Antonín Dvořák Birth House
The handsome Baroque birth house of world-renowned composer Antonín Dvořák was returned operationally to the Lobkowicz family in May 2019 after years of being operated by the National Museum. The house is located in the town square adjacent to the castle. The plans are to bring the house back to life with a new museum about the composer. The project will involve experts in museum design and the life & times of Antonín Dvořák.
The renowned Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) was born in the village of Nelahozeves. Son of the local butcher, the young Dvořák grew up above a tavern opposite the butcher’s shop, listening to the noise of revelry mingle with the sounds of the River Vltava and the steam train passing through the village on its way to Prague. Just opposite his home is the church of St. Andrew, the site of his first public performance on the violin. Dvořák’s music, which later captured the spirit of the 'New World' in his 9th Symphony, was deeply rooted in his Bohemian homeland.
The Antonín Dvořák Birth House is an important destination for lovers of Dvořák’s music worldwide. A new museum on the ground floor will explore the evolution of the young composer and especially the environment that influenced his early music development. The exhibitions will emphasize interactive and experiential displays, encouraging visitors of all ages to participate and engage with music-making. There will also be a ‘musical’ playground outside on the village green, situated near the Antonín Dvořák monument.