U Muzea 398/4, 466 01 Jablonec nad Nisou
+420 483 369 011
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00am - 05.00pm
from Monday 27 June daily / 10.00am - 06.00pm
The Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou is one of a kind in the Czech Republic and the world. It offers the largest collection of jewellery in the world and the biggest exposition of glass in the country. There is no other place where you could find such a representation of jewellery in a wide range of technologies and assortment.
The central building of the museum was built in 1904 in Art Nouveau style for the export company Zimmer & Schmidt, and it is a part of cultural heritage. In other building, the first museum exposition opened the same year. At that time, it was an institution of applied arts. Since 2003, the museum has been a state institution maintaining a collection of 12 million objects. The best ones are displayed in permanent or temporary exhibitions.
Since 1964, the museum has been operating the last preserved building, from the second half of the 18th century, of once known glass settlement in Kristianov, the centre of the Jizera Mountains. In the summer season, you can find there a permanent exposition dedicated to the settlement and the possibility of pleasant rest and refreshment. Every year, on the first Saturday in September, the Glass festival takes place here.
In the permanent exposition called “the Never-ending Story of Imitation Jewellery”, you can see, apart from the jewellery, also buttons, coins, medals, author´s jewel, or historic jewellery, switches and clothing accessories from the unique Waldes collection. “The Magic Garden - Seven Hundred Years of Czech Glass” describes the journey of glass from an anonymous cup to copyright artworks, including attractive glass awards and trophies from famous competitions and polls, for example, STAR DANCE, Zlaty Slavik or TOUR de FRANCE. They also offer topical exhibitions, professional library, museum programs and creative workshops.
In 2020, an architecturally extraordinary glass extension was completed in the form of a giant cut glass crystal, which is also a new landmark of Jablonec. A part of the largest collection of Christmas decorations in the world, which the museum preserves, will appear in the untraditionally designed exhibition hall. The World of Wonders (WOW) exhibition, designed by one of the most respected Czech designers, Jakub Berdych Jr., will be located here. The concept is based on the fact that Christmas decorations from Bohemia traveled mainly overseas. That's why you will find showcases reminiscent of Manhattan or an ocean liner in the exhibition.