Indoor Cultural Gems

Indoor Cultural Gems

Discover the rich history and stunning architecture of Prague with our comprehensive guide to Prague's cultural gems. From majestic historic buildings to awe-inspiring art galleries and museums, there's something for everyone to admire. Use the links below to explore different sections.

Museums

National Museum

National Museum complex consists of two historic buildings: the Neo-Renaissance Palace of the Historical Building at the head of Wenceslas Square and the adjacent New Building formerly the Stock Exchange later the Parliament and then the Radio Free Europe building. The Historical Building houses permanent exhibitions Windows into Prehistory, The Miracles of Evolution, Halls of Minerals, History (from the 8th century to the First World War). The New Building houses the permanent exhibitions History of the 20th century (from the First World War until the Czech Republic joined the European Union) and Moments of History. Both buildings are connected by an underground passageway.

Website: https://www.nm.cz/en/visit-us/buildings/museum-complex-of-the-national-museum

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00–18:00

Accessibility: The building is wheelchair accessible with the exception of the dome and the upper floors of the Children's Museum. Barrier-free access to the Historical Building leads through the visitor entrance of the New Building. A wheelchair can be rented in the cloakrooms of the Historical and New Buildings.

Source: www.nm.cz

National Technical Museum

The National Technical Museum has sixteen permanent exhibitions including Transportation – traces the historical story of transport vehicles in the Czech lands; Astronomy - an exhibition tracing approx. 6000 years of astronomical history including exhibits such as a 5000-year-old meteorite and astronomical instruments used across the centuries; Mining - which includes a 490-metre-long model mine; Architecture, Construction and Design presents many historical architecture styles from Art Nouveau to the mass prefab housing projects of the 1960s.

Website: https://www.ntm.cz/en

Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 09:00–18:00

Accessibility: Wheelchair ramp at the entrance

Source: www.ntm.cz

Museum Kampa

Kampa Museum includes a comprehensive collection of works by František Kupka, sculptures by Otto Gutfreund, the work of Jan Kolář, and a collection of Central European modern art featuring Czech, Slovak, Polish, Yugoslav, and Hungarian artists of the 1960s and 1970s.

Website: https://www.museumkampa.cz/en/

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00–18:00

Accessibility: All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Strollers are allowed in all galleries unless otherwise noted due to security reasons.

Source: www.prague.eu

Museum of Decorative Arts

The Museum of Decorative Arts hosts a permanent exhibition ART LIFE which shows how objects of everyday life and celebration enter our lives and can become applied art. The museum also hosts the long-term exhibition PLEIAD OF GLASS 1946–2019. This collection includes work that is considered historically crucial in the development of art glassmaking. In another museum building in the House at the Black Madonna there are another two exhibitions. First presents Czech Cubism as a style ideologically combining free and applied art and architecture. Second CUBISM ACQUISITIONS. PURCHASED FOR UPM´S COLLECTION represent unique and highly prized examples of Czech design of the first quarter of the 20th century.

Website: https://www.upm.cz/en/

Opening Hours: Main building: Tuesday 10:00–20:00; Wednesday–Sunday 10:00–18:00; House at the Black Madonna: Tuesday 10:00–20:00; Wednesday–Sunday 10:00–18:00

Accessibility: The Museum of Decorative Arts – main building fully accessible, lift available, accessible toilet (eurokey). House at the Black Madonna - accessible entrance, lift available, accessible toilet.

Source: www.ump.cz

The Mucha Museum

The Mucha Museum is dedicated to the life and work of the world-acclaimed Czech ART NOUVEAU artist Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939).

Website: https://www.mucha.cz/en/

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00–18:00

Source: www.muchafoundation.org

Museum of the Infant Jesus of Prague

Museum of the Infant Jesus of Prague is famous for its statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. The Infant Jesus has two crowns and 46 dresses which are changed about 10 times a year according to old traditions. A small museum was built for clothing and other religious objects.

Website: https://www.pragjesu.cz/en/museum/

Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday 9:30–17:00; Sunday 13:00–18:00

Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible

Source: www.delveintoeurope.com

Art Galleries

National Gallery

National Gallery Prague includes the following buildings: Sternberg Palace, Trade Fair Palace, Schwarzenberg Palace, Kinsky Palace, Salm Palace, Waldstein Riding School, Žďár nad Sázavou Castle, Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, Czech and Slovak Pavilion in Venice. The following buildings house permanent exhibitions or exhibitions currently in progress.

Sternberg Palace

Sternberg Palace presents The Old Masters II exhibition which is a continuation of the Old Masters exhibition in the opposite Schwarzenberg Palace. In addition to exhibits of Renaissance and Baroque Italian painting, the collection also presents Dutch, Flemish, and Dutch painting from the 15th-18th centuries (Pieter II. Brueghel, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Gerard Ter Borch, Nicolaes Eliasz. Pickenoy). The unique exhibit of Hans Raphon's Altarpiece of the Crucifixion which is the only completely preserved retable is also worthy of consideration.

