Museums in Prague

Museums and art galleries usually open from 10-6 and are closed on Mondays (exceptions include the Jewish Museum's synagogues - closed Saturday).

 

The National Museum

The National Museum, the largest museum institution in Czech Republic which permanently exhibits following collections: Prehistory of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia; Mineralogy and Petrology, Palaeontology; Zoology, Anthropology - Human Bones are speaking, Osteological collections (Skeletons of mammals). At the sometime a long-term Exhibition of the Numismatics Department - Orders and Decorations of European Countries in the 19th and early 20th centuries takes place.

Location: Wenceslas Square 68, webiste
Open: low season open daily 10am-6pm; summer open daily 9am-5pm; on the first Tuesday of every month it is closed
Admission: free 1st Monday of each month otherwise 100 CZK.

 

Museum of Communism

The museum is the only one of its kind in Prague and is also rated as a top tourist attraction by visitors to Prague. It presents the atmosphere of the communist era in Czechoslovakia and Prague in particular. The layout follows the origins, dreams and reality of communism as well as the nightmares of interrogation and imprisonment. There is photography, video, sounds and displays as well as text in several world languages.

Location: Prague 1, Savarin Palace-first floor, Na příkopě10, website
Open: daily including public holidays 9am-9pm.

 

Museum of Communism

This museum is dedicated to the fine art nouveau work of the artist Alfons Mucha, with some of his most famous pieces on display here. These include the Slav Epic paintings, original theatrical posters and The Four Flowers – one of his most recognizable works. Perhaps of even more interest though are the photographs of Mucha and his eclectic mix of friends – it I the only time that you are likely to see Paul Gauguin without his trousers on! www.mucha.tyden.cz

 

Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments

Heretics, witches and state enemies were all tortured or burned at the stake. It might sound morbid, but the Inquisition and torture is part of Europe's history. To be honest, the experience of visiting the torture instruments' museum is one that can have a powerful effect on any person. All explanations and comments are in English.

Location: Mostecká 21, Prague 1
Getting there: Take tram 12, 20, 22 or 23 to Lesser Town Square
Open: daily 10am-10pm.

 

Wax Museum Prague

There are over 60 wax figures of personalities of Czech and world history, politics, science, culture and sports. The museum has two branches.

Open: daily from 9am until 8pm, website
Location 1: Mostecká 18 (Wax Museum of Czech History)
Location 2: Melantrichova 5 (Wax Museum of World Personalities).

 

The Museum of Czech Cubism

The époque of cubism within world culture applied mostly to paintings and sculptures, and its architectural primacy is in Prague. This is an exhibition of Czech cubism from 1910 to 1919.

Location: The House At the Black Madonna, Ovocny trh 19, Prague 1, website
Open: daily 10am-6pm.
Admission: 100 CZK.

 

The National Technical Museum

This houses exhibits from sciences like acoustics and astronomy, and also of means of transport, time measurement.

Location: Kostelní 42, Prague 7, website
Open: Tue-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat, Sun and holidays 10am-6pm; first Friday in each month from 12pm entry free.

 

Prague Public Transport Museum

This houses historical transportation originals, models, written documents, photographs and drawings.

Location: Patočkova 4, Prague 6 (tram depot Střešovice), website
Open: Sat, Sun 9am-5pm.

 

Postal Museum

Here you can see postage stamps of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, and classic postage stamps from Europe and the USA

Location: Nové mlýny 2/1239, Prague 1, website
Open: daily, except Mon, 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm.

 

Postcards Family Museum

This houses a unique collection of postcards from 1890 to 1930, which maps the origin and development of the postcard as postal stationery.

Location: Choco Cafe, Liliová 4/250, Prague 1, website
Open: daily, except Mon, 11am-7pm. 

 

The Museum of Children's Pictures

The Museum of Children's Drawings is a great place for the whole family to stop into, with regular interactive options for kids to see and create their own masterpieces. The hands-on experiences offered regularly at the Museum of Children's Drawings is a fun way for the kids to spend an hour or two, learning of the significance of art, and how they can participate in such a form of cultural preservation.

