In 1865 an Augustinian priest Gregor Mendel created a genetical theory on the origin and development of plant hybrids. His theory became the basis of a new science on heredity and variation – genetics. The aim of the exhibition Mendelianum is to present the world of genetics. The Visitor Centre Mendelianum has been created in the very premises where Mendel’s scientific society used to hold its meetings and invites to a unique trip into the world of genetics, science and research.
It also provides an attractive insight into the world of genetics and molecular biology not only to students but also to the general public. Thanks to the connection of historical premises, where the founder of genetics Johann Gregor Mendel worked, with a top equipped laboratory the visitors can actively try numerous methods and laboratory techniques from pollination of pea flowers to gene expression. The aim of the project is to strengthen the interest of the public in research in the field of genetics and molecular biology and to present, in a popular-scientific form, practical and social impacts of discoveries in this field. Part of the activities of the Centre is an interactive school including five mobile laboratories. They are to popularize the latest scientific knowledge among secondary school students.
The Mendelianum Centre follows up with the tradition of the research of the scientific and cultural bequest of one of the greatest scientists in the worldwide history, Johann Gregor Mendel. The new permanent exhibition shows the progress made by science in the 150 years following the publication of Mendel’s epochal work Experiments in Plant Hybrids.