk and honey processing are omitted. The premises of the Nový Dvůr comprise also a restaurant, a wine-cellar, a garden restaurant and a gallery “Na sýpce” (The Granary).
Distance from Rokytnice v Orl.h.: 22 km
The Museum of Toys
The museum came into existence thanks to several enthusiasts who made available their collections and united them in a single exposition. Therefore, the range of exhibits is very wide: from dolls with porcelain heads and dolls´ houses to picture books, period photographs from the turn of the 19th century and so on and so forth…www: www.muzeumhracek.wz.cz
Rychnov nad Kněžnou
The Museum and Gallery of the Orlické Mountains – exposition in the Palace of the Kolowrat family. Temporary exhibitions focusing chiefly on the regional history and ethnography. Opened: May to September daily except for Monday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2 p.m.-5 p.m., October to December daily except for Monday 9 a.m. -1 p.m., 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Hladík Hall (the back courtyard of the Kolowrat Palace) Artistic legacy of a sculptor Karel Hladík. Opened: May to September daily except for Monday 9 a.m. -1 p.m., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., October – April daily except for Monday 9 a.m. -1 p.m., 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
The Karel Plachetka Memorial (Jiráskova 2 – the former barracks premises) This exposition displays a comprehensive ornithological collection comprising representatives of 255 bird species. About 700 stuffed specimens are on display.The collection is a result of Karel Plachetka´s (1877-1961) life-long endeavour, a native to Bedřichovka v O.h., who was a co-founder and functionary of the Czechoslovak Ornithology Association as well as of many other ornithological clubs and organisations. Opened: workdays 8 a.m. – 12 a.m., 1 p.m -3 p.m., or upon prior agreement.
A synagogue with an exposition on Hebraism in the area of the Orlické Mountains foothills and The Karel Poláček Memorial (Palackého Street Nr 602). Jewish communities dwelled till WWII in several places in the foothills of the Orlické Mountains and the exposition reveals traces of their existence. In 1882 a son was born into one Jewish family living in Rychnov nad Kněžnou – he was the future writer and journalist Karel Poláček (1892-1945) who was also brought up in the town of Rychnov. Opened: May – September daily except for Monday 9 a.m. -12 a.m., 1 p.m. -5 p.m., October: weekends upon prior agreement by phone – 00 420 494 534 450.
All expositions contact: Jiráskova Street Nr 2, phone: 494 534 450, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Native House of Fr. Vl. Hek - F. L. Věk (as known in literature), (Novoměstská Street Nr 185)
A permanent exhibition introducing the life and work of F. Vl. Hek-Věk. A room from the beginning of the 19th century, a merchant´s shop, a museum. Opened: April and October at weekends 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., May – September daily except Monday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Town-Hall (F. L. Věk Square Nr 1) A permanent exhibition The Brief History of Dobruška and The Right of Torture (since September 2007 also the first fruits by a painter František Kupka), a viewing gallery in the town-hall tower with a beautiful view of the Orlické Mountains. Opened: April and October at weekends 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., May – September daily except for Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Jews throughout Dobruška History (Šubertovo Square Nr 45) A permanent exposition which includes a rare landmark – the mikveh – a ritual purifying bath. Opened: April, May, June, September, October in workdays 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., July and August daily except for Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. All expositions contact: The Museum of the Dobruška Region, phone 494 629 668,
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Nové Město nad Metují
The Municipal Museum Currently, visitors may see four thematic expositions. The first one offers a Baroque apothecary and the others deal with history, crafts and nature of the region. Opened: October – April daily 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. / closed on Mondays and holidays. May – September daily except for Monday 9 a. m. - 12 a.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. / closed on Mondays and holidays. Contact: Na Zadomí 1226, phone: 491 470 289, 491 472 119, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Deštné v Orlických horách
The Museum of Winter Sports, Tourism and Crafts
The introductory exposition explains a long history of the settlement in Deštné and notable personalities who were either born or active there. Furthermore, there is an exposition of crafts, winter sports and ethnography. Opened: Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Contact: the museum is in the village centre opposite the church, phone 494 663 139.
