We have prepared the largest RETRO MUSEUM in the Czech Republic as part of a unique project, mapping design, trends and everyday life in the 1970s and 1980s in Czechoslovakia. Our goal is to remind the younger generation of this period, as modern history is hardly taught in Czech education.
We currently have 12,000 exhibits in our depository, both unique and common items, which are already registered and a large part of them will go to the exhibition. In 2021, we managed to acquire space on the top floor of the Kotva department store, which was designed by the Machonins in the 1970s. .
The museum covers more than 2,500 square meters and will be divided into 5 main areas, mapping the everyday life, design and trends in Czechoslovakia in the 70s and 80s.
The first part is focused on replicas of apartments with original objects that will show visitors how people lived in blocks of flats, or a replica of a period office for architects and show how they worked under socialism.
The second part will introduce you to clothing from Svit, Elite or Úbok. We will also present production cooperatives, but above all furniture cooperatives, starting with UP Rousínov, Hikor Písek, or Dřevotvar from Jablonné nad Orlicí, and we will show you the best products of contemporary designers.
The exhibits in the third part are focused on everyday life, such as camping, television advertising, shopping, school, leisure activities and sports.
The fourth part focuses on the design of children's toys, to the useful design of electronics or consumer goods sold in the Kotva department store.
The last part will focus on the politics of the 70's and 80's, which will show and explain the functioning of secret security, wiretapping of dissidents and Czechoslovak socialist propaganda, so that a visitor who has not experienced this time can form his own opinion.
You will also see many other interesting interactive exhibits, where visitors will be able to touch and try most things.