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Whilst visiting the main museum at Lidice a member of staff mentioned there was a 20 minute film in English at The Gallery. Most people visit the main site and never go to The Gallery. So I decided to pay it a visit. You walk past the car park and into the new Lidice along a wide carriageway. At the end of this road is 50 year old Gallery. I thought it would be quiet and was right, being the only visitor. A member of staff took me upstairs to view the 20 minute film. When I came downstairs the staff insisted I go into a room to view some of the works. The museum has a collection of art and sculptures from around the world that has been donated spread over two floors. There is also a large collection of paintings by children from around the world. If you enjoy modern art make sure you visit the Gallery before leaving Lidice plus you can see the new town.
Updated Jul 29, 2009
The main museum at Lidice is located in the information centre and charges a fee for admission. The staff will ask details of your home town for their records and will advise you when a film of the era is available for viewing in your language. At the end of the film you move into the next part of the museum which has a number of audio/video displays that are available in different languages. It takes about an hour to view all the available material. No photography is allowed in this museum. There are 2 other buildings with written and visual displays to view and photography is allowed. About 10 minutes walk away in the new village of Lidice there is The Gallery that has a film lasting 20 minutes plus displays of modern art.
Written Jul 29, 2009
The rose garden was created in 1955 at the instigation of the English Lidice will live association. The garden has been altered a couple times since its creation the latest being in 2002. The gardens are 1.55 hectares in size and contain 21,000 roses with some 200 different varieties. During my visit there were a number of gardeners hard at work maintaining the gardens. The gardens have a number of places to sit and contemplate the terrible events that took place.
Written Jul 23, 2009
One of the most moving places at Lidice is looking at the memorial to the murdered children. This was a project that spanned 30 years. It was first started in 1969 by the sculptor Marie Uchytilov who died suddenly in 1989. By 1989 due to a lack of donations the memorial had only been completed in plaster and 3 figures cast in bronze that had been paid for by Marie Uchytilov. Her husband completed the rest of the work which was finished in 2000. The 82 figures are life sized and consist of 42 girls and 40 boys ranging in age between 1 to 16 years who are looking towards where the village stood. When it rains the life like children look as if they are crying.
Written Jul 21, 2009
Address: Památník Lidice, Tokajická è.p. 152, 273 54 LIDICE
Phone: 312 253 063
The last time I went to Lidice 6 years ago I had a hire car. This time I decided to take the bus. I caught the metro to Dejvicka, which is the last stop on the ‘A’ Green line. There are a number of bus stops in the area. You need to stay on the northern side of the street and walk in a westerly direction looking out for the Hotel Diplomat. When you are on opposite side of the road from the hotel look out for bus stand 2. I caught the 11am #56 bus which travels in the direction of Kladno and costs 25CZK one way. The route is well marked and when the bus turns off the motorway it will travel about 1km, you will notice the roadside stalls on the left before the bus turns right. Get off at this stop, the driver may also give you the nod to get off the bus. The return stop is on the opposite side of the road. I caught the return bus at about 3.55pm
Written Jul 18, 2009