Museum of Romani Culture, Brno
(4.2/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
The Museum of Romani Culture is an institution dedicated to the history and culture of the Romani people . It is situated in Brno, Czech Republic.HistoryThe Museum was founded in 1991 by members of the Czech Romani intelligentsia, led by Jana Horváthová, in the period of freedom which followed the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. During its early years, its location moved from one place to another and the institution struggled with financial problems. In December 2000, it moved to its present building on Bratislavská Street in Brno, which is the centre of the local Romani community. The museum is now financed from the state budget.On December 1, 2005, the first permanent exhibition was opened.ExhibitionsThe permanent exhibition covers 6 rooms with an area of 326 m². It is dedicated to the life, culture, and important events of the Romanis during their migration from India until the present day, with emphasis on the situation in Czech lands during the period 1945–1989.Temporary exhibitions, mostly art and photography, are created from time to time.In addition to the exhibitions, the museum is also a place of Romani research in Central Europe. With a public library, students and other interested people have a chance to select from more than 3,000 publications (books, magazines, CDs). The museum organizes lectures, concerts, panel debates and Romany language courses for the public and professionals. In the afternoon the club is opened for Romani children from the neighbourhood.
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  • This museum was the highlight of our stay in Brno. Very well-done exhibition about Roma history. The text was in Czech, but we got an excellent audio guide in English. Even the temporary exhibition about Roma jewelry was very good. We believe that this is the world's best museum on Roma history and culture.
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  • I am so glad I visited the Museum. I thought I knew about the Romani culture, but touring the Museum made me realize that my knowledge was skewed. It was wonderful knowing the facts about the Romani p...  more »
  • Do you know any lady that does not like gold, silver and beautiful things decorating wrists, fingers, neck, hair, ears, just any part of her body? I am one of the fans of jewelry made of anything, eve...  more »
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  • I have never had to walk through so much human excrement on the street in my life to get to a museum. They wouldn't let me in with my professional camera. So I have no clue what's in the museum; just that people who live around it literally poop in the streets.
  • I have never written a review before, but I was so angered by the 1 star reviews. If you translate them you will discover that they are full of the racism that the Romanies have suffered for centuries and continue to experience to this day. The museum is a positive response to the racists. The museum is lovely and should be visited by more people. The friendly lady at the museum was delighted to have a visit from this British couple and showed us round. Warning - one room is devoted to the "devouring", the romani word for the Nazi holocaust, as the Romanies were sent to the gas chambers along with the Jews, but we seldom hear about that.
  • Am limited to video clips of the museum but would want to see it "live" as the artifects are well displayed in very good order, every society wants to celebrate its life and culture and this displa ys "showcases" a living history of many hundreds of years, authentic, and presented with imagion and flair and hope many tourists discover this museum first hand and delight seeing it.
  • A small and creative museum, we really enjoyed our visit and found it very informative; we were very grateful to the helpful woman who showed us around and was happy to answer our questions. Highly recommended.
  • This is the only museum on Romani culture in Europe (probably even worldwide). We found that surprising given that the Romani with 12 million people are the biggest minority in Europe. It is a small museum with very friendly staff. When we went there was also an excellent art exhibition with paintings of Romani people by Mila Dolezelova. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend going!