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    For Mineral Lovers Only

    by gilabrand Updated Aug 9, 2006

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    Good for a VERY rainy day

    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.

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    Narodni Museum

    by Pupa Written Feb 9, 2005

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    the National Museum

    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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    stones....=)

    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!

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    Football exhibition!

    by Pupa Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    one of the rooms of the football exhibition

    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.

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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 Nemorino Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    The National Museum at sunset

    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."

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    National museum

    by Makisha Written Jul 12, 2004

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    NAtional museum

    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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    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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    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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    Wenceslas Square - National Museum

    by yooperprof Updated Sep 18, 2003

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    The guidebook that I was using in Prague recommended that the visitor "wait for a very very rainy day" before exploring the National Museum - and such a rainy day never came while I was in the Czech Republic. It seems that this is one of the less significant sights of the city; perhaps I'll visit it someday, but I don't think I've missed too much. The building certainly looks like it could use a good scrubbing. {So what in the world is it doing in the "Must See" category?!? -- EDITOR}

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    National Museum

    by GentleSpirit Written Aug 23, 2012

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    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.

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    The National Museum

    by alancollins Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    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.

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    National Museum

    by bugalugs Written Feb 12, 2005

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    National Museum

    I am not interested in fossils, stuffed dead animals so this kind of place did not interest me. However the architecture of the building inside as seen only from the foyer is lovely. It was a freezing cold day and we went inside. Fortunately the pay kiosk is a distance inside and up on the right hand side up a few steps there is a form, we sat down and right behind us was a radiator which was blasting out heat. Oh what bliss, we sat there for about 15 minutes getting warm.
    Open 10-6pm
    Closed the first Tuesday of every month
    Free entry 1st Monday of every month
    80kc, 40kc concessions, children under 6 free

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