The Czech Republic's national museum is a vast, sprawling collection covering almost every aspect of Czech history, science, culture and national identity. All of this is housed in a grand neo-renaissance building occupying a prime location at the top of Wenceslas Square. The coin collection alone contains over half a million objects.
The building itself bears the scars of history. It was damaged by bombs during World War 2, and battered by Soviet machine gun fire during the Velvet Revolution of 1968.
this impressive neo-renaissance building houses the national museum. the museum was built in 1890 and was designed by josef schulz. the museum contains a collection of stuffed animals and minerals and gems. in my opinion the architecture of the museum out shines it's collection.
The facade was fabulous, but may need a cleaning sometime soon. The neo Renaissance style is from the construction period. It was founded in 1885-91 by architect Josef Schulz. The museum houses paleontology, geology, zoology, and anthropology; rocks, stuffed animals, heritage artifacts, etc. Count Sternberg who died in 1838 had donated many paleo items and later Count Palacky also contributed his effort to organize the museum in late 1800's.
NO PICTURES inside. They watch very closely.
Cost is 140 Kc, and it is open
St. Agnes of Bohemia Convent
a division of the National Gallery and an absolute gem, make the effort to visit
on Permanent display:
Czech Gothic art (Master of the Vyssí Brod Altar, Master of the Michle Madonna, Master Theodoric, Master of the Trebon Altar, works of beautiful style, Master of the Altar of the Knights of the Cross, Master of the Litomerice Altar, Master IP);
German and Austrian art (Master of Winkler`s Epitaph, A. Altdorfer, Lucas Cranach sr.),
Medieval arts and Crafts.
open daily 10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays
The national Museum is a big Neo-Renaissance building that dominates one of the extremities of the Venceslao square. The building was planned by Josef Schulz and it was completed in 1890. The entrance to the museum has got a decorated ramp with allegorical statues among which you can detach to the entry the History and the Natural History. The insides in marble is very beautiful.
The National Museum which was opened in 1891 is the largest and oldest museum in the Czech Republic and the neo-renaissance building dominates the upper end of Wenceslas Square. The permanent exhibitions include a history of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia, mineralogical & petrologic collections, zoological collections, paleontology collection and anthropological collection. The museum was hit by a bomb during WW2 but fortunately the main exhibits were being stored elsewhere. The building was repaired and reopened in 1947. During the Prague Spring in 1968 the building was hit again by machine gun fire from Russian Troops who mistook it for a Government Building.
The opening hours are:- Oct-Apr: Daily 09:00-17:00, May-Sep: Daily 10:00-18:00 & Closed the first Tuesday of the month. The basic admission charge is 110 czk.
The National Museum is housed in a majestic neo-renaissance building at the end of Václavské námesti, a big avenue in the new part of Prague. I remember best the grand hall with its beautiful staircase in marble. The museum houses a collection of minerals, rocks, and meteorites from the Czech and Slovak Republics. You can also learn more about the ancient history of the Czech lands through zoological and paleontological displays. Unfortunately the displays are only in Czech.
If you go on the first Monday of the month, entrance is free.
We called at the National Museum on our trip in December having not had time to go when we last visited in March, it was fantastic to see all the historical things linked to this fabulous city, country and beyond. When we called it was the first Monday of the month and we found out that it was free admission which was a pleasant surprise (it is normally 110czk to enter), don't go there on the first Tuesday of the month though as you will find the museum closed for cleaning. You cannot miss the museum it is located right at the top of Wenceslas Square.
Founded in 1818 as a regional natural history museum, the architectural symbol of the Czech National Revival was completed in 1890 in a Neo-Renaissance style. It stands at the upper part of the Wenceslas Square and it is more than 70 m high. Its hall, facade, staircase and ramp are decorated with sculptures made by famous artists.
Inside of the building are many historical paintings by Frantisek Zenísek, Václav Brozík and Vojtech Hynais. There are changing exhibitions as well as permanent collections devoted to archaeology, anthropology, mineralogy, natural history and numismatics.
