The Central Otava Basin Museum in Strakonice is funded by the South Bohemian Region. It is located in Strakonice Castle, founded by the Bavors of Strakonice at the confluence of the Otava and Volyňka rivers in the first quarter of the 13th century. The well-preserved castle compound is one of the oldest and most extensive in Bohemia, and the Ministry of Culture made it a National Cultural Monument in 1995.
The museum exhibitions are located in the palace in the southern part of the castle. The eleven rooms introduce visitors to the region’s history from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages up to the latter half of the 20th century. There are outstanding exhibits of bagpipes and bagpipe music in Bohemia, motorcycles and other exhibits of the legendary local ČZ brand, exhibits on the Rožmberks and the Order of Malta knights in the Strakonice district. Other attractions include the Rumpál castle lookout tower, the chapter house with cloisters and well-preserved murals from the 14th and 15th centuries, newly renovated smoke kitchen, and the National Cultural Monument medieval water mill in Hoslovice with functional milling equipment and a new ethnographic exhibition on life in the Podlesí. The Museum has been running this uniquely well-preserved technical heritage site since 2005, and organizes attractive cultural and crafts events with traditional bread-baking from April to October.