Galleries National Gallery (Národní galerie) – www.ngprague.cz The second oldest gallery in Euro pe after the Louvre – a sanctuary for lovers of Czech and international fine art.
PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS Sternberg Palace (Šternberský palác) – Hradčanské náměstí 15, Prague 1 This significant Baroque monument will especially delight fans of European art from antiquity to the late Baroque. You can admire, among other things, ancient classical art, as well as major works by Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German and Austrian painters.
Schwarzenberg Palace (Schwarzenberský palác) – Hradčanské náměstí 2, Prague 1 This prominent feature of Hradčanské Square is also one of the most beautiful buildings in Prague. The current exhibition displays the best of Baroque art in Bohemia (works by Braun, Brokoff, von Aachen, Škréta, and more)
Salm Palace (Salmovský palác) – Hradčanské náměstí 2, Prague 1 This three-winged palace was built between 1800 and 1811 as a Neoclassical building with distinct Empire influences. The upcoming exhibition “The 19th-Century Art from neo-Classicism to Romanticism” will present important paintings and sculptures from the first two-thirds of the 19th century. Its opening is planned for October 16, 2014.
Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia (Klášter sv. Anežky České) – U Milosrdných 17, Prague 1 This former convent of the Poor Clares and the Franciscans is considered to be the first Gothic building in the Czech lands. Inside, you can visit the permanent exhibition dedicated to medieval art in Bohemia and Central Europe. Exhibited items are among the treasures of the Czech national cultural heritage.
Prague 1 Rare artefacts of Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman and Asian art await you in the heart of Prag 26 27 Map of the City Centre Map of the City Centre 26 27 Map of the City Centre Map of the City Centre 28 29 Culture in Prague Culture in Prague Opening hours: Mon 10:00–18:00, Wed and Fri 11:00–19:00, Thu 11:00–21:00, Sat and Sun 10:00–18:00 Galerie Rudolfinum – Alšovo nábřeží 12, Prague 1, www.galerierudolfinum.cz The gallery is located in one of the most important Czech neo-Renaissance buildings. A careful dramaturgical concept and the curators’ distinctive personalities bring a fresh perspective on contemporary art. Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00–18:00, Sat 10:00–20:00
National Museum (Národní muzeum) – www.nm.cz Since its founding in 1818, the largest museum in the country has gathered thousands of objects of often incalculable value. It’s the venue for important exhibitions aimed at a wide range of visitors.
NATIONAL MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS National Museum – Main Building (Národní muzeum – hlavní budova) – Václavské náměstí 68, Prague 1 The impressive neo-Renaissance building dominates the upper part of Wenceslas Square. It is currently closed for an extensive renovation – its reopening is planned for 2018.
National Museum New Building (Nová budova Národního muzea) – Vinohradská 1, Prague 1 Formerly the Federal Assembly Building and the home of the offices of Radio Free Europe, the premises are now used as the venue for major exhibitions. Opening hours: daily 10:00–18:00, Wed 9:00–18:00, first Wednesday of the month 10:00–20:00
Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures (Náprstkovo muzeum asijských, afrických a amerických kultur) – Betlémské náměstí 1, Prague 1 Vojtěch Náprstek, Czech patriot and patron of the arts, amassed an extensive ethnographic and art collection during his travels around the world. The permanent exhibitions offer insight into the cultures of Australia and Oceania, and the Indonesian island of Nias. Opening hours: Tue–Sun 10:00–18:00, Wed 9:00–18:00
Veletržní Palace (Veletržní palác) – Dukelských hrdinů 47, Prague 7 At first sight, the first functionalist building in Prague impresses with its generous dimensions. In an area of over 13,500 m² you’ll find a unique collection of Czech and international modern art, including such well-known names as Renoir, Picasso, Klimt, Rodin and Munch. Opening hours of National Gallery properties: Tue–Sun 10:00–18:00
City Gallery Prague (Galerie hlavního města Prahy) – www.ghmp.cz The second most important gallery in the Czech Republic after the National Gallery, specializing in Czech art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Czech Museum of Music (České muzeum hudby) – Karmelitská 2/4, Prague 1 The exhibition “Man – Machine – Music” displays more than 400 musical instruments of extraordinary value – one of the most significant is the fortepiano played by Mozart during his first visit to Prague. Opening hours: Wed–Mon 10:00–18:00 Lapidary (Lapidárium) – Výstaviště 422, Prague 7 The largest specialized collection of Czech stone carving from the 11th to the 19th century. Opening hours: Mon–Sun 12:00–18:00, Wed 10:00–16:00 (closed in winter)
Antonín Dvořák Museum (Muzeum Antonína Dvořáka) – Ke Karlovu 20, Prague 2 The exhibition explores the life journey of one of the most prominent Czech composers. Opening hours: Tue–Sun 10:00–13:30 and 14:00–17:00 Bedřich Smetana Museum (Muzeum Bedřicha Smetany) – Novotného lávka 1, Prague 1 On the banks of the Vltava River near the Charles Bridge, one’s gaze is drawn to the distinctive neo-Renaissance building, which is dedicated to the work of the famous Czech composer. Opening hours: Wed–Mon 10:00–17:00 Information about other National Museum exhibition spaces can be found on their website at www.nm.cz.
City Museum Prague (Muzeum hlavního města Prahy) – Na Poříčí 52, Prague 8, www.muzeumprahy.cz Want to learn more about the history of our city? The museum features an extensive exhibition detailing the history of Prague from prehistoric times. The most interesting exhibit is the Langweil model of Prague from 1826 to 1837. Opening hours: Tue–Sun 9:00–18:00, last Wednesday of the month to 20:00
Museum Kampa – U Sovových mlýnů 2, Prague 1, www.museumkampa.cz The imaginative modern rooms of the museum are the backdrop for the most comprehensive collection of works by František Kupka in the world. In addition to early expressive drawings, there is also one of Kupka’s most impressive abstract paintings – Cathedral. Opening hours: daily 10:00–18:00
Museum of Decorative Arts (Uměleckoprůmyslové museum) – 17. listopadu 2, Prague 1, www.upm.cz Collections include glass, porcelain and ceramics, applied graphic art and photography, furniture, woodwork, jewellery, clocks and watches, textiles, fashion and toys. Don’t put off visiting the museum – it will close for general reconstruction at the end of 2014. Opening hours: Wed–Sun 10:00–18:00, Tue 10:00–19:00
National Technical Museum (Národní technické muzeum) – Kostelní 42, Prague 7, www.ntm.cz This museum embodies the dreams of all fans of technical achievements. Historical automobiles, airplanes, locomotives and hundreds of other exhibits await you at the newly renovated museum premises. Opening hours: Tue–Fri 9:00–17:30, Sat and Sun 10:00–18:00
Mucha Museum – Panská 7, Prague 1, www.mucha.cz The splendid Baroque Kaunický Palace is home to the first museum in the world dedicated to the life and work of Alphonse Mucha. As a souvenir, you can choose from a wide variety of gifts featuring Mucha motifs. Opening hours: daily 10:00–18:00
Toy Museum (Muzeum hraček) – Jiřská 6, Prague 1, www.prague.eu Little ones can’t sit still? Take them to a toy museum! In addition to historical toys from around the world, the exhibitions include a large collection of Barbie dolls and Star Wars figures. Opening hours: daily 9:30–17:30