Antonín Dvořák Birth House

The Baroque birth house of celebrated Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, adjacent to Nelahozeves Castle, is a very significant destination for music lovers worldwide. In 2019, the non-profit organization Lobkowicz Collections, o.p.s., reclaimed management of the building and will transform this important landmark into an international musical destination.

Our gratitude goes to the town of Nelahozeves, the Central Bohemian Region, and distinguished luminaries from abroad, such as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, famed soprano Renée Fleming, and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, for their enthusiastic support of this project.

Museum

With an informative exhibition of historical objects and creative displays, the future museum will explore the sights and sounds of Dvořák’s rural childhood, enhanced by interactive, audio-visual technology. This immersive experience will give visitors of all ages and backgrounds insight into Dvořák’s extraordinary journey from humble origins in Nelahozeves to world-famous composer.

Education, Community Programs, Enhanced Public Spaces  

This national landmark will be a center for education, inspiring and nurturing young musical talent with dedicated practice and performance spaces, courses, and workshops. Diverse outreach programs will offer new ways to appreciate and engage with Dvořák’s life and music. New landscaping, improved infrastructure, and sustainable environmental development in the Town Square will provide a revitalized setting to host public concerts, events, and activities. The annual Dvořák Nelahozeves Festival, which takes place at Nelahozeves Castle, the Birth House, and around the Town Square every September, will also continue its longstanding tradition. 

Fundraising Campaign

Our hope is to build a musical landmark that will inspire future generations and honor Dvořák’s legacy that has been instrumental in introducing the rest of the world to the Czech Republic’s rich cultural heritage.

We are actively seeking funding to open the museum to the general public by Fall 2024. If you are interested in this project and wish to support our efforts to transform the Antonín Dvořák Birth House into an exceptional cultural destination, please contact:

Barbara Starostová 

Director of Partnership & Fundraising
Lobkowicz Collections, o.p.s.
barbara.starostova@lobkowicz.cz  

Ieva Smidt 

Development Manager  
Friends of the Lobkowicz Collections
ieva.smidt@lobkowicz.cz 

The present-day Antonín Dvořák Birth House in Nelahozeves.
Illustration of new entrance to the Antonín Dvořák Birth House, Wright & Wright Architects, 2021.

The National Museum – Czech Museum of Music is a partner of the new exhibition in the Antonín Dvořák Birth House in Nelahozeves