East Bohemian Museum

Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

The East Bohemian Museum was designed by Jan Kotěra, a prominent Czech architect in 1909-1912. Kotěra's initial design, presented in 1907, was criticized for its exaggerated decoration and luxurious design. Moreover, the city did not have sufficient funds for such a grandiose design. Consequently, Kotěra created a new design that was finished in 1908.

The museum is modeled on a classic temple. As far as the decoration is concerned, the entrance is decorated by two sculptures next to the entrance door. These female figures are said to be an allegory of History and Industry. These two are accompanied by a third figure made from bronze. This one is supposed to be a young František Ulrich who became a mayor of Hradec Králové at the age of 36. Although he was young, people hoped that he would lead the city to progress.

Kotěra also designed the interior of the museum as well. Visitors can see furniture in the director’s office, a library, seats made by Thonet Company and wood linings in the lecture hall, lighting and a fountain in front of the main entrance to the museum. The museum interiors are designed in the functionalist style.

The building of the East Bohemia Museum was awaited with mixed feeling of the whole public. Kotěra was known as a young and progressive architect and he confirmed this statement in his works. The asymmetrical design of the building was rejected by Kotěra's teacher, Otto Wagner, but Kotěra prevailed.

In 1995 the building was declared as a national cultural monument and was extensively reconstructed in 1999-2002.



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Founded: 1909-1912
Category: Museums in Czech Republic

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Adrian Jaskulski (29 days ago)
Wonderful building, very nice and helpful staff, the permanent exhibition about the history of the city is the best introduction to it
Gijs Hogeboom (3 months ago)
Quite extensive exhibition of this towns history. All displayboards are in Czech, but there is an English audioguide available with enjoyable storytelling. All around, it took me about 3 hours to completd all exhibits
John Kemp (4 months ago)
beautiful region and historical museum. exceptionally well cared for and beautifully decorated. some monumental works by the Czech painter Preisler. impressive historical model of the city and surroundings. friendly staff on all fronts. also attractive for children. Free admission for seniors.
Theran Pather (12 months ago)
Great museum in the town about its history. Be sure to request an English audio tour from the front desk if you don't speak Czech. The exhibits are very interesting, and anyone who enjoys history will certainly enjoy this museum
Jakub Szwed (2 years ago)
Interesting and creative main exhibition (no polish audioguide unfortunately). Fun exhibition with theatre puppets.
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