Parliament represents the legislative power and is elected by us, the citizens. The right to vote is therefore associated with the possibility to participate in the management of public affairs. How does a person, a citizen, rooted in a certain environment and society, make their decisions? Did campaigns and propaganda work differently it the past? How did the right to vote and the institution of parliament change over the time? These are just a few questions that you will be able to answer for yourself when visiting our exhibition. The National Monument at Vítkov is a place where commemorative and ceremonial acts associated with the Czech statehood take place so it is no coincidence that it is here where the exhibition Parliament! takes place.
First-hand experience is often non-transferable. And yet our history is the closest thing we can draw on. We will travel through time back and forth to see the changes of parliamentarism in the Czech territory. The exhibition includes models of parliament buildings, historically valuable exhibits as well as personal objects of several key parliamentarians, such as the top hat of Karel Kramář or the senatorial card of Františka Plamínková, a politician and promoter of emancipation. The exhibition begins in the revolutionary year of 1848, and continues to the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, the establishment of Czechoslovakia, the Protectorate and limited post-war democracy, the communist regime after 1948 to the first fully democratic period of the Czechoslovak state between 1989 and 1992.
Parliament! it is not just a window into history, it allows you to become part of the times and find out what might have been your party of choice in some of the crucial elections, including the so-called first general election in 1907, the 1935 election won by the Sudeten German Party, the 1946 election with the victory of the Communist Party, and finally the 1992 election, which led to the disintegration of the federal republic.
National(ist) policies in Europe still raise a number of questions today. Do you believe you have a better solution for this issue? In our virtual game, you can step in the shoes of an MP trying to enforce legislation related to this topic. It is not just about defending your ideas, decisions are made with full awareness of political reality (coalition, opposition), public opinion, your image in the media and, last but not least, with the ultimate goal of being re-elected.