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A Message from the Family

Our family's return to Czechoslovakia after the 1989 Velvet Revolution was inspired by the seismic world events of that remarkable November. 

The call of our lost heritage was urgent and compelling, as was the chance to participate directly in the historic changes taking place in what has been our ancestral home for seven centuries. This was made possible by the passage of three national restitution laws under the inspired leadership of President Václav Havel soon after our return in 1990. Since that moment, we have been fully committed to our dual goals: to restore the family's cultural heritage through the restitution process (now complete) and to make the Lobkowicz Collections and properties available for public enjoyment and scholarly enrichment. 

The injustices endured by the confiscations under the Nazi and Communist regimes are behind us. Our family owes current and future generations our uncompromising efforts to carry out our mission. We have always characterized ourselves as managers and custodians of the Collections, establishing non-profit entities to enhance our efforts. As managers, we have created concepts, business plans, and organizational structures to establish physical and financial foundations for support. As custodians, we have developed programming and exhibitions, membership and friends' organizations to be our pillars of educational and cultural outreach. In the near future, we aim to establish the Dvořák House Museum & Music Academy and the Lobkowicz Library & Study Center at Nelahozeves Castle.  

We feel we have an unprecedented, historical opportunity. Rather than just preserving, we are actively transforming the Collections into an expanded, dynamic, and contextual cultural heritage. Through creative stewardship, spirited public-private partnerships, and visionary benefactors, we believe we can deliver a truly inspiring connection and lasting contribution to world culture and civil society. 

We encourage you to join us on this journey by supporting the initiatives, projects, and programs of the House of Lobkowicz.  

Alexandra and William Lobkowicz