- Posted August 28, 2013 by
The Dvorak Exhibit; Preserving America's History of Famous Composer Dr.Antonin Dvorak
While in Spillville, Dvorak composed the widely-known "American Quartette" and found the inspiration for "Humoresque", which was written after he left Spillville.
The Bily Clocks Museum & Antonin Dvorak Exhibit has been a favorite attraction of young and old for many years. Visitors return year after year to the enchanting town of Spillville, Iowa, to marvel at the unique clocks that two brothers, Frank and Joseph Bily (bee-lee) hand-carved. The clocks depict history, art, religion and culture and are covered with hundreds of expertly carved figures. Some stand over nine feet tall.
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.