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Town Museum Františkovy Lázně

Royal Mint Jáchymov

The former Royal Mint is located on the square over the town hall of famous mining town and it was built with the pomp proportional to its importance. The two-storey house from Renaissance age has a tower-type bay window, great hall and rectangular courtyard. The house was built through the years 1534–1536. Present state of the building is the result of several reconstructions.

The core of the house as well as several window flannings, portal jambs, rare chimney hook or large basement remained preserved to these days. The artistically most valuable part is the prismatic bay window with the haunch reinforced with groins. There is a year 1536 signed in the middle of its window flanning. Mining shields around the sign of the year are modern. The building served as the Royal Mint till the beginning of 17th century.

The forefront and the adaptation of the portal are baroque. The mining and metallurgic administration of Jáchymov resided here since 19th century.

The museum has resided here since 1964, the reconstruction of the whole building took place through the end of 80´s and the beginning of 90´s. Present state is the result of this extensive reconstruction. The Royal Mint belongs to the first category monuments.

The permanent exhibition is focused on the history of the Jáchymov Town. You can find here the mineralogical collection and exhibition of silver mining with mobile model of mining operations. The age of the greatest prosperity of Jáchymov coinage and Renaissance culture represent Latin school library from 16th century, works of the scientist Georgius Agricola, Pastor Johann Mathesius and music composer Nicolas Hermann, epitaph pictures, etc. You can also find information about local industry and prosperity of the town in the era of radon spa and exhibition of the office of spa doctor. The ethnographic exhibition shows how difficult the life in hard climatic conditions of the Ore Mountains was. You can see also the exhibition documenting political prisoners in work camps by Jáchymov uranium mines after 1950. Part of the sight-seeing tour comes through the large underground where the lapidary is situated. Fragments of portals and jamb which are placed there came mostly from the former house of the head of the Mint. 

Useful information

Nám. Republiky 37, CZ 362 51, Jáchymov

Length of the tour is 90 minutes. Czech-German labels in the exhibition. Guided tours in German are available for the groups of minimum 10 visitors. Brief guide-books in English and Russian language are available at the ticket office.

GPS position

N 50° 22.288', E 12° 54.787'