Ostrava has arrived! The National Agricultural Museum will open on Friday. Free entry

The depository-exposition building of the National Agricultural Museum in Ostrava has grown into two original factory halls in Dolní Vítkovice. Back to the halls, life was breathed by the project of architect Josef Pleskot and engineer Milan Šraml, who connected the two halls with a generous installation and had a third hall erected in the gap between the halls, which imaginatively crowns the complex of buildings.

Reconstruction of the halls and construction of the museum has been going on since September 2018. “We are glad that the first state museum in Ostrava is the branch of the National Agricultural Museum. It may seem that the Moravian-Silesian Region does not have much in common with agriculture, but it was, and still is, an agriculturally productive region. And when it comes to iron and steel, they play an important role in the development of human civilization, including agriculture. That is why it was decided that a new branch of the National Agricultural Museum would be established here. The departmental money, together with European money, helped save the beautiful industrial monument intended for demolition, and the museum provided it with interesting and attractive content, ”says Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman.

See how the museum is ready to open

The Ostrava branch offers visitors study depositories of agricultural machinery, the exposition of the Food Depository and the continuously changing Gallery of Czech Food. In the future, the museum is also preparing a number of accompanying events and lecturer educational programs for schools. “I believe that our museum will find its regular visitors, not only those from the Ostrava region. I hope that we will also attract neighbors from Poland or visitors from the Czech Republic and that we will become a part of cultural life in Dolní Vítkovice, Ostrava and the Moravian-Silesian Region, “says Zdeněk Novák, General Director of the National Agricultural Museum.

Food depository

Food from all sides and in all senses – this is the Food Depository. On the way to the third hall, which rises more than 13 meters above the ground, visitors will find a 30-meter shelf with 30 themes, which tries to present food from various angles. Every one meter, it’s one theme, which is processed in an attractive graphic form.

The exhibition will introduce the most important things about food, their basic types, and outline current issues related to food issues. The installation is complemented by interactive exhibits, thanks to which food can be perceived by literally all the senses. The modular system allows the exposure to be supplemented, updated and changed.

Agriculture machinery

In the attractive area of ​​the original industrial halls, well-known and less well-known agricultural machines will be exhibited, representing a cross-section of the largest collection of agricultural machinery in the Czech Republic. Reconstructed industrial halls, which have retained their original character (railway tracks and bridge crane), serve as a backdrop for a minimalist presentation of a representative sample of the collection of agricultural machinery of the National Agricultural Museum.

More than forty machines of various origins and ages, well-known Czech brands and foreign machines are waiting here. From the point of view of the year of production, one can admire the technology from the end of the century of steam or the machines that came off the production line 50 years ago. Agricultural technology is divided into three basic thematic units – tractors, forage processing machines and cereal processing machines.

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Tour of the Radegast brewery - lookout towerSource: Radegast breweryOpening exhibition of 50 years of the Radegast brewery in Nošovice

On December 3, 2020, 50 years will pass since the start of operation of the Nošovice brewery, which together with the Most brewery (which was closed in 1998) is the only company of its kind built in Czechoslovakia during the socialist period. After the abolition of the brewery in Karviná, the question arose as to how hard-working employees in industry would be supplied with beer. The decision was made to build a new brewery in Nošovice and it is not without interest that the construction of the brewery and malt house was carried out by Vítkovické stavby, np A number of modern and unique technologies were used in the Nošovice brewery. These can also be seen at the exhibition together with various period objects, the timeline is supplemented by a thematic audiovisual component. Part of the exhibition is devoted to restaurants and pubs, the issue of beer glass, beer (beer labels) and other properties.

With the help of large-scale projections, visitors can look into selected production facilities since 1980 and get acquainted with the personalities of this brewery, recall old advertisements or the brewery’s activities at the time. “Radegast has been a pioneer of modern brewing since the beginning, but it was based on our traditional beer culture. The roots of our brewery are closely connected with the local region, so we take care of this interesting and unique part of our country and want to preserve its uniqueness. We care about the landscape and especially water resources, we support sustainable tourism, we help to reconstruct the local characteristic architecture or we participate in important cultural and social events that extend beyond our region “, says the director of the Radegast brewery Ivo Kaňák.

Tour of the Radegast brewerySource: Radegast breweryThe Nošovice brewery is also a popular tourist destination and is part of the Technotrasa project, which includes the most important monuments of the Moravian-Silesian region. Over the last 10 years, the Radegast brewery has invested tens of millions of crowns in water management projects, thanks to which it has reduced the consumption of water needed for beer production by 38%. Over the last 17 years, the Radegast brewery has supported dozens of projects contributing to the sustainable development of the Beskydy Mountains, environmental protection, especially water resources, or the development of local traditions in the amount of over 35 million crowns through the Radegast grant program. In 2020, the brewery opened a new can line and a central warehouse for 600 million crowns.

The exhibition was sponsored by the Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman, the Minister of Culture Lubomír Zaorálek, the Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region Ivo Vondrák and the Mayor of the Statutory City of Ostrava Tomáš Macura.

History of the museum building

Both halls were established in 1926 as part of the copper smelter of the Vítkovice industrial area. The northern hall served as a warehouse for bulk materials, and the southern, longer hall housed twelve huge concrete tubs for leaching fried kyz waste. The buildings received a direct hit during the bombing of Ostrava at the end of World War II, but war copper production was quickly resumed. An anti-aircraft shelter was also built next to the puddle. In the 1960s, the copper smelter ceased to fulfill its economic function within the Vítkovice industrial production and the complex was transformed for more current needs. The puddle becomes a veronikárna, a hall where veronics are repaired, mobile ferromanganese mixers. After the end of production in the Lower Area, the halls definitely become warehouses, which are later destined for demolition. Until now, the northern warehouse has always come to life once a year, when it became a Radegast Pub during the Colors of Ostrava festival.

The project Depository-Exhibition Building of the National Agricultural Museum in Ostrava, thanks to which a new branch was created and the conditions for preserving collection items improved, was funded by IROP and the Ministry of Agriculture, the founder of the National Agricultural Museum. EU financial support is provided for IROP projects. The Moravian-Silesian Region contributed financially to the operation of the museum.

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National Agricultural Museum is a state subsidized organization established by the Ministry of Agriculture. He deals mainly with agriculture, forestry, hunting, fishing, horticulture, food, processing of agricultural products, rural development and cultural landscape. In addition to the main exhibition building in Prague, the National Agricultural Museum also has four other branches – Čáslav, Kačina Chateau, Ohrada Chateau, Valtice. The Ostrava branch offers visitors study depositories of agricultural machinery, an interactive exposition Food Depository and a continuously changing and supplemented Gallery of Czech Food. The operation of the branch will begin with an exhibition of 50 years of the Radegast brewery in Nošovice. More on www.nzm.cz.

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