Tour circuits


The Mendel Museum of MU offers four different tour circuits. The Mendel Museum (MM) and Old Brno Abbey Museum (MUSO) may be visited both independently and with a guide (without prior booking). The Garden, Apiary and Basilica, Library circuits are only available as guided tours and must be booked ahead of time.

Individual tours must be booked at least 4 days in advance by e-mail at info@mendelmuseum.muni.cz; for more information, please call +420 549 496 669. Thank you.

The Mendel Museum of MU (MM)

Do you know why one of the largest squares in Brno is named after Mendel? The square provides direct access to the garden of the Old Brno Abbey, which has existed for almost 700 years. One of the world’s greatest pioneers of genetics lived and worked here. A man whose diligence, perseverance, and universality continues to inspire to this day. Come and discover the humble genius of Gregor Johann Mendel.

Approximate duration of the tour: 30 minutes

Reservation - Book a tour of the Mendel Museum

The Garden and Apiary

Explore the mid-nineteenth century abbey garden, which Mendel observed from the window of his room. Inspect the foundations of the old greenhouse and the place where the orangery stood. Stroll under the blossoming branches of the false acacias that nourished Mendel’s bees. Absorb the soothing silence, away from the bustle of the city.

Approximate duration of the tour: 45 minutes

The circuit is only available from April to October (weather permitting) and must be booked ahead of time.

Reservation - Book a tour of the garden and apiary

The Old Brno Abbey Museum (MUSO)  

Long ago, when Brno was not yet Brno, people gathered at a small Romanesque church by the River Svratka. The river was since diverted, and today the location is home to the great Augustinian abbey. In the authentic monastery environment, visitors can examine unique items from the collections of the Brno Augustinians and archaeological artefacts related to the early days of Old Brno. Find inspiration in galleries with paintings both sacred and profane, liturgical objects and vestments that were used by the Augustinians themselves for many centuries.

Approximate duration of the tour: 60 minutes

Reservation - Book a tour of the Old Brno Abbey Museum

The Basilica and Augustinian Library

Immerse yourself into the hallowed serenity of the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady and be invigorated by the vaults that echoed to music performed by Leoš Janáček. The tour will take you to see the famous Black Madonna, the tomb of the monastery’s founder, Elizabeth Richeza, or the abstract stained-glass windows in stark contrast to the Neo-Gothic architecture. The richly ornamented Baroque library contains nearly 27,000 volumes, from rare early prints to detective novels. You will also visit the Mendel Refectory, the Cloister, and the old Cistercian refectory.

Only available with a guide, must be booked ahead of time. Visitors to the basilica must be suitably dressed.

Approximate duration of the tour: 60 minutes

Reservation - Book a tour of the basilica and the Augustinian library