The Neo-Renaissance stately residence at Vysoká u Příbrami, with its vast park, the nearby Rusalka´s Lake, the Villa Rusalka, and the scenic surrounding countryside, all served as sources of inspiration for the composer Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904), during more than two decades in his creative life.

The grounds of the Vysoká Mansion near the town of Příbram, built in 1878 by Dvořák´s brother-in-law, Count Václav Kounic (designed by Architect Čeněk Gregor), serves as a museum open to the general public all year round. The site´s current permanent exhibition, dating from 1994, documents the life and times of the estate´s original proprietors, the Kounics; plus, in its more extensive section, informs about the life and work of Antonín Dvořák, and his visits to Vysoká. The premises include a music lounge and a library. Short-term exhibitions are housed in the newly opened Václav Kounic Gallery. The Dvořák Memorial reached the final of the 1997 edition of the European Museum of the Year Award, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In 2009, the compound of sites at Vysoká u Příbrami associated with Dvořák´s visits and with his internationally celebrated compositional output, was accorded the European Heritage Label.

Vysoká u Příbrami, a small community located in the middle of scenic wooded countryside within a stone´s throw from the Brdy hills, was for over two decades a home away from home to one of the foremost protagonists of Czech music, the composer Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904).

In 1878, Dvořák´s brother-in-law, Count Dr Václav Kounic, the proprietor of the estate of Vysoká, had a mansion built at the edge of the wood, set in the middle of a large park adorned by small lakes, today serving as the Antonín Dvořák Memorial. The composer would regularly come here to visit the Kounic family, staying at the steward´s lodge adjacent to the deer-park. In 1884, following his triumphant reception in England, the composer purchased from his brother-in-law a plot of land with an old granary which was then promptly converted to a comfortable country home (the Villa Rusalka). There, Dvořák spent a good deal of time indulging in his favourite pastimes of gardening and pigeon breeding, as well as, naturally enough, composing.

The local colour of Vysoká and its environs thus became inseparably linked with the mature period of Dvořák´s career, a stage during which he reached the peak of his compositional mastery. From the Quartet Movement in F major of October 1881, through the opera, Armida, of July 1903, he composed, began or finished over thirty new works here, apart from revising and/or reworking many earlier compositions. His major works whose genesis is associated with this place thus include the operas, Dimitrij; The Jacobin; Kate and the Devil; Rusalka; and Armida; plus the oratorio, Saint Ludmila; the cantata, The Spectre´s Bride; Requiem; Symphonies Nos. 7 in D minor and 8 in G major; the second set of Slavonic Dances; the overtures, My Home; Amid Nature; and Carnival; Humoresque; and the symphonic poems, The Water Sprite; The Noonday Witch; The Golden Spinning Wheel; Heroic Song, and others.

Indeed, Vysoká was a place which immensely boosted Dvořák´s creative potential. The composer himself wrote in his letters to friends: "I feel so happy here..."


The first permanent exhibition, on a comparatively small-scale still, was open to the public as early as 1963. Owing to the mansion´s general reconstruction and subsequent extensive overhaul of the adjoining park (approx. 16 acres), the memorial was closed to visitors between 1990 and 1993. Since May 1994 it has again served as a museum open to the general public, newly offering access to all of the mansion´s three floors. For short-term exhibitions, the mansion´s basement was substantially refurbished, making possible the opening there, in May 2001, of the Václav Kounic Gallery.

The permanent exhibition´s front section contains information about the estate´s original owners, Count Václav Robert Kounic and his wife, Josefina (née Čermáková), a prominent Prague stage actress. The following section, considerably larger-scale, devoted to Antonín Dvořák, informs about the composer´s life and work, with special emphasis on his association with Vysoká. The display´s current, radically streamlined and updated concept and design reflect the impact of this locality and its surrounding countryside on Dvořák´s inspiration and work. Scale models of stage sets of the premieres of select operas, and period costumes of the principal characters from the opera, Rusalka, make up the final section of the permanent exhibition.

The tour of the exhibition includes a guided part in the display´s introductory section; the Dvořák exhibit and the Memorial´s interior are open to individual visitors, with background music as the sole accompanying element. The guided tour comprises the projection of the musical documentary Dvořák at Vysoká. Beyond this continual music production, the Memorial´s finely stocked music library and listening-room are ready to meet individual visitors´ requests encompassing over 80 recordings of Dvořák works.


Open:

January, February, March, November, December Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
April, May, June, September, October Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
July, August Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Visits outside the above-listed days and hours must be arranged by appointment in advance.

Closing days:

Every Monday
23rd - 31st December, 1st January

Free admission:

April 18 – International Day for Monuments and Sites
May 18 - International Museum Day
June - Museum Night
October 28 – Central Bohemia Day

Admission fees:

50,- CZK
100,- CZK - outsider mening hours

Children up to six years of age, free admission

Otherwise, free admission for members of ICOM and AMG



Exhibitions

Exhibition extended till March 31, 2015
further information »

Manor park

Rusalka's pool

site believed to have been a source of Dvořák´s inspiration for his best-known opera

Villa Rusalka

in the eastern part of the village; originally a sheepcote, converted by Dvořák in 1884 to residence with a garden, currently property of the composer´s heirs.

Třebsko, church

1.5 mile from Vysoká, venue of the wedding of Count V. Kounic and the actress Josefina Čermáková (1877), frequent destination of Dvořák´s country hikes; he donated organ for the church.

Příbram, Svatá Hora/Sacred Mount

Marian site of pilgrimage with Baroque architecture; one of the local sources of Dvořák´s inspiration.

Památník Antonína Dvořáka
Vysoká u Příbrami 69
262 42 p.Rožmitál p.Tř.
tel./fax: +420 318 618 115
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Jarmila Obermayerová - director
tel./fax: +420 318 618115
e-mail: dir.pamatnik@antonindvorak.cz

MAPA

38 miles south of Prague
(route to Strakonice - Příbram - Rožmitál pod Třemšínem)

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Regional Authority of Central Bohemia
The Antonín Dvořák Memorial at Vysoká u Příbrami is an allowance organization within the jurisdiction of the Regional Authority of Central Bohemia.

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