museums & Collections

Falconry Museums in the World


Valkerij Valkenswaard Museum (Netherlands)

The Valkerij Valkenswaard Museum tells us about the catching and training of falcons in Valkenswaard in the period from 1650 to the middle of the 19th century. It also tells about how and why the falconers of Valkenswaard offered their birds and services to every important European principality.

In the museum is possible to see: slide presentation on the past of the Falconry in Valkenswaard; representation of a farmer’s living room and of a falconer’s livingroom, about 1750; survey of the travelling of the Valkenswaard’s falconers; information on catching and training falcons; model of a catching place; catching with falcons, represented in a lifelike diorama; attributes for falconry; works of art, books and other documentation on falconry.

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Museum Ohrada

Museum Ohrada

Museum Ohrada

Archives of Falconry Museum (USA)

It was founded in 1986 by the Peregrine Fund and is located at The Fund’s World Centre for Birds of Prey. The Archives owes it existence to Lt. Col. S. Kent Carnie, an American Falconer who started it from a very small office at the Peregrine Fund and over the years it has expanded to become what it is today. The goal of the Archives is to collect evidence and the history of falconry worldwide and document the falconer’s role in raptor conservation.

The Archives of Falconry contains the most comprehensive English-language falconry library in the world. The Archives includes falconry books, articles and essays, manuscripts, equipment, memorabilia, art, field notes, and a substantial media collection on the ancient sport of falconry. Modern falconers were instrumental in organizing the successful recovery effort of the once-endangered Peregrine Falcon.

The collection and preservation of falconry-related materials is the priority of The Archives and nearly 100 accessions from individuals and clubs were added this past year.

The addition of the Sheikh Zayed Arab Falconry Heritage Wingin 2006 has greatly increased the number of visitors to the Archives. Through the generosity of His Excellency, Mohamed Al Bowardi, the Managing Director of Abu Dhabi's Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency and a falconer himself, the tent and all its traditional fittings, including wall-to-wall oriental carpets, cushions, and the complete accoutrements for roasting, grinding, brewing, and serving traditional Bedu coffee, were given to Ken personally for use at the meet.

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The British Archive of Falconry

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The British Archives of Falconry (UK)

A group of enthusiasts in falconry history got together with the support of The British Falconer’s Club and the Falconry Heritage Trust and founded the British Archives of Falconry in 2010. The Falconry Heritage Trust was doing much to record the history of falconry digitally, but it was thought that there was a need in the UK and Ireland to have a physical archive along the lines of the Archives of Falconry in Boise, USA. At the present time the British Archives are someway off having a museum and archive building of there own but aim to in the future.

The British Archives of Falconry have already amassed a good collection of falconry items, which is growing daily. They record every item on a digital database when it arrives, photograph it and digitally copy it, where appropriate. The archives have secure storage space where all the items are kept and looked after until they can be moved to a permanent archive building. The archives are also putting together a database of the location of falconry items in existing collections around the UK and forging links with these collections. The aim is to make these archives available to falconers, researchers and students from around the world.

The collection and preservation of falconry-related materials is the priority of The Archives and nearly 100 accessions from individuals and clubs were added this past year.

The British Archives of Falconry have a good committee of hard working falconers with an interest in archives and their Honorary Patrons are Sidney (Kent) Carnie and Roger Upton.

They aim to work closely with other archive groups around the world and would like to see archives developed in the rest of the falconry world.

Museum Ohrada

Museum Ohrada

Ohrada Hunting Museum (Czech Republic)

Ohrada was built between 1708 - 1713 in the baroque style by architect IM Bayer for Prince Schwarzenberg AF as a hunting lodge, which was used to organize hunts and hunting ostentatious celebrations.

The Hunting Museum at Ohrada founded in 1842, when there were concentrated extensive collection of hunting trophies and stuffed animals and are among our oldest museums. It is one of the oldest Czech museums in general.

The museum is located on the shore of Munický fish-pond, with the Ohrada zoo garden in close vicinity.

The museum organizes events for the public of which the best known are the National game-keeper festivities, which take place in June every year.

A dedicated Falconry Wing opened in 2011 following the UNESCO recognition of falconry

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Museum on hunting in Gien (France)

Installed since 1952 in the castle of Anne de Beaujeu (late fifteenth century), the museum houses collections that evoke the different hunting techniques (venery, falconry, hunting and shooting, trapping) and presents a selection of artworks (paintings, tapestries, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics from the sixteenth to the twentieth century) on this subject. Established jointly by the town of Gien and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the Museum of shooting and falconry, became in 1961 the International Museum of hunting is one of the largest museums in Europe hunting.

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Museum Ohrada

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Falconry Museum, Almaty (Kazakistan)

The Museum is called Zheti Kazyna (The Seven Treasures) - a common term among Kazakhs. The Seven Treasures are associated with the life of the horseman and include the spirited horse, the golden eagle, the tazy (a hunting dog), the gun, the trap net and the dirk (a small knife).

The horse is the wings of the Khazak, the eagle - his power, the tazy - a true companion, the a rifle - furious fire and strong language, the net - his tricks and resourcefulness, the dirk - his appearance inspiring fear. Herein lies the essence of what the Kazakhs Zheti Kazyna associate with family wealth (Zheti Yrys).

The main exhibition is related to falconry, equipment, trophies and documentsand is located in Kazakhstan’s Almaty region in the village of Nura in a small house. Nura village is famous for the fact that there are currently living there about 20 hunters berkutchi. Att the museum a few live birds of prey and hunting tazy may also be seen.

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Falconry Museum, Klyazma Forest-Park (Russia)

The Museum was opened in 2010.

 

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Katara Cultural Village, Doha (Qatar)

The Katara Cultural Village in Doha celebrates many cultural activities, including one that is core to the Qatari people - falconry. The most striking building is the Giant Hood, built to house an interactive multimedia exhibit for visitors wishing to learn about the rich heritage of Qatar falconry. Also in the complex is the oldest veterinary clinic for falcons in the Middle East.

 

 

 

 

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Falconry Museum, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

In the region of Al-Markad near Dubai the falconry centre has appeared. The centre included bazaar, Museum and special plot for sale of hunting birds of prey. New Museum tells on falconry history in Arabian Peninsula, and for all visitors, who express desire, the specialists of the centre demonstrate the skills of the trained falcons. The tourists, thus, can learn a lot about habitat and life mode of falcons and also to be in the skin of the real hunter. Falconry centre is situated not far from camel’s market and hippodrome for camel racing in Nad-ash-Shebba.

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