Museum of Romani Culture

Museum of Romani Culture, Brno: Hours, Address, Museum of Romani Culture Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Romani Culture
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Ágnes K
Budapest, Hungary164 contributions
Important museum, although not the best presented
Feb 2020 • Solo
I learned a lot from both the permanent (history of the Romani people) and the temporary (Romani music) exhibition. They are a little bit exoticizing and othering the Roma, but I see that this is hard to avoid when wanting to present a diverse culture to potentially ignorant outsiders like myself. We come with too little background knowledge. A more practical and maybe bigger problem is that the museum is overwhelming, hard to take in because of too many objects and too much text crowded in a small space with poor lighting. With the written English guide it is very hard to follow the permanent exhibition, which description belongs where (maybe I should have chosen the audio guide), but it seems that the Czech inscriptions are also so many and crowded on so small surfaces that it seems hard to take in even if you read Czech.
Written February 28, 2020
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timystic
Edinburgh, UK9 contributions
Eye-opening experience
Oct 2019
I spent a few days with a friend living right next to the Museum so decided to visit.

It was an eye-opening experience into the history of the Roma peoples, and their experience, culture and oppressions under various Czech governments. I appreciated the resilience of the Roma peoples in spending centuries travelling across Europe, the beautiful connections of their crafts and music and dance - and their fall out with the Catholic Church for simply believing in a different form of Christianity (which ultimately caused the worst oppressions in Europe). Up until relatively recently - the Roma holocaust and the forced assimilation under Soviet/Communist rule. Considering I saw racism against the Roma in Brno myself, this context was really important.

If you are passing through Brno or visiting, please visit. It should take you about 2 hours to go through the whole thing (There is an audio guide in English but you can also pick up a book at the front of the exhibit which has the same descriptions).
Written October 19, 2019
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Rosa
Slough, UK6 contributions
Best thing we did in Brno!
Jul 2019 • Couples
We were staying round the corner from their museum so we thought we'd check it out. There wasn't much information about the museum on any of the tourist maps we picked up, but I would really recommend anyone visiting Brno to take a short walk from the centre of the city to visit this fascinating museum.

The entrance fee was cheap and we were also given an English audio guide which talked us through the exhibits which are written in Czech. The guide was very informative and complimented the displays beautifully. The museum itself is visually exciting with lots to see about Romani culture. The museum takes you through Roma history with sections on language, music, persecution of Romani people in different parts of the world and throughout history, including a section dedicated to Roma victims of the Holocaust, and finally displays about Roma culture today. We read in another review that visiting the museum would take 2 hours which we thought was unlikely. However, we happily spent around 2.5 hours listening to the audio guide and exploring the exhibits without losing interest.

Overall, a fascinating insight into a community which still faces prejudice and discrimination today. An important and interesting museum for anyone wanting to learn more about Romani communities. We enjoyed this visit more than any of the other more popular tourist sites during our stay in Brno.
Written August 2, 2019
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UGM_BRNO
Brno, Czech Republic3,094 contributions
Museum night to be enjoyed in this place vibrating with music
May 2019 • Friends
I am a true fan of museums and all Musae (art generally) as well. That is why I invited my friends to the Museum of Romani Culture during the Museum night. Ladies in the traditional costumes welcomed us and we studied the roots of this ethnic group inside the permanent exhibition and the music they interpret throughout the ages. Outside the museum there was a concert so anyone could be the witness that the music is the most universal language to be spoken and understood. I am very proud this very museum is located in Brno.
Written May 26, 2019
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Lara T
Australia26 contributions
History of Romani
Apr 2019 • Solo
It was a thorough history of how these people ended up in Europe and the prejudice they have continual faced by various countries. Numerous photos and artifacts from various points in history. Also a video with survivors of the Nazi occupation telling their stories.
I was supplied with an audio recording in English to narrate the many displays. Very interesting museum.
Written April 10, 2019
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Master Jonjon
London, UK274 contributions
Lessons packed in one
Dec 2018 • Solo
As convenient ‘outsiders’ to blame problem X and disguise policy Y. A visit to which pushes films towards unexpected directions through a revelation of arcane knowledge, fixes plot holes, or simply strikes up a character-building conversation concerning science vs. mysticism.

And these are the ‘Gypsies’ (i.e. Egyptians, as what Europeans thought they were), or ‘Romani’ for a more respectable term. A museum on the Romani is a theme so rare that you’ll hardly come across one throughout any of your trips to Europe. And here we’re set in their shoes starting with a migration from India to Asia Minor 300-1000 A.D., followed by spreading across Europe for another couple of hundred years.

As you start your visit on the first floor: remember to stop right away! For to your left is an English booklet explaining every part of the hall. It’s numbered so you’ll see the matching Czech texts on the walls, assuring you that you haven’t missed much (except for the exhibits’ captions). As the Romani entered Europe, they started to disguise as pilgrims from Egypt – which helped with the sympathizing. But then every time we see records of the group, it is when trouble has stroke for for a long time they have never written down their history and the only sources we get to read are thus from the 'local' European communities. Instead, their rich history has been passed down the generations orally, and from both we could thus reconstruct what has happened throughout this diversifying and mysterious community.

The Romani are service-providers. They are skilled craftsmen and workers – enslaved by the Turkish Empire because of their great skills – as well as musicians and caterers and event organizers for things such as funerals.

The third floor has a few doctors’ offices. Unless this is also a hospital, the curation seems to be accompanied by ongoing research.

~master jonjon
Written February 9, 2019
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janetpackard
ulster county, ny299 contributions
Great museum!
Oct 2018 • Solo
Really great museum when it comes to understanding the history of the Romani people and the injustices directed at them. As other reviewers have noted, everyone should come here and learn. Unlike other reviewers, I did not have an opportunity to speak with any of the guides or other folk working there as there was a large school group going through during my visit. The audio guide was great - you should definitely get one. My only disappointment was that I had hoped to see more about issues still confronting the Romani, including how women are treated today. Still a highly recommended museum!
Written November 25, 2018
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Thank you very much for your review. We are happy that you have visited our museum.
Written November 27, 2018
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Katherine S
Ann Arbor, MI45 contributions
Wonderful Museum of Gypsy Culture
Aug 2018 • Solo
We went through the museum with an English-speaking guide who was able to answer our questions and share information about the displays (a lot of the text was in Czech and only Czech). I learned a lot.
Written August 12, 2018
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Thank you very much. We are very pleased that the visit was interesting for you.
Written August 13, 2018
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UGM_BRNO
Brno, Czech Republic3,094 contributions
Learning is no more a matter of school, ejoy the museum lessons!
May 2018 • Friends
It sounds like a fairy tale, but happens periodically - once a year at night the museum is full of visitors, full of music and there are guided tours and workshops too. Ladies wear lovely costumes and they navigate you throughout the museums. If you are hungry just taste what is prepared either in the café or in the tent on the yard. My favourite part of the museum is the history of the Romani people - the very first room using mirrors. I am sure you will see not only something new but also something very personal. Be brave and accept this engagging museum lesson.
Written May 20, 2018
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ruth c
oxford58 contributions
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
May 2018 • Couples
We had heard about the unique Museum of Romani Culture in Brno, but were unprepared for the originality of its presentation - a total immersion experience of sound and displays. Similarly, we hadn't expected such a depth of information, especially about the grim WWII era. The welcoming Staff made a fuss of us from the moment we walked through the door. We strongly urge anyone visiting Brno not to miss the Romani Culture Museum, if only to graphically experience the appalling history of the Romani position in the host society. Allow 2-3 hours.
Written May 14, 2018
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