In 1854 Leoš Janáček was born in Hukvaldy, the son of the head teacher at the local school. He has won worldwide acclaim for his musical genius, but throughout his life he was inspired mainly by the distinctive Lachian culture of his home region and the countryside surrounding his birthplace. The surroundings of Hukvaldy include many places which Janáček loved and often visited. The composer’s house – including the room where he worked and created many of its best-loved music – has remained unchanged since his death in 1928 thanks to his wife’s determination to preserve his memory. In 1933 it was opened to the public as a museum, including an exhibition on Janáček’s youth, his later life and his works. His birthplace now contains a memorial hall, an information centre and a gallery.