In Milovice in Nymbursk, the Museum of Military Space was ceremonially opened on June 23, 2023.
Milovice (Nymbursk) – In Milovice in Nymbursk, today in the reconstructed cultural they opened the Museum of Military Space in the house. The exhibition with three hundred collection items covers the period from 1904 until the departure of the Soviet army in 1991. Among the exhibits is, for example, a stand for a heavy machine gun from South America or the leather clothing of a Czechoslovak tankman, of which apparently only three have survived in the world. At the ceremonial opening of the museum, the mayor of Milovice, Milan Pour (ANO), said this today.
The city spent about 2.5 million crowns to build the museum. According to the mayor, in Milovice, where signs of the decades of stay of various armies are gradually disappearing with the development of the city, it should remind the history of the former military district.
“We are a young city, young people are moving here, we have an average age of 35 at the moment, which means that most of the population does not even remember the time when the Soviet army was here, let alone any other history,” said Pour. The military district was established in Milovice under Austria-Hungary in 1904.
According to curator Zdenek Votava, the museum's rarest exhibits include, for example, a pedestal for a Model 37 heavy machine gun, which the city acquired for its collection from South America, or an Austro-Hungarian army artilleryman's jacket from 1910 found in nearby Vlkava. Most of the items come from Milovice and its surroundings, some are on loan from the Military Historical Institute or private collections. “Thanks to them, we can preserve the memory of the place and we are also here for new residents who move here and become interested in history, but there is not much left in the city and its surroundings,” said Votava.
Each of the periods it is presented with text panels, exhibits housed in built-in display cases and a mannequin dressed in the appropriate military uniform. The main exhibition in a room of approximately 150 square meters is divided into five time periods.
The museum also includes an exhibition of mosaics preserved from the socialist period. In addition to the large wall mosaic, which contains over 440,000 stones, people can view, for example, the restored glass mosaic from 1970.
The former military area of Milovice – Mladá was part of the airport, a large area of barracks, civilian apartments and other buildings . After the invasion of Warsaw Pact troops in 1968, Milovice was home to one of the largest bases of the middle group of Soviet army troops in Czechoslovakia. There were roughly 35,000 Soviet soldiers and civilians in Milovice. The last transport with Soviet soldiers left Milovice 32 years ago, on June 19, 1991.