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    For Mineral Lovers Only

    by gilabrand Updated Aug 9, 2006

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    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.

    Good for a VERY rainy day
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    Narodni Museum

    by Pupa Written Feb 9, 2005

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    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.
    Opening hours:
    daily 10 a.m. - 6 a.m. (May to Spetember),
    daily 9 a.m. - 5 a.m. (October to April),
    every first Tuesday in a month - closed,
    every first Monday in a month no charge for admission.
    Ticket price - 100Ck, for students - 50Ck, for taking pictures inside or video - 50Ck.
    Really a great huge place to spend a couple of hours.

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    Exhibitions

    by Pupa Written Feb 9, 2005

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    There are lots of exhibitions in the National Museum, like Mineralogical and petrological collections, Zoological collection (really scary;), Palaeontological collection, Anthropological collection...i was impressed by all of them!

    stones....=)
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    Football exhibition!

    by Pupa Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    Football fans! Don't miss this one;-)
    Lots of interesting things and different trophies, also a big screen showing the most exciting moments of the game and a small football field where they show black and white videos of old games.

    one of the rooms of the football exhibition
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    NATIONAL MUSEUM

    by LoriPori Written Aug 31, 2005

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    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

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    National museum

    by Makisha Written Jul 12, 2004

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    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, fa?ade, staircase and ramp are decorated with sculptures made by famous artists. Inside of the building are many historical paintings.There are changing exhibitions as well as permanent collections devoted to archaeology, anthropology, mineralogy, natural history and numismatics.
    Opened: Mon- Sun 10:00 - 18:00
    Closed every first Tuesday of the month
    Entrance fee: adults 100 CZK, reduced fee 50 CZK, children up to 6 years of age free,
    Family entrance fee (max. 2 adults, total 4 persons) 120 CZK
    School groups (on days of school education) each 30 CZK
    Every first Monday entrance free
    Single entrance ticket to all Prague objects with validity of 3 days:
    adults 160 CZK, reduced fee 80 CZK, children up to 6 years of age free,
    Family entrance fee 200 CZK
    Fee for taking films and photos 50 CZK
    Guide's explanations to exhibitions (only in Czech 10,- CZK /person):
    zoology; paleontology; prehistory of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia;
    general explanation to the building of the museum and its history
    for groups of at least 5 persons and maximum 25 persons
    orders: phone 224497376 or e-mail: lektori@nm.cz

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    Beautiful Museum

    by ncfg Updated Oct 14, 2006

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    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.

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    Muzeum Antonína Dvořáka

    by Nemorino Written Jun 3, 2011

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    This baroque two-story house from the beginning of the 18th century houses a museum devoted to the life and works of the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904).

    Dvořák was a Czech nationalist who incorporated elements of Czech and Moravian folk music into his many orchestral, chamber and choral compositions. But he was also very interested in American music and spent three years in New York, from 1892 to 1895, as director of the National Conservatory of Music. One of his best known works is his Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", which he composed in New York in 1893.

    Dvořák wrote ten operas, none of which I have ever seen on the stage, though I have heard parts of Ruskala.

    Second photo: Furniture, a bust and a piano in the Dvořák Museum.

    Third photo: Concerts and recitals are often held here in the concert hall on the upper floor of the Dvořák Museum. I could have gone to one, but went to the opera instead.

    Fourth photo: The painted ceiling of the concert hall in the Dvořák Museum.

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    National Museum

    by Roadquill Written Jun 11, 2010

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    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.

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    Jan Palach

    by bugalugs Written Feb 12, 2005

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    On 16th January 1969 a young university studen called Jan Palach sacrificed his life by setting fire to himself on the steps of the National Museum. This was against the Warsaw pact invasion of Prague. He staggered down the steps his body in flames. It was 4 days before he sadly died.
    Nearly 1/4 million people came to the square to honour him. This cross on the pavement outside the National Museum marks the spot where he fell.

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    National Museum

    by Nemorino Updated Jul 19, 2015

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    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."

    The National Museum at sunset
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    THE NEW NATIONAL MUSEUM BUILDING

    by balhannah Written Jul 24, 2013

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    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

    Adults...100czk
    Reduced 70czk
    Family ticket 170czk
    Children under 6 years - FREE

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    MONARCHY EXHIBITION

    by balhannah Written Jul 24, 2013

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    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.

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    The National Museum

    by tomruth78 Written Mar 27, 2004

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    I would have to say I was least impressed with this museum. I found the displays to be more for the locals than the tourists as our history museums are in the UK. The main language was predominatly Czech (which is fine) and then a small section in English. It only costs 100kc in entry. The building itself is amazing, especially in the foyer area. You also get a great photo opportunity of Wenceslas Square from the entrance to the museum.

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    Národni muzeum

    by lina112 Written Aug 2, 2006

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    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.

    Permanent exhibitions:
    Primeval history of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia * Mineralogical and petrological collections * Zoological collections * Palaeontological collection * Anthropological collection

    Opening hours
    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.

    Exposiciones permanentes:
    Historia prehistórica de Bohemia, Moravia y Eslovaquia · Exposición mineralógica y petrológica · Exposición zoológica · Exposición paleolontológica· Exposición antropológica

    Horario
    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

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