Český Krumlov

Photogallery seidel

Adress: Linecká 272; 381 01 Český Krumlov (Petr Hudičák)
Telephone: +420 380 712 354
E-mail: info@seidel.cz

Opening times:

January to March (Tue-Sun) 09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
April (Mon-Sun) 09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
May to September (Mon-Sun) 09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 18:00
October to December (Mon-Sun) 09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
  • the last sightseeing begins one hour before the closing time
  • sightseeings out of the opening times are available after ordering using the contacts above

Entrance fee:

adults 100 Kč
children from 6 to 15 40 Kč
students, seniors
70 Kč
family fee 200 Kč
  • the sightseeing with a guide is available in czech, english and german languages
  • it is possible to hire a guide textbooks in czech, german, english, french, spanish and dutch languages
  • family fee – two adults and maximally four children

The house of „Šumava photographer“ Josef Seidl is the unique technical ang cultural monument that will attract you even in the case that you are not interested in photography at all. It is architectonicaly very interesting building in which, except the studio equipment, an archive of valuable pictures can be found, which shows us the life on czech-austria-german borders in the 19th and 20th centuries. The interiors equipped with the historic furniture will carry you to the past and introduce you to the lives of local inhabitants. The museum is formed by two lovely houses and two gardens.

How people lived in the past… and how the took

The nowadays visage of the Photogallery Seidel is from 1905, when the building replaced the wooden house that had stood there in the past. After the reconstruction the object looks pretty much the same as it did during the times of Josef Seidl and his son František. The office, bedroom and living room show us the everyday life of the last owners of the studio, whose licence was abolished in 1949. 

In the studio the laboratory and a chamber for daylight copying, scissors for papers, a press, maginfiers, polishing cloths and hand-operated printer for photographs can be seen… and not only these, but many others. The part of the Seidl heritage is the archive of photographs of Šumava region, thanks to which Seidl was percieved as one of the greatest photographers of his times. The pictures from the end of 19th century and from the beginning of the 20th century are very well documented, this fact allows you to make a nice picture of how people lived in that times.

Skiing photographer

The part of the exhibition is a view to the life and personality of Josef Seidl (1859 – 1935). The photographer, that bought a studio in the garden of the house in Linecká street in Český Krumlov in 1888, was known as a lover of modern gadgets. He was one of the first skiers in Bohemia, he used skies to travel for his pictures, later on he travelled on a bicycle and even on a motorcycle. He made panoramatic pictures and used autochrom technique not only for coloured postcards making. He founded a postcard company.

Josef Seidel´s son František continued in his father´s work until the studio was taken away by communists. Nowadays exposition of local museum allows us to travel in time and get to know something about the photograpic techinques of that times and about the life in Šumava region in the past.

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