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The Monarchy

The Monarchy exhibition series was ended. Do not miss the exhibitions from a new exhibition series called Money. More info on 

Main exhibition from the Monarchy exhibition series.

13. 12. 2012–29. 9. 2013 / Location: National Museum’s new building, Vinohradská 1, 110 00, Praha 1

The epoch demarked by the coronation of Franz Joseph I. from one side and, from the other side, by the end of the reign of his successor is a  time of turbulent economic, social and political changes. The period is also framed by the revolution on one side and the end of World War I. on the other side. In this period, the industrialization and urbanization changed not only the face of Bohemia, but also the whole Europe.

Humanist faith in the progress of the human spirit was united with the  belief in beneficial and liberating technological development. This belief seemed to be supported by all-society changes – after all, within less than sixty years following after the time when the majority of the population still lived in servitude (before September 7, 1848), Francis Joseph I. adopted (on January 1, 1907) four electoral acts, which, inter alia, introduced universal, equal, secret and direct suffrage for men above 24 years of age.

The main objective of the  exhibition “Monarchy” is to introduce to visitors the period in our history which showed significant traces of tradition, which, however, did not prevent the turbulent modernization process of the whole society. During the second half of the nineteenth century, the territory of the Czech lands faced changes that seemed to be the opposite of conservative values; nevertheless they brought development of the whole state and society in a number of sectors such as industry, science, culture and others. At the same time, the process of formation of the  modern Czech society, which at that time was reaching the peak of its cultural and national emancipation, was completed – and all that was happening within the boundaries of the traditional Habsburg monarchy.

Visitors to the exhibition will see unique objects associated with the Emperor and his family, for example a dress of Empress Sissi, or a pencil the  Emperor wrote with. Alike, the visitors will see many objects relating to the everyday life of the monarchy inhabitants. These objects will draw a visitor into a variety of contemporary social spheres. Thus the  visitors will have the opportunity to look at a historical post office or a modern kitchen. The exhibition will bring them to a railway station, to a village, but also to a castle or a factory. Last but not least, the exhibition will present the period of 1848 – 1918 not only as a time of a great political and economic transformation, but it will also enable its visitors to look into the private world of our great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers.

Along with the extension of the exhibition (till 11 August, 2013) there will be a replacement of some of the exhibits. Visitors can see for example the dress of Empress Sissi or uniform of Emperor Franz Joseph I. only till 30 June. 

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