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ANTONIN DVORAK MUSEUM
Ke Karlovu 20,Prague 1,

If there is one Czech composer that is known by foreigners it's probably Dvorák. The ground floor displays cover the composers life with memorabilia, photographs and some his clothes. Upstairs is a fresco decorated recital hall. The building itself, which is Baroque, was built by the famed Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer whose buildings can be found all over Prague. While it is now restored to its former glory, it was, unbelievably, once a cattle market!

BEDRICH SMETANA MUSEUM
Novotného lávka, Prague 1,

Smetana is probably the most popular Czech composer in the Czech Republic as he became a symbol of Czech culture. Sadly he is not so well known outside the Czech Republic apart from the fact that musicians tend to know his most famous work: the symphonic poem 'Ma Vlast' or 'My Country'.

BERTRAMKA: MOZART AND DUSEKS MUSEUM
Mozartova 169, Prague 5

This place is sometimes described as being 'the home of Mozart' but what's closer to the truth is that he stayed there with friends who owned the villa. He did compose some parts of his more famous pieces there though and the building is lovely in it's own right. It houses a collection of Mozart oriented memorabilia and concerts are also often held there.

THE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Lobkovický Palác, Jirská 1, Prague 1, Tel: 537306

Here you will find many treasures from the Czech Republic which will give you good insight into the history of the country.

THE JEWISH MUSEUM
Jáchymova 3, Prague 1, Tel: 2481 0099

This museum is quite expensive to visit by Czech standards but it is worth the price and the tickets do actually give you admission to three museums. Hitler planned to make a museum in Prague that should be 'a museum of an extinct race'. That's why some of the oldest religious objects in Europe ended up in Prague and are now a part of the collection. The first place to visit is the Old Jewish Cemetery. In this cementery lie 12,000 graves from the 15th century to the 19th. In connection with the cemetery you will find the Ceremonial where there is an art collection created by Jews and Jewish children who were interned at the Terezin concentration camp during World War II. This is a very moving experience because the artists never became adults and they themselves knew that their lives were short. The ticket also includes the Klausen Synagogue where you can see an exhibition of Jewish customs and traditions. For a separate ticket you can see the Old New Synagogue which dates back to 1280 and is one of the oldest synagogues in Europe.


KOMENSKY MUSEUM
Valdstejnské nám., Prague 1

This museum has a pedagogical collection which is dedicated to the very famous philospher Comenius (1592 - 1670). His ideas about teaching and pedagogical methods were far ahead of his time. His portrait can be seen on the Czech 200 crown note.

MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS
Ul. 17. Listopadu, Prague 1, Tel: 2481 1241

This museum was founded in 1885 and contains fine examples of decoration art. Unfortunately most of the objects are not accessible and there is only one floor open to the public.

THE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY
Hradcanské nám. 2, Prague 1

This museum is located in the Schwarzenberg Palace and is devoted to the development of weaponry. If you are not interest in weaponry you can spend the time enjoying the frescoes inside and the painted facade outside of this Renaissance building.

THE MUSEUM OF MILITARY RESISTANCE
U Památníku 2, Prague 3
If you are interested in World War II this might be a museum for you as it is devoted to the resistance movement in Czechoslovakia.

THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF PRAGUE
Na poríci 52, Prague 1, Tel: 2422 3179

This Museum shows the history of Prague from its founding in the 9th century up to the Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque periods. It doesn't go much into the history of the people as much as it focuses on glass, porcelain and decorative furnishings. On the top floor there's a fairly realistic model of the city made of paper.

MUSEUM OF ASIAN, AFRICAN AND AMERICAN CULTURE
Betlémské nám. 1, Prague 1, Tel: 2421 4537

This museum shows how the native peoples lived in North America, South America, Australia and Oceania.

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM
Václavské nám. 68
Prague 1, tel: 2421 4537

The largest museum in Prague and perhaps the biggest disappointment too. The museum, built in Neo-renaissance style, is situated at the end of Vaclavske námestí. The museum is worth a visit only because of the fantastic building itself. You have to be extraordinarily interested in fossils and minerals to enjoy a visit here.

THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL MUSEUM
Kostelní 42, Prague 7, Tel: 373 651

If you are interested in technology and transportation this is the museum to visit. Very few tourists make their way out to this address, so if you get tired of the crowds at some of the more popular museums it may be time to visit this museum and gaze at outmoded aeroplanes suspended from the ceiling.

PODSKALSKA; CUSTOM HOUSE
Rasinovo nábrezí, Prague 2

If you are a steam engine fan this may be the place for you as it shows the history and the use of steam engines for navigation in Prague. Podskali itself served as the centre for steam engine navigation and many sailors and raftsmen lived there.

 

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