Dietrichstein Palace > Temporary exhibitions > Department of Zoology

Department of Zoology - Presentation of Scientific Museum Departments

8. 2. - 5. 3. 2017


Admission: regular 50 CZK, reduced 25 CZK, family 125 CZK

Opening hours: Tuesday 9 a.m-3 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1-6 p.m.


Zoological collections existed as soon as in the moment of the museum foundation in 1817. Dermoplastic preparations were the oldest part not only of zoological collections but of the whole holdings of the Moravian (originally Francis) Museum. They appear already in the inventory from 1808-1836 (109 items). In the Special Inventory of the zoological department started in 1818 one finds besides spirit-preserved specimens, insects and various shells also sixty taxidermies.

There were several famous personalities under curators of the zoological department, e.g. Moritz Trapp (1864-1895), Alfred Palliardi (1896-1924) and in 1907, Karel Absolon was employed who took care of the collections until 1938. „In that period he started both the systematic display collections (1910) and the study collections“, explains the today head of the department Miroslav Šebela.

Initially, the zoological collections were kept in two rooms. After the construction of a new museum building, the so called d´Elvert Wing in the Bishop´s Court, they expanded into five rooms. The newly arranged zoological collections were open to the public on 20 April 1910. Karel Absolon, the founder and author of their installation, supposed that they would be extended and developed in the following years so that finally they represent the whole animal kingdom including extinct species.

Exhibits on display:
They represent items from the zoological collections from all over the world.
• Channel-billed toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus, Lichtenstein, 1823) – South America – one of the biggest living toucans
• Willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus, Linnaeus, 1758) – Siberia – collected by our zoologists and originating from regions beyond the Polar circle
• Blue-winged pita (Pitta moluccensis, Müller, 1776) – Malaysia – representative of a primitive evolution group
• Owl parrot (Strigops habroptilus, Gray, 1845) – New Zealand – the rarest New Zealand bird, a nearly extinct species that could be saved from extinction
• European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis, Linnaeus, 1758) – Europe – species that our zoologists have saved in the Czech Republic
• Armoured catfish (Loricariidae, Rafinesque, 1815) – South America – species not yet described, caught by our zoologists during their expedition
• Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus, Linnaeus, 1758) – North America – a representative of the varied group of woodpecker from North America
• Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis, Linnaeus, 1758) – Africa – kingfisher from Sub-Saharan Africa living also in Asia