The Website Mission
The Czech (or Czechoslovak) view of the ruling period of Franz Joseph I was influenced mainly by Hašek’s Švejk. In short, if Franz Joseph I had been such despotic ruler and man with no scruples, like author Hašek described him, there wouldn’t be the National Theatre, the industrial revolution and composer Smetana couldn’t write his wonderful pieces. There wouldn’t be thousands of buildings, which had the names after the famous important representatives of later history and Czech language wasn’t spoken at the Charles University.
The website is divided into several parts, which will be gradually completed and improved. The museum of Franz Joseph is mainly focused on publishing and display of real items from the time of this ruler. The materials and other information will be set forth only in case if they are owned by the museum.
If the cooperation with other entities develops there will always be the information that the item was lent to the museum (also by the anonymous donor). Just now we are already negotiating the expanding of some collections overlooking the World War One – a huge collection of sabers and bayonets. We will be very happy if you can help us to enlarge the content of the museum also with your exhibits.
We also welcome the offer of your items for our museum with possible purchase. The effort of internet museum is to build the permanent exposition of The Museum of Franz Joseph I. We have already made the offer to about 12 big towns in the Czech Republic but nobody had the serious exhibit interest in Franz Joseph I.
So we ask you for the tolerance if some of our museum matters don’t work properly. This website is on its very start and still everything isn’t perfect here although the investment of 3000 hours of work, programming and scanning, have already been made and not a small amount of money was already spent for this project. This website is not and never will be used for propagation of any type of movements and political parties. If some picture or commentary hurts somebody…it won’t be our intention and we apologize for it in advance.