Silesian Museum - The Historical Exhibition Building

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Silesian Museum - The Historical Exhibition Building

Silesian Museum - The Historical Exhibition Building
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DiscoverMoravia
Ostrava, Czech Republic53 contributions
Couples
The Hrabyně World War Two Museum was originally built by the Communists to commemorate the Red Army’s fight against Nazi Germany. If you are at all interested in the history of World War Two and grew up ‘in the West’, I strongly recommend museums like this. They give a side to the story which doesn’t get as much publicity as the Battle of Britain and D-Day.

Hrabyně is a hilltop village which was vital to the Red Army's Ostrava Operation - to capture the industrial heart of the city intact for post-war reconstruction.

As you walk around, models, dioramas and photographs tell the story of Czechoslovakia's war. From the chain of bunkers built to defend against the rise of Hitler’s Germany, the Munich Treaty which handed them intact to Hitler, the partisans’ war and finally the fight for Hrabyně itself.

The attention to detail is very good here. The walls are lined with information and video screens can be activated at the touch of a button to show newsreels and short documentaries. Unfortunately, most of this is only in Czech but even if you don’t speak the language, you can learn pretty much all it has to tell you from the pictures. There are a lot of before and after images of the village, showing just how much less there was after than before.

The route leads you through a mock up of a house, with scorched walls and shattered windows. The furniture is all authentic period pieces rescued from the ruins – a kitchen dresser smashed and scarred by a grenade, a child’s scooter somehow unscathed alongside a milk churn. On the stairs down to the cellar, a mother is huddled with her child and a small supply of food and water.

The limited interior space is used well. Turning from the walk-through ruins of the village, glass cases display weapons and uniforms used by the Russian and Independent Czechoslovak forces. Many of the objects on display were pulled from the rubble or stripped from crashed aircraft, adding to the general sense of waste and destruction which this museum puts across so well. By deliberate contrast, some objects are in excellent condition, such as the Russian sub machine gun displayed next to a civilian radio bearing the label ‘Remember, remember. Listening to foreign broadcasts is punishable by imprisonment or death.’

Overall, this museum left me with a better impression of the scale of the 'Eastern Front'. Around the outside of the museum in a sunken gallery, and not generally accessible, is the actual memorial. The names of 18000 Red Army and Independent Czechoslovak servicemen, along with some American aircrew, are inscribed on walls some 3 metres high.

There is another museum on this site which has temporary exhibits. At the time of writing, the exhibit was about Czechs in the First World War. Again, this was very different to the 'Western' perspective of this war.

One important thing to note is that you can only pay at the museum nearest the car-park. The fee (60 CZK for adults) covers both museums and you can buy a photography permit for 30 CZK which is very reasonable indeed.
Written August 12, 2014
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JonDoe04134
Umeå, Sweden4,125 contributions
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The Main Exhibition Building is divided into three parts - biology, Petr Bezruč and the Encyclopaedia of Silesia. All well presented, the last one most informative, although it was a huge pleasure to get to know some the poet's work too. The exhibitions are in Czech, but there are also guides available in English and Polish, I think German too. I would appreciate some more historical stuff, but I still liked it a lot.
Written November 13, 2017
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JiriEva
Opava, Czech Republic724 contributions
Family
The oldest and the third largest museum in Czechia. Do not miss the historic main Exhibition building (Vystavni budova) in Opava bulit in the neo-renaissance style which you find in the park Sady U Muzea. There are not only the permanent exhibitions of the natural and social history of the Czech Silesia (formerly Austrian Silesia), but also temporary exhibitions which alternate throughout the year and reflect e.g. interesting anniversaries. Especially children will appreciate all interactive parts. Lovers of literature will appreciate further exhibitions and actions in the building of Petr Bezruč's memorial, located in Ostrožná street. The other exhibitions are located out of the city and each of them is worth for a several hours visit. The arboretum and botanical garden in Nový Dvůr is 12 km away from the city center, the National memorial of the WW2 in Hrabyně then 14 km, the Area of Czechoslovak military fortifications in Hlučín-Darkovičky 27 km and the Petr Bezruč's Cottage in Ostravice even 69 km away. Please note that the address given here in Tripadvisor as Nádražní okruh 31 is just the address of the directorate of museums and no exhibitions are there.
Written October 1, 2016
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Adam_the_bookworm
Prague, Czech Republic84 contributions
Solo
Compare to many other museums in Czech this one has really well done exhibition! You can expect only the best museum experience;) lot of learning in fun way;)
Written March 4, 2016
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Dusan M
Brno, Czech Republic7 contributions
Family
New renovated museum, very nice....animals, history,...all from silesian, very small fee. Very good staff.
Written October 21, 2014
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Marek CZ
Brno, Czech Republic384 contributions
Family
One of the oldest traditional museum in Europe. This museum is after renovation. You can see all local important issues, nature, history and VIPs. Warmly recommended.
Written November 15, 2015
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