National Museum (Národní muzeum)

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National Museum, PragueThe National Museum in Prague dominates the top of Wenceslas Square. It was opened in 1890, at the peak of the Czech National Revival movement, as a grand representation of Czech history and nationalism. Severe damage was caused to the front facade, pillars and statues when the building came under fire from the occupying Soviets in 1968. Combined with the damage caused in World War II, the National Museum found itself in disrepair and had to be closed for extensive reconstruction in 2011.

The museum houses exhibits on the prehistory of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia, collections of rocks and minerals, and vast paleontology, zoology, and anthropology displays.

The opening times and admission listed below are subject to change. Please check the museum website for current information.

The historical building of the National Museum is closed for reconstruction from 2011 until approximately 2018. Expositions can be viewed in the National Museum's other location nearby.

Address: Vinohradská 1, Prague 1 (new building), Václavské náměstí 68, Prague 1 (historical building)
Getting there: Metro A/C or tram 11 to Muzeum
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (May - Sep.), 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Oct. - Apr.), closed every first Tuesday of the month
Admission: Full 80 Kč/reduced 40 Kč; free every first Monday of the month