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MENDELIANUM - Attractive World of Genetics
The modern museum of J.G. Mendel with a long tradition, strong historical roots and rich scientific research environment.
Mendelianum is located in authentic premises of Mendel´s scientific society in the historical heart of Brno.

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(A. Matalová, Mendelianum MZM Brno))

1822 born at Hynčice now a part of VražnéJGM2
1831 – 1833 elementary school at Hynčice
1833 – 1834 Piarist school at Lipník
1834 – 1840 Grammer School (Gymnasium )at Opava
1840 – 1843 Institute of Philosophy at Olomouc
1843 – 1844 Novitiate
1844 – 1848 theology studies in Brno
1848 – 1849 Pastor at the Old Brno Abbey
1849 – 1850 substitute professor at gymnasium in Znojmo
first attempt at a university examination
1851 substitute professor of agriculture at the Technical Institute in Brno
1851 – 1853 student of physics and natural history at Vienna University
1853 publishs on Botys margaritalis in the J. of zool.- botan. Soc. Vienna
1854 building of the green house in the monastic vegetable garden, appointed teacher of physics and natural history at Technical Institute in Brno
1854 – 1856 carried out pea experiments on constancy of
selected traits
1855 member of the Moravian and Silesian Agricultural Society Brno, the second attempt at the university examination in Vienna
1856 starts hybridizing experiments with peas in monastic garden
1862 continues experiments on plant hybrids, becomes a member of the Natural Science Society Brno
1863 continues experiments on plants hybrids, publishs his meteorological observations of 1862 in Brno
1864 finalization of experiments on the nature of the hybrid, publishes his meteorological observations of 1863 in Brno
1865 lectures on Experiments in Plant Hybrids in Brno, at the meetings of the Nature Research Society, February 8 and March 8
1866 Mendel´s work Experiments in Plant Hybrids in Brno published in the journal of the Nature Research Society
1866 publishes his meteorological observations of 1865 in Brno, opens correspondence on plant hybrids with Nägeli
1867 publishes his meteorological observations of 1866 in Brno, discussions on hybrids in his letters to Nägeli
1868 elected Abbot of the Augustinian monastery in Old Brno
continueds correspondence on hybrids with Nägeli
lectures on his experiments in Hieracium bastards in Brno, becomes vice-chairman of the Natural Science Society in Brno, continues correspondence on plant hybrids with Nägeli
1870 publishes his experiments with Hieracium bastards in Brno, publishes his meteorological observations of 1869 in Brno
continued correspondence on hybrids with Nägeli, votes the proconstitutional Liberal Party for the Moravian Diet
1873 last letter on hybrids to Nägeli
1874 declines to chair the Beekeepers' Society Brno
1874 tries to hybridize dark domestic and light Cyprus bees
1874 – 1884 protests against the increased taxes on the monastic property
1877 reportes on his underground water level measurements to G. v. Niessl
1879 publishes on rainfalls and weather in Brno in the J. of Austrian Meteorol. Soc.
1881 becomes Director of the Mortgage Bank of Moravia
1882 publishes on storm in Brno and Blansko in the Journal of Austrian Meteorol. Society, requests grafts from the trees in his parents' garden
1884 dies on January 6, buried January 9 in the Central Cemetery in Brno

Mendel´s Scientific Centre

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The activity within the framework of MCentre of science includes:

  • Collection files are collected, classified, stored and displayed concerning Gregor Mendel´s biography and the scientific context of his discovery, said documentation being created by researchers from here and abroad into Mendel´s heritage since the beginning of the 20th Century.
  • Folia Mendeliana: the only international specialized historical-scientific reviewed journal with the research results on Mendel's life and reports on the origin and early development of genetics.
  • Mendel Forum: conferences organized yearly since 1992 for professionals, later expanded to include a space for meetings of scientists, teachers, students and the general public.
  • Mendel Medal: annual unique appreciation of internationally prominent personality for his/her contribution to the development of the scientific and cultural heritage of J. G. Mendel and genetics.
  • Mendel Lecture: since 1992, it represents a significant opportunity for scientists to present their research within the framework of the takeover of the Mendel Memorial medal of the Moravian Museum.
  • Mendel´s native house: cooperation in the foundation of the historical trust house of Mendel´s parents, its reconstruction, preparation of exhibitions, excursions, together with a long-term cooperation in the evaluation of the students´ competition taking place in Mendel´s Hynčice for talented secondary school students.
  • Mendel Brno: since 2001, organization of occasional strolls around Mendel´s Brno with an expert commentary, complemented by short-term exhibitions, publications and other activities.
  • Exhibitions and expositions: a long-term tradition of professional and popular science exhibitions. Mendelianum (Mendlovo náměstí) – 1965 - 2000, Mendelianum (Údolní Street) – 2001 - 2006, Mendelianum (Biskupský dvůr) – since 2012.
  • Professional publications: in addition to papers published in Folia Mendeliana and other international journals, this section includes the issue of professional and popular scientific publications (Gregor Johann Mendel, Genetics Behind the Iron Curtain, Mendel in a Black Box, Experiments on Plant Hybrids, Mendel´s Brno and many others).
  • Other activities: lectures, seminars, excursions, popularization activities, film and interactive materials, Web pages, etc., etc.

