Staré Město Museums, Prague

Staré Město Museums, Prague
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There are many renowned historical and contemporary museums in Prague. They are usually located in old palaces that are monuments themselves. You can get the feel of the past and present of the Czech Republic while visiting some of the following museums in Staré Město area of Prague.

Staré Město Museums - Route Map

Guide Name: Staré Město Museums
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: vickyc
The Museum of Decorative Arts

1) The Museum of Decorative Arts

Located in the Jewish Quarter, the Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in a 19th century Neo-Renaissance building and displays examples of international historical and contemporary arts. The aim of the museum is to leave samples of art and crafts throughout-the-ages for future generations.

The ground floor of the museum holds exhibitions that change every month of art students and renowned artists. On the first floor are the permanent exhibitions of objects from the 14th century to the...   view more
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The Rudolfinum Art Gallery

2) The Rudolfinum Art Gallery

Editor's note: closed from July 7, 2014 till the end of September, 2014.

If you want to visit a really fine gallery while you are in Prague, don’t miss the Rudolfinum Art Gallery in the Rudolfinum complex. This beautiful Neo-Renaissance building which opened in 1885 was used as the seat of the Czech Parliament for several years before the 2dn World War and became the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946. The Art Gallery was opened in 1994 and occupies 1500 square metres of...   view more
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Jewish Museum

3) Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum in Prague was founded in 1906 by historian Dr. Hugo Lieben and Dr. Augustin Stein, who later became head of the Prague Jewish Community. The goal was to preserve artifacts from the Prague synagogues demolished during the Urban renewal of the old Jewish Quarter in the beginning of the 20th century. In 1942 the Nazi regime established the Central Jewish Museum, with the goal of commemorating the heritage of an exterminated people by collecting notable objects of Jewish...   view more
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Old Town Hall Art Gallery

4) Old Town Hall Art Gallery

Old Town Hall is one of the major Prague attractions. It displays paintings, sculptures, graphics of the 19th and 20th centuries. The collections form part of City Gallery.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm April to September, to 5:00 pm October to...   view more
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Prague City Gallery at the Municipal Library

5) Prague City Gallery at the Municipal Library

Not all the buildings in Prague are ancient and among the more modern ones that are worth visiting is the Municipal Library on Marianské Square which houses a part of the Prague City Gallery.

Built between 1925 and 1928 by the architect Frantisek Roith the building isn’t only a library, but also a place for adult education, concerts and exhibitions. Here Prague citizens and visitors alike have access to books, DVD’s CD’s and the Internet, either on the library’s computers or by WIFI....   view more
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Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments

6) Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments

If you enjoy the macabre, don’t miss visiting the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments next to the Charles Bridge. Don’t get the idea that the Czechs spent their time torturing state enemies, witches or heretics – this rather gruesome collection comes from all over Europe.

The museum is set on three floors and holds 60 different instruments of torture dating back to the Inquisition. There are many you will recognise from films, such as the rack, the Iron Maiden and stocks, and a lot...   view more
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Bedřich Smetana Museum

7) Bedřich Smetana Museum

Housed in a Neo-Renaissance building that once was the Old Town waterworks near the Charles Bridge, the Bedrich Smetana Museum was opened in 1936 and is dedicated to Bedrich Smetana, the 19th century compositor and patriot.

Bedrich Smetana lived from 1824 to 1884 and was considered as the father of Czech music. He wrote a lot of patriotic music and his 1st Nationalist music was composed of marches used during the 1848 Prague Uprising. His best known opera “The Bartered Bride” was...   view more
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Art Master Gallery

8) Art Master Gallery

The Art Master Gallery gives its visitors the opportunity to sense and experience the East European art and more concrete – the one of Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. Here no display are works of Kavshbaya, Mikora and Gepp. Watercolor, oil, encaustic and etching works are influencing the visitors with all the feelings known to mankind. The Art Master Gallery is also known for being able to present the trends in the East European art.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun:...   view more
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Naprstek's Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures

9) Naprstek's Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures

While in Prague do take time to visit Naprstek’s Museum of Asian, African and American Culture which is located in Bethlehem Square.

While these exhibits in the museum aren’t anything to do with Czech culture, they are nonetheless fascinating and also a part of Czech history. Vojta Naprstek was a 19th century industrialist who had a passion for anthropology. After spending ten years in the United States seeking political asylum, he returned to Prague where he opened a museum at first...   view more
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Prague Wax Museum

10) Prague Wax Museum

The Prague Wax Museum is separated into two separate buildings and has over 50 figures of Czech and international personalities of the 19th to the 21st century on show.

The first museum, situated in Mostecka Street is dedicated to historical characters of the Czech Republic such as Rudolf II and his court alchemist, the Englishman Kelley, in the alchemist’s workroom, Kafka next to a shop and inn; there are also interiors of the Old Town and rooms from the Karlstejn Castle. It is a great way...   view more
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The Museum of Communism

11) The Museum of Communism

If you are interested in Czech political history, then you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Museum of Communism. The museum opened in 2001 and gives visitors an excellent view of life under the communist regime from 1948 to 1989.

In this well appointed museum, you will find posters and artefacts, including busts and statues of Lenin and Stalin, propaganda and objects from political and daily life of the period. There is a projection room that shows short films about the communist way of life...   view more
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