Location: U Radnice 13/8, Prague 1,
Open: daily, except Mon, 1pm-6pm. Admission fee: 40 CZK, 20 CZK for children.

 

The Police Museum of the Czech Republic

Location: Ke Karlovu 453/1, Prague 2, website
Open: daily, except Mon, 10am-5pm.

 

Brewing Industry Museum U Fleků

Location: Křemencova 11, Prague 1, website
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat and Sun 10am-4pm
Restaurant: pub capacity: 1,200 seats; garden: 400 seats
Open: daily 9am-11pm.

 

Musaion

This is the ethnographical exhibition of the National Museum dedicated to the folk culture of the Czech Republic

Location: The Kinský Summer House, Prague 5, Kinského zahrada 98, website
Open: daily, except Mon, low season 9am-5pm; high season 10am-6pm.

 

The Exhibition of Historical Pharmacies

This presents a history of pharmacy in the Czech lands from the 16th to the 19th century.

Location: Nerudova 32, Prague 1
Open: Tue-Sun and holidays 11am-6pm.

 

Naprstek´s Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures

Location: Betlémské nám. 1, Old Town, website
Open: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm; closed every Mon.

 

The Lobkowicz Palace

The Monuments of the Nation's Past.

Location: Jiřská 3, Prague Castle, website
Open: daily, except Mon, 9am-5pm; on every first Wed of each month entry is free.

 

The Czech Museum of Music

This is a presentation of musical instruments. It is an outstanding proof of art and craftsmanship, and acts as a basic mediator between humans and music.

Location: Karmelítská 2/4, Prague 1, website
Open: daily, except Tue, 10am-6pm; on the first Thu of every month entry is free

 

Bedřich Smetana Museum

The life and work of the famous Czech musician Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) are displayed here. You can see many letters, documents, scores and musical instruments. He is best known abroad for his emotionally charged symphonic poem, Ma vast (My homeland) and also for fine chamber music. He also composed numerous operas for the National Theatre, including The Bartered Bride and The Kiss.

Location: Novotného lávka 1, Prague 1
Open: daily, except Tue, 10am-12pm and 12.30pm-5pm.

 

Antonín Dvořák Museum

This houses a display of the life and work of Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904). More info.

Location: Ke Karlovu 20, Prague 2, website
Open: daily, except Mon, 10am-1.30pm and 2-5.30pm.

 

Prague City Museum

Main building of museum 'Na Florenci' presents the development of Prague from the earliest settlement of the Prague Basin to the year 1784. The most famous exhibit is Langweill's Model of Prague from the years 1826 to 1837. Its technical perfection, scope, masterly craftsmanship and grace rank this model, with a total area of 20 sq m, among the unique models of its kind in the world.

Location: Na Poříčí 52, Prague 1, website
Open: daily 9am-6pm; on the first Thu of every month it is open 9am-8pm.

 

Museum of Decorative Arts

Here you will find stories of materials, such as glass, ceramics, commercial art, furniture, textiles, books and placards.

Location: ul. 17. listopadu 2, Prague 1, website
Open: daily Tue 10am-7pm (every Tue 5-7pm free entry), Wed-Sun 10am-6pm.

 

The Kampa Museum

This houses works by the Czech painter František Kupka (1871-1957), Cubist sculptural works by Otto Gutfreund from the period 1911 to 1914 and Jiff KoIář, and also present-day Central-European art by important Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian and Yugoslavian artists mainly from the 1960s to 1980s complemented with other short-term exhibitions.

Location: U Sovových mlýnů 2, Lesser Town, website
Open: daily 10am-6pm.

 

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum manages the following historical buildings: Maisel Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue, Ceremonial Hall, Old Jewish Cemetery, Robert Guttmann Gallery, Old-New Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetry in Žižkov.

Open: daily except Saturdays and Jewish holidays. High season 9am-6pm; low season 9am-4.30pm. website

 

Tip: When you're in Prague, make sure you visit the Mucha Museum. Mucha was famous for his modern art. The museum was opened in 1998 and was very long-awaited.
 


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