Exhibitions and collections
The tours of the castle consist: African and American Collections, Chapel of Saint Ann, Study, Men´s Bedroom, Smoking Lounge, Dining Hall, Representation Lounge, Game Room, Bathroom, Changing Room, Guest Rooms, Art Galleries, Library, Oriental Armoury, Hunting Hall, Knight Hall, Suite of Kinsky Family.
The indoor areas went through numerous changes over the centuries. Their design and equipment changed together with the taste and needs of users. Nevertheless, numerous well-designed indoor spaces have preserved at the Opočno chateau thus far.
The tours include: the ethnographic hall (African and Native American collections), chapel, study, men’s bedroom, smoking parlor, dining hall, representative hall, playroom, bathroom, dressing room, ladies’ bedroom, guestrooms, picture galleries, library, oriental armory, trophy hall and knight hall. Since 2012, also the Kinski apartment can be seen as a part of the whole tour. It consists of two rooms fitted according to old inventory lists, in the style of the first half of the 19th century, with a unique double-sided picture of Madonna by G. B. Chiari.
The collection making has had a tradition of more than 400 years in the Czech lands. The collections of Emperor Rudolph II were of global value. The golden era of the Czech collection making was the early 18th century; at that time, many aristocratic collections culminated. The revivalist movement and the Society of Patriotic Art Supporters, established in 1796, enabled to save the collection from being sold, at least to some extent.
The unique feature of Chateau Opočno is no doubt a vast collection of historical weapons and armor, one of the most important collection of this kind in the Czech Republic.
The Oriental Armory presents Japanese, Chinese, Burmese, Thai, Indonesian, Indian, Iranian, Turkish and other non-European weapons.
The most valuable collections of the armories include guns and rifles, e.g. the works of famous rifle makers (Kuchenreiter, Zellner, Cominazzo, Poser, Lebeda, Nowotný, Procházka etc.) in the Trophy Hall. Hunting knifes are also plenty, as well as renaissance crossbows, late Gothic spears, and animal trophies.
The largest is the collection of European military weapons in the Knight Hall. The collection includes armors for aristocrats and mercenaries, swords made in Toledo or Solingen, match muskets, 16th century pistols, German and French execution swords, etc.
In 1895, the pictures from the Colloredo-Mansfeld legacy moved to Opočno. The history of the collection dates back to the 18th century; the catalogue made in 1929 lists 471 items. Two halls, recently reinstalled in the original arrangement, offer primarily Baroque Italian works. Due to the collection activities of its latest owners, Opočno is home to the works of such masters as Giacomo del Po or Andrea Vaccaro.
Important paintings include, for example, Madonna with Baby Jesus and Little John the Baptist, ascribed to Andrea del Sarto of Florence; Jesus Among the Scholars by a follower of Hieronymus Bosch, a renaissance tombstone picture Žerotín Epitaph, or the two-sided canvas Our Lady Protector / Madonna with Baby Jesus, Cross and St. Stephen, created by Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari.
The tour also features ethnographical collections, primarily bought by the owner Josef Colloredo-Mannsfeld during his adventurous journeys. They include exhibits from the Mahdist War in Sudan, hunting trophies from Africa and North America (lions, leopards, buffalos, antelopes or bears), clothes, Native American wickerwork and pottery, everyday items of African tribes, etc.
For example, 10,000 items from the Colloredo-Mannsfeld library, historical glass and china collections, or rooms presenting housing culture – guestrooms and the “Kinsky Apartment”.