A new archaeological exhibition is being created in the Central Bohemian Museum in Roztoky u Prahy

The new interactive exhibition conceptually follows on from the original exhibition “Journey through Prehistoric Times”, which was destroyed by the 2002 flood. The exhibition is a kind of excursion through the history of the ages, where the visitors are drawn into the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, learn about the exhibits of the Iron Age, find themselves in the Roman era and travel further to the early Middle Ages. 

The first idea to build a new archaeological interactive exhibition appeared not long after, when our original exhibition (Journey through Prehistoric Times to the Czech State), located on the castle ground floor, was destroyed by the devastating flood in 2002. Its restoration therefore immediately became a hot topic for our museum, and it is almost symbolic that the opening of the new exhibition, called In the Footsteps of the Ages, will take place 20 years later. So it was a long journey, although viewed through the lens of prehistoric times, it was essentially just the blink of an eye.

However, the new exhibition found a new place, not just a new time. The original barn replaced the castle; with its height, it allowed us to divide the exhibition into two separate, but visually connected units. On the ground floor, several types of dwellings from different prehistoric periods, production and burial units are built on a 1:1 scale, all supplemented by computer perspectives and holographic projections. Collection items are rearranged on the walkway gallery, supplemented by models of graves, including video mapping for selected presentations. The installation is complemented by info kiosks with an expanded information base, a playful line for children, a children’s corner and a relaxation zone. The exhibition will therefore offer the visitor a combination of state-of-the-art technology with a high-quality educational and presentation standard. The fact that our ancestors at various stages of the development of our society are represented by well-known personalities is certainly of great interest and benefit. In the younger and late Stone Age, the visitors will meet Iva Pazderková, Anička Fialová or Dan Bárta. In the Bronze Age, they again become witness to the everyday life of Václav Noid Bárta and Lucie Šteflová, and will certainly fall under the spell of Petr Čtvrtníček’s business acumen. The final scene transports the viewer to the younger Roman era, to the story of the life and death of a Germanic aristocrat played by Kamila Janovičová. 

An interesting icing on the cake is certainly the fact that, in cooperation with the Czech Landscape organization, it was possible to create preparations of aurochs, i.e. animals whose appearance and body structure most closely correspond to those that made the hard work of our farmers from the late Stone Age so much easier while cultivating the land and earning a living.’

Jana Klementová
Deputy Director, head of the Department of Archaeology, curator
Central Bohemian Museum in Roztoky u Prahy

The project also included digitization of a unique bronze amphora, which was buried in the ground more than 2,800 years ago. You will learn how the digitization took place and much more in the following video. 

The opening ceremony of the exhibition and its launch are planned at April 22, 2022.

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