One of Prague’s outstanding landmarks and the largest museum in the Czech Republic is undoubtedly the National Museum. Here, fascinating exhibits on cultural and natural history can be found, accompanied by numerous collections, exhibition buildings, and historically significant structures. A visit to the museum is highly recommended for those interested in cultural and natural history, as well as Prague visitors looking for an appealing alternative on rainy days.
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National Museum Prague | Largest Museum in the Czech Republic
The National Museum is not only the oldest but also the largest museum institution in the Czech Republic. Its roots date back to 1789 when it was founded under the name “The Patriotic Museum” by the Bohemian Society of Sciences. The official founding took place in 1818 with collections from Bohemian aristocrats. Today, the National Museum houses more than thirteen million objects.
The National Museum consists of five independent, specialized institutions:
- Natural History Museum,
- Historical Museum,
- Czech Museum of Music,
- Náprstek Museum of Asian, African, and American Cultures, and
- the Library of the National Museum.
The main building, a symbol of Czech national identity, was designed and built in the Neo-Renaissance style by Josef Schulz from 1885 to 1891. This impressive building, one of the most significant architectural monuments in Prague, is characterized by its monumental size, with a frontage of over 100 meters and a magnificent facade with intricate details and decorations. The entrance area is adorned with cast lanterns and an allegorical representation of Czechia with Moravia, Silesia, Elbe, and Moldau by Antonín Pavel Wagner. In addition, at the entrance, there are symbolic representations of history and natural sciences by Josef Mauder, as well as statue groups by Bohuslav Schnirch. The facade is also decorated with gilded marble featuring the names of significant Czech personalities.
Václavské nám. 68, 110 00 Nové Město, Czech Republic
The National Museum in Prague is open:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Standard Ticket: 300 CZK
- Reduced Ticket: 150 CZK (for students, seniors over 65)
- Family Ticket: 600 CZK (for 2 adults and up to 3 children under 15)
- Children under 6 years have free admission
Prices may vary depending on the exhibition and event.
Tickets & Tours
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