Prague is best known for its architecture and beautiful walks around the city, but in case of a rainy afternoon, there are few tips for art lovers. Today there are around 150 galleries and 100 museums all over the city. In these collections, you can find some of the most famous names from the art world as Vincent van Gogh or Claude Monet. Every artwork mentioned below is in a permanent exhibition, so whenever you feel, you can visit these places and take a look. Here are a few examples with a brief introduction of what and where to see, and how to get there from Almandine Apartments.
The National Gallery Prague – Trade Fair Palace
When? Tue – Sun: 10:00 – 18:00
Where? Trade Fair Palace, Dukelských hrdinů 47, Holešovice – Prague 7, MAP
How much? CZK 150 for adults and CZK 80 reduced (CZK 500 one-time ticket to all exhibitions of the National Gallery Prague)
TIP: Vincent van Gogh: Green Wheat – painted in June 1889 during his stay in Saint-Paul-de-Mausole sanatorium. Characteristic style, corn field and Alpilles Mountains – all is present in one.
TIP: Claude Monet: Two Women among the Flowers – inspired by the garden of Monet’s own house in Argenteuil with artist´s wife and her friend surrounded by the many flowers.
TIP: Pierre Auguste Renoir: The Lovers – big canvas from 1875 painted with oil technique of couple surrounded by nature.
These and more famous names such as Edvard Munch, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Alfons Mucha or very popular Czech painter František Kupka are gathered at one place in modern building of Trade Fair Palace.
The National Gallery in Prague consists of more buildings offering many permanent or temporary exhibitions. If you have time, you should not miss the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia presenting medieval artworks from Bohemia and Central Europe in outstanding Gothic interiors.
The Stenberg Palace in Hradčany Square is offering the overview of European paintings from Antiquity to the Baroque period. There you can see the paintings by Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Francisco Goya, El Greco, Giambattista Tiepolo, Albrecht Dürer or Lucas Cranach.
From July you can also enjoy the new exhibition in Kinsky Palace at the Old Town Square focusing on French Impressionism and its most famous representatives Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley or Camille Pissarro. The exhibition will also include other works by Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Camille Corot or by the famous post-Impressionists Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin.
For more information and opening times please check the official website.
Prague Castle Picture Gallery
When? daily: 9:00 – 16:00
Where? I. courtyard of Prague Castle, Hradčany – Prague 1, MAP
How much? There are many combinations of tickets for whole Prague Castle and its parts but if you want to see only the Prague Castle Picture Gallery the price is CZK 100 for adults, CZK 50 for kids and seniors and CZK 200 for families
In Prague Castle Picture Gallery you can admire an extensive painting collection of the emperor Rudolf II, a famous lover of art, alchemy and curiosities. To plan your visit, try the official website of Prague Castle.
TIP: Peter Paul Rubens: The Council of the Gods – huge painting (204.5 x 379cm) of a struggle between Venus and Juno
When? daily: 10:00 – 18:00
Where? Jiřská 3, Prague Castle, Hradčany – Prague 1, MAP
How much? Regular ticket: CZK 295, reduced: CZK 220, Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children): CZK 690 or combination Ticket (Museum + Midday Classic Concert): CZK 590
Here you can visit the museum and art collections of the prestigious house of Lobkowicz. Worth mentioning are the manuscripts of the greatest music composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or paintings by Diego Velázqueze and Pieter Bruegel. Moreover, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Prague from the terrace of Lobkowicz Palace. For more info click here.
TIP: Pieter Bruegel the Elder: The Hay Harvest – created in 1565 during Northern Renaissance period i sone of the gems in Lobkowicz collections.
TIP: You can walk up the Old Castle Stairs from “Malostranská” metro station or get up to the castle by tram no. 22 or 23 from “Malostranská” to “Pražský hrad” (as in case of Prague Castle Picture Gallery above).