Museums in Prague

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There are many museums to visit in Prague. To see all of them would take several days.

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Museum of Decorative Arts

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17. listopadu 2, Praha 1. Phone: +42 (0)02 2481 1241. Open: Tues.-Sun., 10.00-18.00

Could be a great museum as they have great stores of Art Deco in store somewhere. Unfortunately, for reasons best known to themselves, there is only a little on show. Even so it is well worth the 65 koruny admission fee to see the lovely permanent exhibitions of porcelain, glass, jewellery and furniture.

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The Jewish Museum

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Jachymova 3, Praha 1. Phone: +42 (0)02 24810099. Open: Mon.-Sat.: 9.00-16.30 The Old New Synagogue, which bears the dubious distinction of having been chosen by Hitler to be a 'museum to an extinct race' is actually separate from the Jewish Museum itself. It is also one of the oldest in Europe, dating from the 12th century.

There are actually six sites of the Jewish Museum proper which mean a bit of walking between places.. The tiny Old Jewish Cemetery has over 12000 graves dating back to the 15th century and is part of the museum, as is one of the most moving more..

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url:www.jewishmuseum.cz

The Museum of Military Resistance

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Hradcanske namesti 2, Praha 1. Open: Tu., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun.: 9.30-18.00

The Czechs are famous for their resistance to invading forces (and unfortunately they have had a lot of practice). This museum is primarily to show how the Czech resistance operated during the Second World War.

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Mucha Museum

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The Mucha Museum presents the works of the great Czech artist, Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), the master of Art Nouveau. A comprehensive cross section of works loaned by the Mucha Foundation including lithographs, paintings, drawings, pastels, statues, photographs and personal memorabilia provides you with a unique view into the universe of the artist who is famous for the posters he created for Sarah Bernhardt, the theatrical legend of fin-de-siencle Paris. The museum is housed in the 18th century Kaunitz Palace in the very heart of Prague.

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email:info@mucha.cz
address:Panská 7, 110 00 Prague
tel:+420 221 451 333, fax: +420 221 451 414
url:www.mucha.cz
openingHours:daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Guided tours upon a request. Museum shop offering an exclusive selection of gifts with Alphonse Mucha motifs.

Franz Kafka Museum

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The exhibition "The City of K. Franz Kafka and Prague", on view in the unique space of Hergetova cihelna on Malá Strana (Lesser Town) bank of the river Vltava, has toured the world successfully. It originated in 1999 in Barcelona - a city favourable to art, in which the sternness of the grey Romanesque churches of the early Middle Ages complements the manifold colours of Joan Miró's statues. The Catalonian centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona presented it as the third exhibition (together with Dublin of James Joyce and Lisbon of Fernando Pessoa( more..

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tel:+420 221 451 400
openingHours:daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
url:www.kafkamuseum.cz
address:Hergetova cihelna, Cihelná 2b, Prague 1, The Czech Republic
email:info@kafkamuseum.cz

The Wax Museum

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28. rijna, Mustek, Praha 1. Open daily 10.00-20.00. Here it costs 99 Kc for adults and 49 Kc for children. I say 'Museums' because there are actually two of them within walking distance of each other. Like all Wax Museums, the collections in both are mixtures of very passable copies of famous figures (with an obvious lean to those of this part of the world) and embarrassingly awful ones that you have no hope of recognising.

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Naprstek Museum (Asian, American and African Cultu

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Betlemske namesti 1, Praha 1. Phone: +42 (0)02 2421 4537. Open: 9.00-12.00, 12.45-16.30

Why anyone would want to travel to Prague from North America to see a museum about Red Indian culture is beyond me. But maybe it is good for a particularly rainy day.

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Podskalska Custom House

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Rasinovo nabrezi, Praha 2. Open: Wed. Thu., 10.00-12.30, 13.30-18.00. This located by the river for the reason that it houses a history of the steam engine and its uses for navigation. The building has been a centre for sailers and boatmen in general for many years.

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The Smetana Museum

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Novotneho lavka, Praha 1. Open: Mon., Wed., Sun., 10.00-17.00. Bedrich Smetana is a major name in Czech culture. He was one of those who helped to develop the Czech identity and his music is very moving to most Czechs.

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The Toy Museum

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Jirska ulice (Prazsky hrad), Praha 1. A clever idea, this one. When the children are whining about having seen too much culture in the castle and surrounding grounds you can bribe them off with a trip here. There is a large and well presented selection of toys from the entire history of the art of keeping children happily occupied. I feel I could learn some lessons from the ancients in this exhibition.

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Prague Jewellery Collection

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A new, attractive jewellery exhibition may be seen at one of the loveliest spots in the old part of Prague. It is housed in the former Hergetova Cihelna (the Herget Brickyard Building) near Charles Bridge in the Lesser Town. This event has been realised through the collaboration between The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and the COPA company.

This unique assemblage of jewellery and goldwork from the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (UPM) documents the evolvement of this artistic field from the 17th century to the present. Shown here are many more..

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tel:+420 221 451 400
openingHours:daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
url:www.cihelna.info
address:Hergetova cihelna, Cihelná 2b, Prague 1, The Czech Republic

The Czech Museum of Fine Arts

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Located in the centre of Prague 1.

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url:www.cmvu.cz
address:Husova Street 19-21

National Museum

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The National Museum, a scientific institution intended to systematically establish, prepare and publicly exhibit natural scientific and historical collections, was founded through the efforts of many distinguished figures in Bohemia beginning as early as the end of the 18th century.

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url:www.nm.cz
address:ha 1, Václavské náměstí 68

National Gallery

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Museum located in the centre of Prague 1.

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url:www.ngprague.cz
address:Staroměstské nám. 12
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