200 YEARS OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM: Re-opening of the Historical Building in Wenceslas Square
When? Daily from 28 October 2018 (Monday and Friday 10:00 – 18:00, Tuesday – Thursday 11:00 – 20:00, Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 19:00)
Where? Wenceslas Square 68, Prague 1
How much? Free admission until the end of this year (visitors do not need to make a reservation in advance)
On 28 October 2018, the Historical Building of the National Museum partially re-opened after its extensive reconstruction. The visitors can look forward to new interesting exhibitions and accompanying programme.
Czech-Slovak/ Slovak-Czech Exhibition. The exhibition was created to commemorate the history of Czechoslovakia on the occasion of 100 years from its foundation. The exhibition offers for about 1200 items and, for the first time ever, the most important documents of Czechoslovak history such as the original of Pittsburgh Agreement, the Munich Agreement and the Czechoslovak ratification of peace treaties from Versailles. The exhibition was first opened in Bratislava castle in April 2018, and you can visit the exhibition in Prague from 28 October 2018 until 30 June 2019 .
2 x 100 Exhibition. In its unusual architectonical design, this exhibition presents 200 the most precious and the most unique items collected and preserved by the National Museum for 200 years of its existence. You can look forward the most valuable Antonio Stradivari violin, the original manuscripts of musical compositions by Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, the largest diamond jewelry in the Czech Republic, the most precious ancient Egyptian coffin called “Prague coffin“, a massive Green Anaconda exhibit and much more. The exhibition will be opened to the public until 31 January 2019.
The National Museum is the largest museum in the Czech Republic and it is administrated by the Ministry of Culture. The National Museum was founded in 1818 (under the name Patriotic museum of Bohemia) so this year it will celebrate 200 years of its existence. Nowadays, it contains millions of collection items and it offers many long-term and temporary exhibitions about history, historical publication, archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, geology, zoology, etc. The Historical Building of the National Museum is a dominant of Wenceslas square. It was built in Neo-Renaissance style by the famous Czech architect Josef Schultz at the end of the 19th century. The Historical Building was closed since 2011 for an extensive reconstruction and it was partially re-opened during the celebrations of 100 years anniversary of Czechoslovakia with two impressive exhibitions. The rest of the building is scheduled to open to public in autumn 2019. If you are interested in Czech history and top treasured item collected by the National Museum during past 200 years, we recommend you to visit this symbol of Prague. You can look for more information on the official website of the National Museum https://nm2018-cz.nm.netservis.cz/en.
How to get there? The Historical Building and the New Building of the National Museum are within walking distance from Almandine Apartments. You can walk up through Wenceslas Square for about 10 – 15 minutes as you can see in this link https://goo.gl/maps/mb2hUXbepXu. To get there you can also take metro line A from “Můstek“ to “Muzeum“.
The National Museum is not just one building, as it might seem. It consists of other museums, depositaries and historical objects located all around Prague (and the rest of the Czech Republic). Below you can see the list of some of those buildings worth visiting.
The New Building of the National Museum. It is a modern building located right next to the Historical Building where you can see current exhibitions the Celts, Light and Life, and a long-term exhibition Noah´s Ark. Opened daily 10:00 – 18:00, entrance fee full 250 CZK/reduced 170 CZK, location https://goo.gl/maps/hom5s9idVdz
Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures. Indians exhibition, Cultures of Australia and Oceania long-term exhibition. Opened daily 10:00 – 18:00, closed on Mondays, entrance fee full 100 CZK/reduced 70 CZK, location https://goo.gl/maps/E6XWtnvF7ZM2
Czech Museum of Music. Music and Fairy Tale exhibition, Man-Instrument-Music long-term exhibition. Opened daily 10:00 – 18:00, closed on Tuesdays, entrance fee full 120 CZK/reduced 80 CZK, location https://goo.gl/maps/37yfX21M1os
Bedřich Smetana Museum. Opened daily 10:00 – 17:00, closed on Tuesdays, entrance fee full 50 CZK/reduced 30 CZK, location https://goo.gl/maps/iML26931wUA2
Antonín Dvořák Museum. Opened daily 10:00 – 17:00, closed on Mondays, entrance fee full 50 CZK/ reduced 30 CZK, location https://goo.gl/maps/hYMnAvZAJb42
National Memorial on the Vítkov Hill. Crossroads of Czech and Czechoslovak Statehood long-term exhibition, Laboratory of Power/Mausoleum. Opened Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00, entrance fee full 120 CZK/reduced 80 CZK, location https://goo.gl/maps/8LwuZqPESzj
Ethnographic Museum in Kinsky Garden. A century of tramping exhibition, Tinkers and wireworks exhibition, Czech folk long-term exhibitions. Opened daily 10:00 – 18:00, closed on Mondays, entrance fee full 70 CZK/reduced 40 CZK, location https://goo.gl/maps/Lb8ij1sc6SS2
Lapidarium of The National Museum. The monuments of stone carving in Bohemia from 11th to 19th Century. Opened only from May to November, location https://goo.gl/maps/7vDsfXoQakL2