The Bishop’s Courtyard

The heteregeneous complex of buildings on three sides of a park-like courtyard is situated in the historical part of Brno, below the St.Peter-and-Paul Cathedral. The originally Gothic provost's residence of Brno Chapter was bougth byl Olomouc bishop Stanislav Pavlovský in 1588 (that is why the name "Bishop's Court") and substantially modified for the new owner by the Italian architect Antonio Gabri. The rebuilding after 1600 was accomplished by the successor of the bishop Pavlovský, cardinal František von Dietrichstein. From the oldest stage only the prismatic tower and the building with partly visible brickwork and narrow pointed and rectangular windows remain. The later Gothic chapel on the second floor shows on its walls scenes from the life of the Saints. The Renaissance stage is represented by an arcade and an arcade loggia. The Moravian Museum got its first seat in the Bishop's Court in 1818, one year after its foundation. For its needs, d'Elvert's wing with a portal balcony was built in 1880s; the balcony originates from the demolished Mitrovský palace on the Square of the Liberty. The sculptural group from the Mercure fountain by Ignác Bendl was transferred into the middle of the Bishop's Court from the Square of the Liberty in 1858. The following profound reconstruction completed in 1963 have not substantially changed the face of the Bishop's Court.

Muzejni Street 1, Brno,
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Soubrettes and Heroines
The exhibition presents important as well as long forgotten actresses who not only set the social and moral codex of their time (late 19th and first half of the 20th century) but also significantly influenced fashion trends. The core of the exhibition consists in reproductions of photographs from the collection of the department of history of theatre / Moravian Museum that are complemented with theatre costumes, costume design, props, period accessories and further exhibits documenting the extent of artistic performances of the given ladies in the stylized salon interior. The objective of the exhibition is to remind of the aesthetics of the given period, to show the charm and appeal of theatre photographs and to widen the knowledge of the often forgotten Czech divas.
From June 29, 2011 to December 31, 2011


  1. History of Money in Moravia - the numismatic exhibition explains in a complex overview the function of money in the life of the society including their impact on economical, social and cultural development from prehistoric times to nowadays. Beginning by the non-coin period, when metals became a common mean of exchange, documents the evolution of currencies from middle ages in their various forms and origins of paper money. The most attended part of the exhibition is the installation of the Svitavy silver coins depot. Photo from exhibition
    Guide services: +420 533 435 209. [Numismatic department]

  2. Moravian Fauna - are you interested in nature, do you like animals, do you want to learn more about them? Our exhibition will satisfy all you wishes giving not only a general overview, but focusing on particular issues as biotops, the natural environment of the animals, endangered species etc. And even more, you can hear the voices of birds and you can see living fishes in three large aquariums.
    Educational programmes: Our Forest Animals, Our Birds, Environment. Photo from exhibition
    Guide services: +420 533 435 236. [Department of zoology]

Mushroom Consultation Centre (Mr. Vladimir Antonin)

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