I generally avoid going to Museums and my friend I was travelling with insisited that I visit it with him. Located right in the center of town on Wecslav square. it was an amazing experience. I particular liked the section where the animals are displayed how they used to exist in the past. All of them have been brought to life and it almost feels like a zoo inside. They are so realistic. Also, the life of the prehistoric men has been brought to life with very realistic depictions of their life styles. If you have kids, I suggest you MUST visit it.
It seems the rain came to spoil my photos! Fortunately the rain didn't stay longer! After 30 minutes it stopped so I could continue strolling around admiring the beautiful buildings on Wenceslas Square.
It was a bit later so i didn't have time to enter in the museum, so I leave you just an exterior pic.
Unless you are a great lover of rocks, minerals and displays of dead stuffed animals, leave a visit to the National Museum (Narodni Muzeum) in Prague for a very rainy day (or skip it altogether).
The building, is impressive, of course, and you can't miss it when visiting the city center as it is located at the very top of Wenceslas Square, commanding a view of the whole boulevard. In fact, the cupola is visible from quite a distance and served as a kind of compass for us as we wandered the streets.
The museum, of pinkish brown stone, with carved balustrades, rows of columns and a sweeping, palatial staircase is beautiful to look it. On the first landing as you climb the stairs sits a grand piano. A man at the entrance practically begged us to come in for a late afternoon concert. Half price, he said, and free for your little girl. But we had just landed in Prague and my daughter was too hungry and tired at that point.
Looking over the balustrade we saw a small group of grim-faced people gathered below, around a small patch of scorched sidewalk marked by a few flowers. From what I gathered, a protester had recently burned himself to death on that spot.
But to get back to the museum, no one seemed to be able to tell me what sort of museum it was. A national museum, yes. But did that mean art, or history or what? On our last day in Prague, it rained a bit, so we decided to give the place a try. What we found was a very old-fashioned museum boasting row after row of dark wood display cases full of rocks and minerals and shells. All the signs were in Czech. The guards were elderly women, very stern looking Communist-types. My husband almost sparked an international incident by leaning too close to one of the display cases. These ladies followed us around wherever we went.
One floor, smelling strongly of formaldehyde, featured stuffed animals and birds. A highlight was a collection of bottled human embryos and babies with various deformities.
The largest and oldest Czech museum founded in 1818 is housed in a monumental neo-renaissance building from the years 1885 - 1890 that dominates the Wenceslas Square.
Primeval history of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia * Mineralogical and petrological collections * Zoological collections * Palaeontological collection * Anthropological collection
May - September 10 - 18 daily
October - April 9 - 17 daily
closed on first Tuesdays of the month
every first Monday in a month no charge for admission
Es ell museo más grande y más antiguo checo, fundado el año 1818, tiene su sede en el destacado edificio del estilo neo-renacentista de los años 1885-1890 que domina la Plaza de Venceslao.
Historia prehistórica de Bohemia, Moravia y Eslovaquia · Exposición mineralógica y petrológica · Exposición zoológica · Exposición paleolontológica· Exposición antropológica
mayo - septiembre 10 - 18 todos los días
octubre - abril 9 - 17 todos los días
cada primer martes del mes cerrado
cada primer lunes del mes - entrada gratuita
This museum should be the largest one in Prague. The outlook of the building and the entrance hall (after the point of reception) are quite impressive. It was founded in 1818 as a natural history collection by a group of Czech aristocrats.
Main collections: Rocks, fossils and stuffed animals in the old-fashioned glass display cabinets. The captions are only in Czech and there are no information in English unless you buy a English version guide book in the museum shop.
I just walked through the displays as they are all in Czech which I cannot understand.
* Suggested length of visit: 1-2 hours
* No photography except extra fee (50kc) - a sticker will be given
* Get a building guide before touring
Ticket: Adult (100kc), Student/Child (50kc); free admission on every 1st monday of each month
Opening time: 1000-1800 (May - Sep); 0900-1700 (Oct - Apr); closed 1st Tuesday of each month
Located at the top of the hill in Wenceslas Square is the dark and gloomy NATIONAL MUSEUM. A refreshing fountain dances in front to liven things up a bit. Hans and I didn't go inside as it wasn't open the day we were there. Apparently it's closed on Tuesdays.
Usually open 10 - 6 p.m.
Adults 80 CZK
Children under 6 free