2013 - The National Museum is closed for reconstruction for next 5 years.
May - September 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October - April 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1st Tuesday in a month
be carefull - it's not an art museum :) - there are departments: Paleonthology, Anthropology, Zoology, pre-history...
Across the road from the New National Museum, is the main National Museum, a neo-Renaissance buiiding founded by a couple of Czech aristocrats. It was built between the years 1885 -1890. Whilst it was being built, the collections were kept at various places in Prague until completion.
This lovely old building overlooks Wenceslas square and the statue of St. Wenceslas on his horse. It is built on the site of the former Horse Gate, so named because Wenceslas Square once served as the main Prague horse market.
I was looking forward to seeing the exhibit's and the staircases and the ceiling frescoes and the rest of the building. It was not to be, as greeting me was a notice declaring the Museum was closed for renovation's and wouldn't be open till JUNE 2015, so do remember this if your heart is set on seeing it.
With the inside closed, it was time to have a look at the outside and the magnificent Dome and two smaller Domes grabbing my attention straight away, another building copying the Pantheon in Rome. On the four sides of the dome stand the allegoric statues of Generosity, Love of Truth, Enthusiasm and Love of the Past.
IF you can see the inside, expect to see a relief portraying the Czech kings and 16 castles in Bohemia. The national Pantheon has bronze statues of Czech national saints and prominent figures. There are many more exhibit's, remember, you have to wait at least until June 2015 to see them!
I was quite impressed with this Museum. The Temporary exhibit's were good and so were the other exhibitions. It was interesting seeing old items and reading about how people lived in the Czech Republic years ago. There were displays of kitchen furniture, farm equipment, silver ware and appliances and much more.
Next, was the clothing worn, long gowns, bowler hats, pretty umbrella's and decorated walking sticks.
The clock display was excellent, as was the temporary display on the "life of children." It was a chance to see what the Czech children had to play with, what their school-room was like, and how they were dressed from babies to teenager's.
There was plenty to see and l liked what I saw!
More photo's in travelogue.
To give you an idea of what temporary exhibitions are like at the New National Museum, I will tell you about the couple I saw.
The first was the Monarchy Exhibition where I learnt about the Hapsburg Emperors. I liked the canvas oil painting of all the Bohemian Rulers, also including the dates they ruled, quite interesting.
There were lots of old oil paintings, photo's, models dressed in the clothing of the era, all sorts of items.
I thought this was a great exhibition, I thoroughly enjoyed looking around.
As we had alighted from the Metro at the "Muzeum" station, we decided to first have a look at what was inside the New National Museum. This building opened in 2009.
We entered throught the big glass doors and paid our admission fees, then I had a look at the Gift Shop. There was quite a lot of interesting pieces of jewelry, the usual postcards and plenty of souvenir books of Prague and lots of other stuff! On the opposite side, was the The Prager Café which is open between 10am-6pm.
The Museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions all the time. The temporary exhibitions I saw were "The Life of Children under Emperor Franz Joseph I,' and the "Monarchy Exhibition," both were great!
On entering the actual Museum area, we first sat down and watched a historical movie about Prague. This section has some great cut-outs about Prague
MUSEUM OPEN FROM...
Mon/Tues/Thurs to Sun 10am-6pm.
Wednesday 9 - 6pm 1st Wednesday of the month from 10 - 8pm
TOURS only with Czech guide.
On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, tours are held every 30 minutes; Monday-Friday tours are every hour. You can reserve a spot for an 11am or 3pm tour only, by phoning or emailing at least three days in advance: 224 497 444
ADMISSION PRICES IN 2013
Family ticket 170czk
Children under 6 years - FREE
The National Museum is right at the foot of Wenceslas Square, founded in 1818.
This building houses the natural history, while several of the other collections are located throughout the city. This branch is particularly strong in archeology, botany and the physical sciences.
Interestingly, one of the first major supporters of the museum, Count Sternberk, was an avid botanist, perhaps explaining the strong scientific bend of the museum originally.
Due to major renovations the Museum on Wenceslas Square is closed at least until 2015 or 2016.
One of the first words I learned in Czech this time was Národní, meaning national, since there are lots of "national" things in Prague.
As a non-nationalist I am not terribly enthusiastic about this. I tend to agree with Karl W. Deutsch (1912-1992), who was born in Prague and studied here until the Nazis seized power. He then moved to America and became a professor at MIT, Yale and Harvard. In his book Nationalism and its alternatives he wrote that a nation is a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbors. (This statement is often quoted in various forms; I don't know which is the original.)
