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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Gerald Perry Marin (18 months ago)
I don’t even know where to begin... This museum is probably one of the most beautiful museums I’ve ever seen in my life. Thanks to the initial renovation, it now looks grandiose - deserves to house the best and important historic pieces of Czech republic. Well worth your time!
Dirk-Jan Arts (18 months ago)
Completely renovated - staff are still new and inexperienced. The museum shop and cafeteria are more like temporary stalls still right now. Due to long queues, I recommend to buy tickets online. They only sell the standard and family tickets online though. For discounted tickets (museum pass members, seniors etc etc have to queue)
Jar-Jar BINKS (19 months ago)
It's a very great and wonderful monument in Praha in front of a big place. The view on the stairs is higher and amazing Inside its seems to be a train station. You can enter for free or do the full visit. Every tourist have to go there one time and we should began our travel at this place.
Sabrina (19 months ago)
Stunning with amazing architecture. We luckily did not have to wait in the long queue as I’m guessing they let people with kids and pushchairs in first as priority so that was good however, inside was a disappointment in terms of exhibitions there actually wasn’t a lot to look at the majority of it was closed off possibly under renovation I would avoid taking children if you can they get bored easily here
Gareth Wells (20 months ago)
From the old to the new, the Narodni is simply one of the must experience sights in Prague. The grandeur of the main building, in particular the stunning main atrium, perched above Prague's grand boulevard. The sleek style of the new building adjacent. We loved discovering the history and culture of the country through the museum, notably the CZ/SK exhibition about the establishment of Czechoslovakia and the amiable uncoupling 20 years ago. The refreshed museum, when it fully reopens, will be something truly amazing. The bistro in the new building is good, really good. Hot chocolate recommended. Staff friendly, efficient and forgiving of tourists mangling the Czech language. We visited the excellent Celts exhibition, being Celts ourselves. Fascinating to discover kinship with the Czechs...! All in all, highly recommend a visit. Give yourself plenty of time though. Even with a limited part of the collection on display, there's a wealth of fascinating objects and stories to discover.
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