On October 6, 2015, AFoCR Directors and their spouses visited the Lobkowicz Palace located in the Prague Castle complex. Prince William zu Lobkowicz or simply William Lobkowicz (born 1961) is a nobleman from the House of Lobkowicz of American origin with Bohemian (Czech) roots. He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, but moved to then Czechoslovakia in 1990 to claim his family's vast ancestral belongings, the restoration, preservation and display of which have become his profession and passion. William hosted a private tour for the AFoCR Directors in Prague and served wine on the stone balcony overlooking all of Prague.
The Lobkowicz Palace, the only privately owned building in the Prague Castle complex, is home to the highly acclaimed The Lobkowicz Collections, The Lobkowicz Palace Café, Midday Classic Concert and Museum Shop, as well as numerous elegant venues for private functions.
The Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the history of Europe through the unique perspective of The Lobkowicz Collections and the Lobkowicz family. Set in 22 beautifully appointed galleries, the Museum displays a selection of some of the finest pieces from The Collections, including many of international significance.
Highlights from the Museum include works by masters such as Canaletto, Brueghel the Elder, Cranach, and Velázquez; an impressive display of family and royal portraits; fine porcelain, ceramics and rare decorative arts dating from the 16th to 20th centuries; an extensive collection of military and sporting rifles from the 16th to 18th centuries; and musical instruments and original scores and manuscripts by Beethoven and Mozart, including Beethoven’s 4th and 5th symphonies and Mozart’s re-orchestration of Handel’s Messiah.
Visitors are ushered through the galleries by the museum's very popular audio guide, which explains important details of European history and the seven-hundred-year history of the Lobkowicz family, including the dramatic story of how the family lost everything twice and got it back - twice. Narrated by two generations of the Lobkowicz family and the Chief Curator of The Collections, this engaging and informative free audio guide in eight languages is always highly recommended by visitors from all over the world.