Website: https://www.ngprague.cz/en/about/buildings/sternberg-palace

Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10:00–18:00

Accessibility: There are steps to the entrance and a staircase leads to the exhibition.

Source: www.ngprague.cz

Trade Fair Palace

Trade Fair Palace contains art collections of modern and postmodern art (19th-21st century). On four floors we can find not only world artists (some Warhol, Rodin, Gauguin, Picasso, and Van Gogh) but also Czech artists (Frantisek Kupka, Josef Myslbek, and Josef Manes).

Website: https://www.ngprague.cz/en/about/buildings/trade-fair-palace

Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10:00–18:00

Accessibility: The building has step-free access. Elevators and wheelchair-accessible toilets are available in the building.

Source: www.ngprague.cz

Schwarzenberg Palace

Schwarzenberg Palace presents the Old Masters collection exhibition which is set in the time frame of the 16th-18th centuries. It is a selection of the most important masterpieces from the Old Art Collection including such artists as Hans von Aachen, Petr Brandl, Adriaen de Vries, Albrecht Dürer, El Greco, Francisco José Goya, Peter Paul Rubens, Karel Škréta, Simon Vouet, Michael Leopold Willmann, and others.

Website: https://www.ngprague.cz/en/about/buildings/schwarzenberg-palace

Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10:00–18:00

Accessibility: The building has step-free access. There are lifts and wheelchair-accessible toilets.

Source: www.ngprague.cz

Kinsky Palace

Kinsky Palace is currently hosting the exhibition Get on the ice! Ice Hockey and Skating in Art organized on the occasion of the 2024 Ice Hockey World Championship. The exhibition features around 100 artworks ranging from paintings by old masters Pieter Brueghel II and Norbert Grund to experimental and contemporary Czech artists.

Website: https://www.ngprague.cz/en/about/buildings/kinsky-palace

Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10:00–18:00

Accessibility: The palace has step-free access. There are lifts and wheelchair-accessible toilets.

Source: www.ngprague.cz

Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia

Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, the exhibition situated on the first floor of the Klášter complex, contains over two hundred paintings, sculptures, and other art objects connected not only with the Czech lands but also with the entire Central European region.

Website: https://www.ngprague.cz/en/about/buildings/convent-of-st-agnes-of-bohemia

Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10:00–18:00

Accessibility: The Convent has step-free access. There are lifts and wheelchair-accessible toilets.

Source: www.ngprague.cz

Historical Buildings

Clementinum

The Clementinum includes the Baroque Library described as the most beautiful library hall in the world thanks to its fresco decoration; the Astronomical Tower which provides a view of the historical centre of Prague; and the Meridian Hall with period astronomical instruments. PLEASE NOTE: Tickets must be purchased as eTickets. Tickets can be purchased for Czech and English tours. Tours are limited in capacity. We do not guarantee the possibility of purchasing tickets directly at the Clementinum box office.

Website: https://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/4071/clementinum?back=1

Opening Hours: Daily 09:00–20:00

Accessibility: The sightseeing route is not wheelchair accessible.

Source: colosseumticket.cz

Religious Monuments and Sites

Jewish museum in Prague

Jewish museum in Prague in the area of the former Prague ghetto houses permanent exhibitions: the Maisel Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue and the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Klaus Synagogue, the Ceremonial Hall, and the Robert Guttmann Gallery. The Maisel synagogue hosts the exhibition Jews in the Bohemian Lands 10th-18th Century. You will see here documents and manuscripts. Part of the exhibition is also devoted to glosses from early medieval Hebrew literary monuments of Czech origin. Exhibition Jews in the Bohemian Lands 19th-20th Centuries in the Spanish Synagogue deals with the history of the Jewish population in the Bohemian lands from the 1780s to the period after the Second World War. This synagogue is also significant for its amazing interior decoration in the Moorish style inspired by the famous Spanish Alhambra. In the Pinkas synagogue there are three exhibitions: Children's Drawings from the Terezín Ghetto; Journeys with No Return: The Deportation of Jews from the Czech Lands 1939-1945; and The Faces of the Victims of the Shoah. These exhibitions focus mainly on the fate of the Jewish population during World War II in Bohemia and Moravia and document their deportation to concentration camps. Robert Guttmann Gallery presents temporary exhibitions from the museum's permanent collection that focus on Jewish life, the persecution of Bohemian and Moravian Jews during the Second World War, Jewish monuments in the Czech Republic, and the Jewish presence in contemporary visual art. Ceremonial Hall is from 1. 7. 2024 closed due to reconstruction.

Website: https://www.jewishmuseum.cz/en/info/visit/

Opening Hours: Daily except Saturdays and Jewish holidays

Accessibility: Buildings are mostly fully wheelchair accessible.

Spanish Synagogue 

Source: www.getyourguide.com

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