Uhřínov pod Deštnou
Open Air Archaeological Museum Villa Nova The Villa Nova Association resides in a picturesque village named Velký Uhřínov and its objective is to build up a faithful replica of a Czech medieval village (the 12th – 14th century). The archaeological museum is situated not far away from Uhřínov in a little grove. There have been constructed replicas of period objects which serve for archaeological experiments and for presentation of the country life in medieval Bohemia to the general public. Opened all year round (tour without a guide). Guided tours are offered from May till September. May, June, September at weekends only: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., July and August Mondays – Fridays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Contact: Villa Nova - Středisko experimentální archeologie (Centre for Experimental Archaeology), Uhřínov pod Deštnou 15, phone: 494 598 010, cell-phone 00420 602 936 946,
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The Museum of Lace The exposition informs about almost four-hundred-year long history of lace as well as about lace of today. Opened: April and October daily except for Mondays 9 a.m. -12.00 a.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., May - September daily except for Monday 9 a.m. -12 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., November – March: Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. -12 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Contact: Vilímkova Street Nr 88, phone: 494 541 518, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Vojtěch Sedláček Memorial Examples of paintings and graphics by Vojtěch Sedláček and lace by Marie Sedláčková-Serbousková. A permanent exhibition on the work of Josef Korejz-Blatinský, a painter, chronicler and ethnographer. Opened: upon agreement. Contact: phone 494 545 172.
Rybná nad Zdobicí
The Selichar Gallery A picture-gallery was established in 1938 from collections donated by a local parson and dean Jan Selichar. The collection comprises works by well-known artists from the beginning of the 20th century. Most works presented in the gallery are by Oldřich Hlavsa who was a local native artist. In honour of his the then gallery was extended in 1986 by opening the „Hlavsa Hall“ which presents works by Antonín Slavíček, Jan Slavíček, Vincenc Beneš, Bořivoj Žufan, Bedřich Piskač, Václav Spála, Vojtěch Sedláček, prof. J. Ságner, Herbert Masaryk, Miloslav Hégr, Oskar Filla, Vít Skála, Jan Trampota a others. Contact: phone 494 594 168, e-mail email@example.com .
The Fire-Fighters Museum in Žamberk
The exposition presents fire-fighters´ technique and their outfit from 1820 till the present day.
Opened upon prior agreement by phone.
Orlická kasárna, 564 01 Žamberk, phone: 603 309 331
The Municipal Museum in Žamberk
A visit to the permanent exhibition by groups of 15 - 25 persons lasts approx. 60 mins, the exposition is suitable also for families with children, who are likely to be amused by moving nativity scenes, puppet theatres and automatophones. Persons concerned can visit a nearby ohel and its expositions devoted to the Jewish community. The permanent exposition describes the town history and development of traditional folk and art handicrafts.
The municipal museum participates in the municipal cultural activities and pays its attention to personalities who had eminent merits in the edification of the local community. The museum also organizes fine-arts exhibitions and thematic exhibitions of various collections.
Opened: May – October: Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Weekends: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Contact: phone: 465 611 678, 603 534 574,
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The Native House of Prokop Diviš
The exposition is devoted to Prokop Diviš, who was an inventor of the earth-connected lightning conductor. A small room in an old timber cottage evokes the times when Diviš was born in Žamberk. Another part documents important moments in Diviš´ life and his career as a scholar and priest.
Opened: May – September, Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 11.00 a.m., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Weekends 10 a.m. - 11.00 a.m., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Contact: Jitka Bodnárová, phone: 608 427 064, 776 123 452,
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The Na Sboru House in Kunvald
One of Czechia´s memorable places where the first community of the Unity of Brethren was founded in 1457. It offers an exposition on the establishment and history of the Unity.
Opened: July and August - Tuesday till Sunday from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. – permanent guide service in the house.
May, June and September - Tuesday till Sunday from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. – upon request to the custodian of the house (Mr and Mrs Šrefl at Nr 4 opposite the house across the road), in other months upon agreement with the custodian of the house or with the municipal office in Kunvald.
Contact: The Township of Kunvald, 561 81 Kunvald 40, www.kunvald.info