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Prague’s charming Charles Bridge, castle and Astronomical Clock are the main attractions, but there are also numerous art galleries and museums which you can visit on a rainy or cold day when walking is not that great. Most museums can be viewed in an afternoon, and often less. It is also good to know that a large number of museums have free admission one or two days a month. Many museums and galleries are closed on Monday. See our complete listing of Prague Museums.

The museums of the city provide an intriguing picture of Czech history and of the Jewish people of Prague. A further surprise for tourists not familiar with Czech culture, is the Gothic and Baroque art of those periods and the art of the nineteenth century Czech National Revival.

Recommended museums:

Army Museum. Extensive collection of World War I and World War II uniforms, weapons, battle dioramas and other Czech and foreign military staff.

National Museum – the Czech Republic’s largest museum, dedicated to everything from the natural sciences to specialised social sciences, and its rich exhibitions have enough to keep practically every visitor interested.

The Prague Jewish Museum is one of Prague’s most popular attractions, as well as being one of the country’s most visited museums. Originally, it was established with the aim of preserving the valuable objects threatened by the demolition and subsequent reconstruction of the Jewish quarter. The basis of the museum’s collection is the liturgical objects from the demolished synagogues, and exhibitions are housed in the Maisel, Spanish, Klaus and Pinkas synagogues on the premises of the Old Jewish Cemetery.

The Technical Museum at Letná presents the history of technology. The focus of its exhibitions is on transport, chronology, photography and film, and mining.

Mozart Museum (Bertramka) – the Bertramka estate is famous thanks to W.A. Mozart, who stayed there with the famous soprano Dušková in October 1787 and in August and September 1791. Today the museum is located in the Bertramka villa, where concerts and social events are also held. The museum has on display documents, prints, engravings, manuscripts, letters, paintings, music notes, instruments and other mementos of Mozart’s visit to Betramka and Prague.

Franz Kafka Museum. Long-term exhibition of Franz Kafka’s works (1883-1924).

Mucha Museum. The museum is dedicated to Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), Czech art nouveau artist.

Lapidarium. The Lapidarium houses many of the Czech Republic’s most valuable stone sculptures from the 11th to the 20th century.

Dvorak Museum. Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). The museum focuses on collecting, maintaining and displaying documents concerning the maestro’s life and work, such as music autographs and correspondence.

Museum of Communism. Remember the tragic history of the Communist regime with a huge archive of photographs and other relics.

Czech Museum of Fine Arts. The museum houses temporary exhibitions of 20th-century and contemporary art.

Czech Museum of Music. Displays a unique collection of musical instruments from grand pianos and harpsichords to trombones, tubas and hurdy-gurdies.

Tip: The most interesting legends and ghosts of old Prague await you in the museum Mysteriae Pragensis.

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, …

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National Museum in Prague

At the head of Wenceslas Square is the National museum. It is a Czech scientific institution intended to establish, prepare and publicly exhibit natural scientific and historical collections. The largest and oldest Czech museum is housed in a monumental neo-renaissance building designed by Josef Schulz in the 1880s. At present …

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Tourist Traps

As with any tourist destination, there are some places designed to bring you in and separate you from your money.  These tourist traps can be fun, but they can also be a waste of time.  Here are some that you might want to avoid.   Sex Machine Museum The name …

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Toy Museum

Close to Golden Lane (at the courtyard of Burgrave’s House) is this nice little place with lots of antique trains, teddy bears and dolls, complete with English-language signs on most of them. There are not many things children are allowed to touch, but there are plenty of mysterious mechanical objects, such …

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Mucha Museum in Prague

Dedicated to the life and work of the world-acclaimed Czech Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) it can be found in the Baroque Kaunický Palace. A collection of over 100 exhibits includes; Mucha’s trademark Slavic maidens with flowing hair and piercing blue eyes, bearing symbolic garlands and linden boughs, paintings, …

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Charles Bridge Museum

Visitors can learn more about Charles Bridge, its construction, its changes over the centuries, and its works of sculpture. Visitors can also learn more about the predecessor of Charles Bridge – Judith’s Bridge. The midpoint of the exhibition is a newly-made model of the bridge in the 14th century, depicting …

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The Eco-Technical Museum

For many years, officials in Prague have been trying to open up the city’s sewers as a potential tourist attraction, no doubt inspired by the Viennese sewers and their attraction to those interested in the novel Third Man, written by Carol Reed. Thus far however, efforts to do this have …

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The Czech Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum was founded in 1963 as a regional gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, and formed part of a network of state galleries in former Czechoslovakia. It began its activities at Nelahozeves Castle near Prague, where in 1964 it opened a permanent exhibition of Czech modern art. This was …

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Ghosts and Legends Museum

We walk through everyday Prague, around its walls, and we don’t know which stories took place behind them. We walk streets with our eyes on the paving and often don’t see higher than a metre above the ground. The museum can open, at least partly, our eyes, so we can …

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Musaion (Kinsky Summer House)

A permanent ethnographical exhibition of the National Museum dedicated to the folk culture of the Czech Republic (material and spiritual culture, folk art, collections of folk clothes, ways of living, methods of farming and customs), is supplemented by displays of folk crafts and handicraft techniques, regular folklore concerts, educational programmes …

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