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Exhibitions - February 2017

The Klementinum Serves Readers for 240 Years
February 9 – 11, 2017


The National Library of the Czech Republic organises the exhibition Maria Theresa Did It Well on the occasion of the 240th anniversary of opening the library to the public. Visitors have the opportunity to look at  the originals of documents, for instance the notice of Joseph II and Maria Theresa on the establishment of the public library (from February 7, 1777) or the regulations for the reading room visitors dated of November 1785.
At the instigation of Franz Joseph Count Kinsky, Empress Maria Theresa issued a decree on February 6th, 1777, by which she officially confirmed the establishment of the new public Imperial-Royal University Library, formed by four large library wholes and based at the Klementinum. As soon as in autumn 1777, it is four years after Pope dissolved the Jesuit Order, the library began to serve first public readers.
„We have prepared the exhibition to commemorate a significant act, by which the Klementinum library collections were made available to the general public, not only to the members of the Society of Jesus and university students,“ says Petr Kroupa, general director of the National Library of the CR.
Apart from the original notice on the establishment of the public library mentioned above, the display also presents a plan of the Klementinum groundfloor from the 2nd half of the 18th century, the notice of the then library director informing about opening the library to the public, opening hours of two reading rooms and other documents related to the opening of the public library.

Mirror Chapel, Klementinum, entrance from Marian Square, Praha 1
February 9 – 11, 2017, 10 am – 6 pm
Admission free

The Bulgarian Czechs
January 19 - February 25, 2017

Photogallery - Opening ceremony

A panel exhibition has been organised in association with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Cultural Institute. It documents fates of many Czechs, who left for just liberated Bulgaria in 1878 to help with its development and establishment. They were engaged in almost all spheres of industry, and public and cultural life as well. Up to the present, they have been closely related to the history of Bulgaria. Many of them adopted this country as their second homeland and stayed there for ever.  The display is focused on twenty best known Bulgarian Czechs. It was created as a project of the Bulgarian Press Agency  and the State Archives, Ivo Chadžimišev being its curator.

Exhibition corridor, ground floor
Monday to Saturday:  9 am – 7 pm

Admission 10 CZK (the NL readers free)

Feb 09, 2017
Opening hours and entrance fee

Exhibitions in the NL
Monday - Saturday 9 am - 7 pm
Admission 10 CZK, the NL readers free

The Klementinum Gallery - Exhibition Hall
(entrance from Marianské Sq., entrance B2)
Tue-Sun 10.30 am - 6 pm
Fee: mentioned by the exhibitions


National Library of the CR
Exhibitions department
Klementinum 190
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic
Telephone: +420-221663332

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