Exhibitions and collections

Exposure


The interiors of the chateau have undergone a number of modifications over the centuries. Their appearance and furnishings have changed with the tastes and needs of the users. Nevertheless, many interiors of high quality and refined taste have been preserved in the Opočno chateau.
The last reinstallation of the collections took place at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. With the 2022 visitor season, the second floor of the castle, which for many years served as a depository for furniture, paintings, weapons, crockery, etc., was opened.


Sightseeing routes include:


1st floor of the castle: the African Hall, bathroom, bedroom, salon and study of the Prince, dining room, representative salon, playroom, bathroom, dressing room, bedroom and salon of the Princess, bedroom and salon of Jerome, bedroom and salon of Bertha, breakfast room, small and large picture room, library and guest suite of the family of Prince Rudolf Kinsky.


The second floor of the castle: Ernestine Caroline's room, the bathroom, dressing room and bedroom of the Trauttmansdorff family, the Mantua room, the dressing room and guest suite of the Schönburg-Hartenstein family, the governess's room, the maid's room, the rooms of Friedrich, Weikhard, Jerome Jr. and Joseph Jr.

Collections


Collecting has a tradition of more than 400 years in Bohemia. The collections of Emperor Rudolf II. The collections of the Habsburgs have acquired world-wide significance. The golden age of Czech collecting was the beginning of the 18th century, when many aristocratic collections reached their peak. The revivalist movement and the Society of Patriotic Friends of Art, founded in 1796, contributed to at least a partial rescue of the collections that were being sold off.

Historical arms


The unique feature of Opočno Castle is undoubtedly its extensive collection of historical weapons and armour, one of the most important in the Czech Republic.
At the end of the 19th century, the new owner of the castle, Prince Joseph II. Colloredo - Mannsfeld concentrated his extensive collection of weapons in two halls on the second floor of the castle (the Knights' and Hunting Halls). The collection contains more than 2,000 exhibits, making it one of the largest collections of weapons in Czech castles.
Among the most valuable exhibits of the collection are firearms; works of renowned gunsmiths (Kuchenreiter, Zellner, Cominazzo, Poser, Lebeda, Nowotný, Procházka, etc.) in the hunting hall. A number of quality specimens are represented by hunting fangs, as well as crossbows from the Renaissance era, late Gothic spears and trophies of hunted game.
The largest collection of European military weapons is concentrated in the Knights' Hall. The armour of noble and mercenary armour, cords of Toledo or Solingen production, dagger muskets, pistols from the 16th century, a collection of execution swords of German and French provenance and much more.


Images


In 1895 the Colloredo-Mansfeld collection of paintings was concentrated at Opočno. Its history dates back to the 18th century, the catalogue compiled in 1929 contains 471 items. Two rooms, recently reinstalled in the spirit of the original layout, contain mainly Baroque Italian works. Thanks to the collecting passion of its last owners, Opočno boasts works by masters such as Giacomo del Po and Andrea Vaccaro.
Important paintings include, for example, a double-sided canvas (from around 1700) of the Madonna with the Baby Jesus, the Cross and St. Stephen, and on the reverse side the Virgin Mary Protectress by the painter Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari, the Madonna with the Child and the Little John the Baptist related to the Florentine Andrea del Sarto, Christ among the Scholars by the follower of Hieronymus Bosch, the Renaissance tomb painting The Epitaph of Žerotín from 1575 depicting Barbara of Bibrštejn and Jan Jetřich of Žerotín in the interior of the church of Opočno located in front of the castle and many others.

Ethnographic collections


The tour also includes ethnographic collections (located in the African Hall and the family museum) acquired mainly by purchase during the adventurous travels of the castle owner, Prince Joseph II. Colloredo-Mannsfeld; among other things, exhibits from the "Mahdist uprising" in Sudan, trophies of African and North American game (lions, leopards, buffalo, antelopes or bears), clothing, pottery and basketry of the Indians, objects of daily use of African tribes.


Other...


...the 10,000 volumes of the Colloredo-Mannsfeld Library, the collections of historical glass and porcelain, and the rooms that show the culture of living, especially the furnishings, the guest rooms.