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 largest museum institution in the Czech Republic, permanently exhibits the following collections: Prehistory of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia; Mineralogy and Petrology, Palaeontology; Zoology, Anthropology – Human Bones are speaking, Osteological collections (Skeletons of mammals). At some time, a long-term Exhibition of the Numismatics Department – Orders and Decorations of European Countries in the 19th and early 20th centuries occurs.
Location: Wenceslas Square 68, webiste
Open: low season open daily 10 am-6 pm; summer open daily 9 am-5 pm; 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 and 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 9 am-9 pm.
Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments
Heretics, witches and state enemies were all tortured or burned at stake. It might sound morbid, but the Inquisition and torture is part of Europe’s history. The experience of visiting the torture instruments’ museum 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
There are over 60 wax figures of Czech and world history personalities, politics, science, culture, and sports. The museum has two branches.
Open: daily from 9 am until 8 pm, 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 house exhibits sciences like acoustics and astronomy and means of transport, time measurement.
Location: Kostelní 42, Prague 7, websiteOpen: 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.
You can see postage stamps from 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, 11 am-7 pm.
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 regularly offered 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, 1 pm-6 pm. 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, 10 am-5 pm.
Brewing Industry Museum U Fleků
Location: Křemencova 11, Prague 1, websiteOpen: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat and Sun 10am-4pm
Restaurant: pub capacity: 1,200 seats; garden: 400 seats
Open: daily 9am-11pm.
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 9 am-5 pm; high season 10 am-6 pm.
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 11 am-6 pm.
Naprstek´s Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures
Location: Betlémské nám. 1, Old Town, website
Open: Tue-Sun 10 am-6 pm; closed every Mon.
The Monuments of the Nation’s Past.
Location: Jiřská 3, Prague Castle, website
Open: daily, except Mon, 9 am-5 pm; 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, 10 am-6 pm; on the first Thu of every month, entry is free.
Bedřich Smetana Museum
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.
This houses a display of the life and work of Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904). More info.
Location: Ke Karlovu 20, Prague 2, websiteOpen: daily, except Mon, 10am-1.30pm and 2-5.30pm.
The main building of the 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 9 am-6 pm; on the first Thu of every month it is open 9 am-8 pm.
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 house 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 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.