Fascinating exhibitions in stylishly arranged interiors of castles, palaces, and museums not only present collections but also provide valuable information through careful descriptions of exhibits, which are sometimes difficult to find elsewhere. If allowed, I photograph some of the exhibited objects, including information boards that I found particularly interesting.
However, publishing photos – for example, on the Internet – usually requires additional consent, which is sometimes not easy to obtain. The laws differ depending on the country, the nature of the exhibition object, the status of the exhibition organizer, and sometimes even take into account the position of the owner of individual exhibits. For these reasons – with few exceptions, where I have received such consent – I do not publish interior photos taken by me, but only use the information contained in them when writing articles. The following list of selected museums and exhibitions is such a database and an encouragement to undertake your own research expeditions.
Lockenhaus Castle (Burg Lockenhaus): Bell tower, upper courtyard, donjon, armory, ballroom, knight’s hall; “The Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory; permanent exhibition about bats; History of the Templars
Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt: Castle chambers, wine museum and thematic exhibitions: Joseph Haydn; Melinda Esterházy
Open-air museum Niedersulz (Museumsdorf Niedersulz): Earth building techniques; The Anabaptists (religious movement); From manorial rule to modern agricultural policy; magnificent collars for the carriages
Open-air museum of the Germanic farmstead in Elsarn (Freilichtmuseum Elsarn Germanisches Gehöft)
Orth Castle (Schloss Orth): Information center of the Danube-Auen National Park; Exhibition on 38 species of bats
Royal Palace of Gödöllő (Gödöllői Királyi Kastély): Permanent exibitions (The Grassalkovich family era; The Royal Suites; The Queen Elizabeth Memorial Exhibition; Centuries, inhabitants, stories; Habsburg Gallery; The secret life of the castle (1950-1990)
Schönbrunn Kincsei Gödöllőn (8.09.2023 – 28.02.2024): Highlights of the Schönbrunn Collection
Győr – Castle Dungeon, Stone Quarry (Várkazamata- Kőtár): A wide, underground tunnel about eighty meters long, with an exhibition of i.a. Tombstones from Roman times and the Middle Ages and about 100 bricks from the last 300 years
Taródi-vár: Castle interiors, antique furniture and tiled stoves. A castle built in the 20th century
Bieszczady National Park Museum (Muzeum Bieszczadzkiego Parku Narodowego w Ustrzykach Dolnych): biology and systematics of the animal world; paleontology; geomorphology, hydrology, climate and soils of the Bieszczady Mountains; as well as flora, plant communities and fauna of the region; the nature of the foothills, the mid-mountain range and the mountain pastures
Trencin Castle (Trenčiansky hrad): pavilion with historical exhibition devoted to painting, defense art and production of fabrics and costumes; a chamber of torture; the tower, which today serves as a viewing platform