Anyway, in Prague there is a National Theater (Národní divadlo) which is on the National Street (Národní ulice), and of course there is also a National Museum (Národní muzeum).
I didn't visit the National Museum this time, thinking I could go there any old time when the weather wasn't so good, but now it turns out that the main museum building at Wenceslas Square will be closed for badly needed repairs and reconstruction work for nearly four years from July 2011 to June 2015.
The museum website lists various problems that have arisen since this building was first opened in 1891, including damage by a German bomb in 1945 and machine-gun fire by Russian soldiers in 1968, followed by damage during the construction of the Metro station (line A) in 1978.
The website also says: "The greatest threat to the building was probably the thoughtless and insensitive construction of the so-called North-South Highway which was taken right through the centre of the city, the two sides of which embraced the National Museum itself. The paradox is that the opening ceremony for this highway in 1978 was held in the Pantheon of the National Museum. The building has been cut off from Wenceslas Square by the lower lanes of the motorway, both as regards communications and also visibly, and has begun to suffer from the excessive noise, dangerously high level of dust and constant vibrations."
This is the same motorway which cuts off the State Opera from the rest of the city.
The museum website notes that "the problem of the motorway has not been solved satisfactorily yet."
When I joined a bus tour, we just stopped in front of the museum and took photos of the museum and Nove Mesto. I told myself that when I visit Prague again, I would go inside the national museum and I did.
The queue to the ticket office was a bit long but I decided to wait just the same. And it was worth it. I can not think of another museum I have visited so far which displays a lot of mineral/precious stones. And the exhibitions of creatures that lived in and around Czech are awesome. There were proofs that species I thought were just created in movies really existed. I was really impressed.
The Czechs have also designed an area to make it enjoyable for young visitors (kids) to enjoy and learn in the national museum. It was so cute; you've got to see it.
The National Museum located at the South end of the Wenceslas Square is Prague's natural history museum. While it has a good collection and examples of fossils, minerals, rocks, stuffed animal, the early human exhibition is well done and extremely interesting. It appeared they dug up an CZ ancestor 3-4K years old, left the burial situation intact and displayed it. There was no admittance fee the morning I went - why? I have no idea. But they did charge about $.50 if I wanted to take pictures. I know that VT forbids nude photos, but they will just have to deal with it.
National museum is a monumental neo-renaissance building, built in 1885 - 1890 according to a design by architect Josef Schulz occupies the site, which was once the Empire-style Horse gateway of Wenceslas square. The central hall has been decorated by czech artists.
The long-term exhibitions are: Zoological, Anthropological, Paleontological, Mineralogical, Osteological and Prehistory of Bohemia and also in 2nd floor is the exposition of portrait busts of czech artists, presidents...
Opening time check out here http://www.nm.cz/
Every first Monday of a month is for free.
Czech national museum is the biggest one in Czech Republic. Exhibition is associated with Czech history, culture, nature. The museum was founded in 1818, but it still hasn’t had one big place to put all exhibits together. The building was finished to construct in 1891, neo – Renaissance style, architect was Josef Schulz (the one who designed National theater and Rudolfinum).
20th century was sad for museum. At first, it was damaged by two bombs during World War II, later same happened in time of intervention of Warsaw Pact forces (communistic block) in 1968.
Building is centralized and looks really nicely from places around (eg. Wesceslas square), especially cupola part, under it pantheon of famous Czech is created, consisting sculptures to honour them.
This is the Czech National Museum located by the Wenceslas Square. Depends on the weather conditions, the time I was in Prague was so great sunny that I had to explore the city by foot and I left the museum visit for the time I will be here in the rain.
Next time I will be in Prague I will take more time and visit the National Museum too as I've heard it interesting.
For the moment I know that this is a good point of reference for a Prague tour. The metro station "Narodni Muzeum" takes you out just in front of this big building and at the beginning of the Vaclavske Namesti - the wide street/promenade going north-west to Stare Mesto.
The National Museum / Narodni muzeum is situated at the Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti). The building was build in the 1880s by Josef Schulz and has a neo-Renaissance style. This Museum was build as an architectural symol of the Czech National Revival.
Nowadays you will find displays of rocks, fossils and stuffed animals in the museum.
When you are standing in front of the National Museum you are overlooking the square. Which has really nice views.
Located in a Neo-Renaissance building on the top of the Wenceslao Square, it's one of the most important museums in Prague. It was founded in 1818 as the Patriotic Museum of Bohemia, and always has been a symbol of the Czech nation.