Precious stones from the Bohemian Paradise

The brothers Jan and Václav Fišers from Turnov. Their alleged voyage to Venice, five years of efforts to seize the local secret of secrecy, return to Turnov, dozens of wasted attempts and then - finally success! In 1711 they made the first glass for the production of artificial stones.


It was in 1712, when Elias Müller built his glassworks on the estate of the Harrach Counts in Jilemnice. It continued in the traditional production of glass, which was produced on the border of the Giant Mountains and the Jizera Mountains in the middle of the 14th century. Even today, you can see not only metallurgical production and blowing glass, but also a hundred-year-old grinding shop. It is driven by a water turbine and transmissions used to distribute the driving force.


Elias Palme, one of the most famous luminaire manufacturers, continued the tradition of chandeliers in Kamenický Šenov. Industrial production of chandeliers was started in 1724 by Josef Palme in Prácheň.


Surely you would not find in the whole Principle and in the broad surroundings of a person who would say a crooked word about Jan Šourek. After all, it was as if he had come to the Principle of Prosperity and Welfare. As soon as he took possession of the reeve, life in the village began to turn for the better. He was one of the first to venture into the world for business.


Josef Riedel, king of the Jizera Mountains glassmakers, was born in Hejnice in 1816. He was the representative of the sixth generation of the glass family and imprinted his footprint indelibly on the slopes of the Jizera Mountains.



Josef Pfeiffer - Jablonec entrepreneur and mayor, who was involved in the development of jewelery exports. Everything is confirmed at the imperial court and in 1866 Jablonec became a town during his reign.

BLOWN BEAD and its way to the tree

People can make sense of time and numbers, but not us, beads. However, I have heard that they have been blowing me in the mountains for more than a hundred years. As a bead would put it, that is a long time. You, who have never seen how a bead is born, you don´t know how beautiful life can be....


In 1920 the first Czech glass school was founded in Železný Brod, thanks to which the town became a center of glass art.


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Glass exhibition closed

From 1 February 2023, the glass exhibition (main building) is closed due to reconstruction. You can look forward to a new exhibition at the beginning of 2024.

The Museum in Zelezny Brod has, for more than 150 years, preserved and protected historic sights connected to the history of the town, its culture and daily life of its citizens. Glassmaking also belongs to the area of interest.

The exposition of glass is located in an architectonically unique building, former city savings bank from 1936. The display shows the history of glass production in Zelezny Brod from the mid-19th century to the present. There are examples of home processing of glass – the production of pressed and lamp beads, cutting and stringing. The next part represents the glass school in Zelezny Brod, the first Czech glass school founded in Zelezny Brod in 1920. It was the teachers and graduates of the school who were responsible for the specific artistic expression of art glass in Zelezny Brod. Their exceptional work from the '20s to '80s of the 20th century is a substantial part of the exposition. The exhibition also includes the famous glass figurines by Jaroslav Brychta. These figurines became one of the symbols of Zelezny Brod. Contemporary art and also unique technology of melted sculpture, born in Zelezny Brod, is represented by several art pieces by world-known artists Jaroslava Brychtová and Stanislav Libensky.