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Museum of Romani Culture

In this Romani neighborhood lies a museum dedicated to the culture and history of the Roma. 

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A short walk from the center of Brno you’ll find this building housing thousands of years of history of the Roma and their culture. Founded in 1991 following a period of freedom after the Velvet Revolution, this museum was the brainchild of Czech Roma intellectuals led by Jana Horváthová.

The museum documents the culture of the Roma and Sinti as well as many different Roma sub-ethnic groups and communities. Its collection houses 28,000 different items ranging from arts and handicrafts to types of dwellings to photos and videos and everything in between. Its permanent exhibition, the Story of the Roma, details the history of the Roma. Take a walk through time from their origins in India, through their migration to Europe, to the Second World War and the Romani genocide, and into the post-war era and modern-day treatment of Roma by the public and media. Temporary exhibitions can also be found at the museum, often showcasing Romani artists and other aspects of Roma history and culture.

Aside from housing exhibitions, this museum is a center for Roma research in Central Europe. The public can choose to view over 11,000 items in its collection in Czech, Roma, and other world languages. Additionally, since 2018, the museum has been the administrator for the memorials to victims of the Romani genocide in the Lety u Písek (Bohemia) and Hodonín u Kunštát (Moravia) concentration camps.

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