Prague National Museum

Prague, Czech Republic

The National museum was founded 1818 in Prague by Kašpar Maria Šternberg. At present the National Museum houses almost 14 million items from the area of natural history, history, arts, music and librarianship, located in dozens of buildings. Due to major renovations the museum will be closed until 2017.

The main museum building is located on the upper end of Wenceslas Square and was built by prominent Czech neo-renaissance architect Josef Schulz from 1885 - 1891;before this the museum had been temporarily based at several noblemen’s palaces. With the construction of a permanent building for the museum, a great deal of work which had previously been devoted to ensuring that the collections would remain intact was now put toward collecting new materials.

During the 1968 Warsaw Pact intervention the main facade was severely damaged by strong Soviet machine-gun and automatic submachine-gun fire. The shots made numerous holes in sandstone pillars and plaster, destroyed stone statues and reliefs and also caused damage in some of the depositaries. Despite the general facade repair made between 1970 - 1972 the damage still can be seen because the builders used lighter sandstone to repair the bullet holes.



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Founded: 1818
Category: Museums in Czech Republic

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Justine (13 months ago)
Beautiful historical building - worth to see the interiors. Construction keeps going, even if it should end in 2019/2020. Only some random exhibitions available. All the interesting exhibits still can't be seen.
Neo “Nexuz” Sieber (14 months ago)
The prices are fair. You'll get a ticket for 9 Prague museum's and for a decent price. You can get a discount for students with valid Student ID. The old building of the museum is amazing. The view on top and Inside is really something. Now to the con's. The new building is closed completely except one room and the collection is very mixed and has no red line. In the old building there was also a lot closed. I am not quite sure if it has something to do with COVID, because the museum wasn't stuffed or anything. All in all I can't recommend it at this time cause the exhibition is way to small for a giant building like that. If you decide to go nonetheless try out the underground connection via tunnel. They play some nice movies down there. The whole museum still really reminds of the history of Praha, Bad and good Times. Thank you and have a good time.
Shivesh Karan (14 months ago)
Museum located in the heart of Prague with a lot of information and exhibitions on velvet revolution, ancient coins, minerals. Definitely worth the price. The building is also extremely beautiful.
Mariano De los Rios (14 months ago)
A bit expensive entrance ticket, the inside is super nice even though I feel that explanations are not the best, but their frames and roofs are amazing. I feel like guides or more information in different languages could be helpful for non Czech speakers. Besides that it was a nice experience being there.
The Filip (15 months ago)
Awesome place. Easy to get to. Near the Václav square. When I've been there there were really interesting exhibitions in addition to everything that's there usually. One about ancient Egypt pharaohs and the second one about Czechoslovakian pilots in WWII.
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