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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.

Roztoky Castle

Central Bohemia Museum Originally the castle from the 13th century, the building was reconstructed to be a Renaissance house from the 16th century. You will find a pleasant interior and chateau garden, with concerts being hosted there, as well as several exhibition halls of the Museum of Central Bohemia. There …

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Police Museum

The exhibition devoted to the activity and development of the security and police forces in the territory of the Czech Republic is installed at the premises of a renewed Augustinian Monastery founded by the Emperor Charles IV. Permanent exhibition: history, formation, development and function of the police forces in the …

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Czech Museum of Music

The location of the Czech Museum of Music is in the former Baroque church of St. Maria Magdalena in Lesser Town, built in the 17th century according to a project by Francesco Caratti. The permanent exhibition: Man – Instrument – Music presents musical instruments from abundant collections of the National …

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Comenius Pedagogical Museum

Museum about History of Education and Pedagogy Its task is to document the development of the Czech educational system based on the works of the Czech philosopher Comenius (1592–1670), who worked in Bohemia, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany and England, influencing the concept of education in a large part of the …

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Bedrich Smetana Museum

The museum of the founder of Czech modern music – Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884) – has been situated in the short street on the embankment since 1936. The facade of the Neo-Renaissance building (former Old Town mill) has graffito decoration by Mikuláš Aleš and František Ženíšek (the battle against the Swedes …

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Naprstek Museum

The complex of buildings originated at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries and became the property of the well-known patrons of the art Vojtěch Náprstek and his wife. They founded a specialised library in it, as a result of which the house was one of Prague’s centres of …

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Prague Sex Museum

The first museum in the world devoted to sexual gadgets. This is an exposition of mechanical erotic appliances, the purpose of which is to bring pleasure and allow extraordinary and unusual positions during intercourse. On an area of three floors there are more than 200 objects and mechanical appliances on …

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Museum of the Miniatures

Museum of the Miniatures is situated in Prague Castle Complex, just opposite the Toy Museum. Its unique exposition is a showcase of creations by Anatoly Konyenko, a master skilled in micro miniature technique. Using the magnifying glasses and lenses you will be astonished to see: a caravan of camels in …

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The Chocolate Museum

Chocolate lovers can find their nirvana in Prague. The Choc-Story Museum offers the history, collection of chocolate wrappers, demonstration and tasting of this glorious sweet. Visitors can also see the containers in which chocolate is blended, learn about its use for the health of the human body, and be taught …

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Postal Museum

Housed in the Vávrov dům, an old mill near one of Prague’s many water towers dates back to 18th December 1918. The date when the museum was founded has yet another symbolic meaning for the postal history of the new country, since that was the day when the first Czechoslovak …

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