Mendel´s Visitor Centre

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The basic parts of the Visitor Centre consist of:

  • Introductive section: From the genetic program to its implementation
  • Molecular-biological laboratory: The desire to explore and discover
  • Genetic stories on the background of Nobel Prizes: Mendel in the concept of today's science
  • Historic hall and modern science: A counterpoint of old and new
  • Conference Hall: the place where Mendel was meeting his hybridizing colleagues and gathered motivation for his experiments
  • Mendel's laboratory: disclosure what Mendel knew and what he couldn't know
  • Scientific milieu of Mendel´s discovery: A trip to Mendel´s epoch
  • Mendel´s experimental plants: Mendel's verification of his discoveries
  • Mendel´s Brno: Walking in the footsteps of J. G. Mendel in Brno

Mendel´s Interactive School

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Mendel was an exceptional, modest and loving personality, but he never established a scientific school of his own during his lifetime. Until 30 years after his death his ideas were incorporated into the body of science giving birth to genetics. The present Mendel school takes advantage of the incentive aspect of JGM and his heritage to meet the overall concept based on several of the major directions of the project of Mendel Interactive School of Genetics.

  • Mendel Mobile School (MMS)
  • Mendel Scientific Research School (MSRS)
  • Mendel Summer School (MSS)
  • Mendel School World Wide + Web (MWŠ)

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Thematic area of the Centre

J. G. Mendel

1 Mendel osobnostJ. G. Mendel - scientist and a multifaceted personality.

Introductive section

2 vstupni castIntroductive section: From the genetic program to its implementation.

Scientific milieu of Mendel´s discovery

3 Mendelova dobaScientific milieu of Mendel´s discovery: A trip to Mendel´s epoch.

Conference Hall

4 SalConference Hall: the place where Mendel was meeting his scientific colleagues and gathered motivation for his experiments.

Mendel's laboratory

5 Mendel laborator bMendel's laboratory: disclosure what Mendel knew and what he could not know.

Molecular-biological laboratory

6 laboratorMolecular-biological laboratory: The desire to explore and discover.

Genetic stories on the background of Nobel Prizes

7 Nobelovy ceny2Genetic stories on the background of Nobel Prizes: Mendel in the concept of today's science

Mendel´s plants

8 rostlinyMendel´s plants: Mendel's verification of his discoveries.

Historic hall and modern science

10 sal bHistoric hall and modern science: A counterpoint of old and new.



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Mendel´s Brno

The Bishop Court

Biskupsky dvurThe Bishop Court became the Moravian Museum and the seat of the AgriCulture Association with its many scientific sections in 1817. Mendel profited most from the gardening section. The experiments performed to achieve new colour varieties of ornamental plants initiated his experiments with peas (Muzejní 1).


The Dietrichstein Palace

Dietrichsteinsky palacThe Dietrichstein Palace of the Moravian Museum with its memorial hall showing plaques of the chief figures of the AgriCulture Association as founders of the Moravian Museum (Zelný trh 1).


The Reduta Theatre

Reduta BrnoThe Reduta Theatre where exhibits of flowers, fruit and vegetable were organized by Mendel´s Section of Pomiculture, Viniculture and Horticulture of the AgriCulture Association (Zelný trh).


The Institute of Philosophy

The Institute of PhilosophyThe Institute of Philosophy at the Minorite Monastery where Mendel studied agriculture, pomiculture and viniculture in 1846 (Minoritská 1).


The High School in Brno

The High SchoolThe building of the Modern High School in Brno where Mendel lectured physics and natural science 1854-1868 and published his discovery in 1865 in the Nature Research Society meetings (Jánská 22).


The Memorial Plaques

The Memorial PlaquesThe memorial plaques of the former Mortgage Bank honouring Mendel as its Director General (Roosevelt / Dvořák Streets corner).


The Augustinian Order

The Augustinian OrderThe original seat of the Augustinian Order St. Thomas to 1782 (Moravské náměstí).


The Moravian Diet

The building Moravian DietThe building of the former Moravian Diet where the premises of the Mortgage Bank were situated from 1878. Mendel was working there as
vice-director and from 1881 as Director General till the end of his life (Joštova 8).


The Technical College

The Technical CollegeThe building of the former Technical College where the meetings of the Nature Research Society were held over which Mendel often presided in his position of society´s vice-chairman (Komenského náměstí 2).


The New Town Hall

The New Town HallThe New Town Hall as a centre of cultural events and presentations of the AgriCulture Association activities in which Mendel took part as a member of its Central Board (Dominikánské náměstí).


St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's ChurchThe Institute of Theology at the Dominican Monastery where Mendel studied 1844-1848. In St Michael church he was ordained priest on August 15, 1847 and celebrated his first mass (Dominikánské náměstí).


The Urban Centre

The Urban CentreThe Urban Centre where the office and the library of the Nature Research Society were housed after 1870 (Šilingrovo náměstí).


St. Ann Hospital

St. Ann HospitalSt. Ann Hospital where Mendel proved unsuccessful in his pastoral service but achieved the support of the hospital director in ornamental plant breeding and meteorology (Pekařská 53/55).


The Cistercian Nunnary

The Basilica of the Assumption The former Cistercian Nunnary, since 1783 the seat of the Augustinian Order. Mendel lived there 1843-1884. The Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin and the adjoining prelate quarters of Gregor Mendel 1868-1884 (Mendelovo náměstí 1).


Opening Hours

Monday closed
Tuesday 9.00 - 15.00
Wednesday 9.00 - 17.00
Thursday 9.00 - 17.00
Friday 9.00 - 17.00
Saturday, Sunday 13.00 - 18.00

More information

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Admission: - full / discount / family
Exposition without a guide 70,- / 35,- / 175,-
Exposition with a guide 90,- / 45,- / 225,-
Tickets to Mendeliana must be purchased at the box office Ditrichstein palace.

Provided discounts:
There is a 50 % discount when you register online. To book a specific time, please use e - mail: mendelianum@mzm.cz

Author: Mgr. Jiri Veverka | Mendelianum, Moravian Museum, Zelný trh 6, 659 37, Brno, Czech Republic