Prague’s museums document the variety of ages, political influences and social upheavals the country has endured over the years, all of which makes for a fascinating visit. The majority of museums are shut on Mondays and opening times vary depending on the season. Admission charges are relatively cheap and concessions are available. If you planning on going to a number of them, then the Prague Card (described in the Tourist Office section) can help ease the financial outlay.
Prague Museums Travel Guide
Many museum staff speak both English and German while exhibits are usually labelled in both languages. Here we provide you with information about various museums in the city – it is by no means an exhaustive list so make sure you ask at your hotel or at the Prague Information Service for details about other exhibits that might interest you.
1. National Museum
Vadavske nam 68 Telephone – 224 497 111 Opening Hours – May-Sep, 10am-6pm daily, Oct-Apr, 10am-5pm daily
The stunning neo-Renaissance building with its beautiful, opulent interior is reason enough to visit the National Museum. A particular highlight is the painting of the Czech Republic’s famous writers, artists and intellectuals that decorate the Pantheon high above the pre-historic exhibits. Admission is Kc100.
2. Prague Jewish Museum
Josefov (various buildings) Opening Hours – Apr-Oct, Sun-Fri 9.30am-6pm. Nov-Mar, Sun-Fri 9.30am-5pm.
A very popular attraction that can get crowded in the summer months so arrive early if you can. The entrance tickets cover all parts of the museum that contains Jewish monuments and artefacts. Admission is 400Kc.
3. Kafka Museum
Namesti Franz Kafka Cihelná 2b, Mala Strana, Praha 1 Telephone – 257 535 507, 221 451 400 Opening Hours – Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm, Sat, 10am-5pm.
The house where the Czech literary-darling Kafka was born on 3 July 1883. Once belonging to Benedictine monks and known as The Tower, it is now a compact museum displaying photos, diaries, information, quotes and manuscripts from Kafka’s own pen.
4. Old Town Hall
Starometska radnice Telephone – 224 228 456
Opening Hours – Apr-Oct, Mon 11am-6pm, Tues-Sun 9am-6pm, Nov-Mar, Mon 11am-5pm, Tues-Sun 9am-5pm
Nestled in the aesthetically gorgeous Old Town Square, you can check out its magnificently historically-preserved interior or climb to the top of the building and gaze at the tourists milling around the café’s, stalls and pastel hued houses of Prague.
5. Dvorak Museum
Vila Amerika, Ke Karlovu 20, Prague 2 Telephone -229 8214 Opening hours – Tues-Sun 10am-5pm
Hidden away behind wrought-iron gates, the Dvorák Museum is housed in a delightful early eighteenth-century baroque summer palace. The composer’s Bosendorfer piano and personal belongings are now displayed here and the museum is a must for all classical-music fans.
6. Museum of Communism
Na Prikope 10 Telephone – 420 224 21 29 66 Opening hours – daily 9am-9pm.
Created from hundreds of relics harking back to the Communist era, the American businessman who opened this museum spent hours trawling markets and scrap yards to create this unique, and tongue-in-cheek, memorial to the infamous political regime.