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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Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou


U Muzea 398/4, 466 01 Jablonec nad Nisou
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+420 483 369 011


Opening hours


Tuesday - Sunday 10.00am - 05.00pm

On days 1-2 January and 16-21 January 2024, the museum will be CLOSED to the public for technical reasons.

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.