The Hussite Museum is located at Žižka Square in the Old Town Hall. Besides the Hussites Exposition, you can also visit medieval underground corridors and a Gothic hall with an equestrian statue of Jan Žižka.
The Underground Tunnels
The complex of underground tunnels is Tábor’s tourist highlight. The popular sight had its origin in the 15th century when town citizens started digging cellars under their houses in the Old Town.
The cellars were extended by succeeding generations, and eventually many of them were interconnected to create an underground labyrinth, or more accurately a system, because you could hardly get lost there. This fact, however, does not lessen its uniqueness. Some cellars were very large; they often had as many as three floors reaching as deep as 16 meters. Thanks to a stable, relatively low temperature and high humidity they were used for storing food and especially beer. In case of fire or attack by enemies they were also used as a shelter. A section of the tunnel system (500 meters) running under Žižka Square was opened to the public after the Second World War.
The Hussites Exposition
The exposition takes the visitor through ten halls, from the origins of the Hussite movement to the evolution of historical memory of Hussitism in the 19th and 20th centuries. Children will appreciate that the key terms are explained using comic panels. They can expect secret drawers and small doors with tasks or funny scenes in peepholes within the exposition. They can try to wear a chain mail shirt and to sit on a royal throne. The exposition is barrier-free to facilitate wheelchair users and visually challenged people can borrow a special guide text in Braille.
The Gothic Hall
A great hall, called also the Palace, is the second largest secular hall in the Gothic style in the Czech Republic. It was created by removing most of the original second floor and roofing the high space with a perfectly designed rib vault. The most important sight is a stone town emblem with figures of Jan Žižka and Jan Hus. The premises are also used for thematic exhibitions.
The Gothic Hall will be closed for reconstruction until 2020.
Enhance your visit to the museum with a guide wearing a historical costume! Throughout the year, the museum arranges tours in costumes; you will use a lantern as a light during your journey through the underground maze. The tours are very popular and it is highly recommended to make a reservation well in advance.
|The Hussites Exposition|
basic 70 CZK; reduced 50 CZK
|The Underground Tunnels|
basic 60 CZK; reduced 40 CZK
|The Underground Tunnels + The Hussites Exposition|
basic 100 CZK; reduced 70 CZK
(2 adults + 3 children) 230 CZK
Žižkovo náměstí 1, Tábor 390 01
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