A testament to the life and work of J. G. Mendel
Meteorological station open to the public
Exhibit prepared by architect Zdeněk Fránek
Museum located right where the father of genetics lived and worked
The Mendel Museum is located on the grounds of the Augustinian Abbey and features an exhibition exploring Mendel’s life as an abbot, a scientist, and a person. This permanent exhibition is spread over five rooms, each dominated by a single theme, such as peas or a beehive. The first room deals with life in the abbey, the second introduces Mendel as a person, the third presents his interests (breeding, fruit-growing, beekeeping, and meteorology), the fourth shows Mendel as the scientist who discovered the laws of inheritance, and the last deals with significant events in the history of genetics.
In 2016, a new exhibition designed by the architect Zdeněk Fránek was opened, designed as a visualisation of Mendel’s life. Science enthusiasts may attend any of the Mendel Lectures, which are given by famous biologists, geneticists, and molecular biologists.
The museum’s exterior features a garden with the preserved foundations of the greenhouse in which Mendel conducted his pea experiments, as well as garden beds and a beehive. There is also a meteorological station continuing the tradition of the one used by Mendel, which can be seen inside the museum.