Bohemian Garnet Museum Prague (Muzeum českého granátu)

Bohemian Garnet Museum Prague (Muzeum českého granátu)

The Bohemian Garnet Museum is a unique exhibition of outstanding jewellery and objects decorated exclusively with Bohemian garnets. The collection offers a comprehensive overview of jewellery from the early days when Bohemian garnet began to be used in jewellery production until the early twentieth century.

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The Bohemian Garnet Museum also presents the history of garnet mining in the Czech lands. You will learn about the mining sites and mining technology of Bohemian garnets, as well as about methods of their cutting and further processing. You can see, for example, an old cut from the mid-18th century. Furthermore, you will learn about the energy and healing powers of Bohemian garnets.

Visitors to the Bohemian Garnet Museum can buy original period jewellery decorated with Bohemian garnets, including a certificate of origin and authenticity. As a keepsake, you can also choose some of many original souvenirs.

The Bohemian Garnet Museum is worth visiting for anybody interested in history, jewellery and crafts, and also offers an interesting experience to visitors from the general public, including tourists coming to Prague.

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Garnets are undoubtedly among the oldest known minerals and precious stones, used in ancient times for decorative and ritual purposes. Mention of them can be found in Peri Lithon, a work by the Greek philosopher Theophrastus of Ephesus (372–287 BC). Garnets are also mentioned by the famous Roman polymath Pliny the Elder (23–79 AD) in his 37-volume encyclopaedia Naturalis Historia, where he referred to them as “carbunculus” (he probably meant almandines). They were known in ancient Greece and Rome, Carthage and other civilized countries of North Africa.

The designation “garnet” is probably derived from the Latin word “grannum”, i.e. grain. The name comes from the 13th century, when it was used for the first time by the German theologian and philosopher Albertus Magnus (1193–1280). Another theory says that the name originated from the Latin phrase “malum granatum”, i.e. pomegranate (according to the most frequent garnet colour). Garnets in Bohemia are also mentioned by Georgius Agricola (real name Jiří Bauer), a naturalist and doctor from Jáchymov, in his De Natura Fossilium Libri X (1494–1555).

The history of Bohemian garnet is basically as old as the history of garnet in general, with the difference that Bohemian garnet was called carbuncle. Anselmus Boëtius de Boodt, Rudolf II’s personal doctor, describes the work of gem prospectors and cutters in his work Gemmarum et Lapidum Historia (1609), dealing also with the healing powers of Bohemian garnets.

In the opinion of some people, Bohemian garnets don’t reach the size of those from the Orient, but their advantage is their beautiful red colour. They perfectly resist fire, and when found they are flawless. Boëtius also accurately identifies their sites in the Central Bohemian Uplands and in the Jizera Meadow.

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Address:
Muzeum českého granátu,
Karlova 186/8,
110 00 Praha 1

GPS: 50.0856146,   14.415027799999962

Contact:
Tel:: +420 604 203 438
E-mail: info@mcgp.cz
www.mcgp.cz

Open time:
Daily 10:00 – 21:00

Admission:
Adults ….250,- Kč
Seniors, disabled persons, students (ISIC)…. 185,- Kč
Children up to 15 years…. 125,- Kč
Families (2+2) ….560,- Kč

Connection:
Metro ( Underground ): linie A – station Staroměstská
Tram: 17, 18 – station Karlovy lázně, Staroměstská .From there, go towards the National Theatre and at the Charles Bridge turn left.

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Bohemian Garnet Museum Prague (Muzeum českého granátu) 50.086104, 14.417232 Bohemian Garnet Museum Prague (Muzeum českého granátu) The Bohemian Garnet Museum is a unique exhibition of outstanding jewellery and objects decorated exclusively with Bohemian garnets. The collection offers a comprehensive overview of jewellery from the early days when Bohemian garnet began to be used in jewellery production until the early twentieth century.

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