Starting 21 May 2020 the Völkerkundemuseum Herrnhut is open again regularly from 9 to 17 (except Monday).
"Remember the past time..." 250 Years of Unity Archive
The Unity Archive, the archive of the Moravian Church, was founded 250 years ago. On the occasion of this anniversary the exhibition being a cooperation project of the Unity Archive and the Ethnographical Museum Herrnhut shows a cross-section of the holdings and the collection of the archive.
Both institutions are in close connection to each other. While the ethnographic collections from the missionary lands of the Moravian Church found a permanent place in the museum that was founded in 1878, the archive primarily holds written and visual documents from the time of the Herrnhut mission. Its previous history dates back more than 600 years to the time of Jan Hus († 1415). Historic books pass on the old Bohemian-Moravian Unity of Brethren. Portraits in oil depicting the family of Duke Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760) have been preserved. On his property the renewed Unity of Brethren was built in 1727. Zinzendorf and members of the Unity of Brethren corresponded with many contemporaries in Europe.
As a missionary free church the Unity of Brethren has worked abroad since 1732. This worldwide commitment is mirrored in extensive exhibition projects, documentations and collections, in records, prints, paintings, drawings, photographs as well as in ethnographic, natural and folk objects.