Antonin Dvorak Exhibit

Antonin Dvorak


Dr. Antonin Dvorak, world-famous musician and composer, came to spend the summer of 1893 in Spillville, Iowa. Through a resident of Spillville he had learned of the village, and with his family he arrived from New York City by railroad early in June. It was said that the following morning, before many of the townspeople were astir, Dvorak arose and proceeded to the site of Riverside Park, along the Turkey River, to commune with nature and enjoy the sound of birds and feast his eyes on the beauties of the region.

While in Spillville, Dvorak composed the widely-known "American Quartette" and found the inspiration for "Humoresque", which was written after he left Spillville.

The Dvorak Exhibit, located on the second floor of the museum, has historical artifacts as well as written material on Dvorak and the time he spent in Spillville. Also on display are harmoniums (pump organs) like Dvorak played and composed music on during his visit.