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img_1011 Hey. 3 months ago I moved to Prague. Because of work, blog and other duties I didn’t have much time to explore Prague as much as I would like to.
On 28 October 2018 – the day of the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic the historical building of the national museum in Prague was re-opened after long-term reconstructions. Museum introduced 2 exhibitions:
Czech-Slovak / Slovak-Czech Exhibition
 2 x 100 Exhibition

and you can read about each of them in links above. I found both of the exhibitions very interesting – for me a Slovak girl living in the Czech Republic it was very fascinating to see/read about Czechoslovakian history.
What’s most important thought: In celebration of re-opening of the building, 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia, 200 years of a national museum – well there is a lot to celebrate and museum knows it. That’s why they offer

FREE ENTRY until the end of 2018!

I went to check this free entry museum on my own. As it’s free many visitors are interested, that means you have to expect horrible queues. I went to the museum on Monday morning – I thought people are at work, kids at school, it’s my day off so why not. They opened at 10 and my roommate who went to work that way send me a photo of how did current queue looked like. Not pretty:

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(let me explain to you that this was all around the building)

so I decided to go there later on.

It was noon and when I arrived and queue looked the same. I really didn’t want to wait that long so I went to check out some other beauties of Prague and returned 3 hours later. The queue was like only half of the mornings one so I got into a line.

For my surprise, it was moving so fast!

8 minutes and I was in! So my advice – don’t get sickened by the long queues as I did – it’s not that bad how it looks like. (and it’s free so you can wait a while)

Once I got inside I was informed by bodyguard where the cloakrooms were as bags and coats are not allowed inside the exhibitions. Which is great as it was really warm inside and it felt great to walk around just in my sweater and with my phone only.

Everything was well-organized, arrows and signs with a czech and English description so it’s great for tourists.

(and there were a lot of them inside)

The Czechoslovakian exhibition contained short films, presentations, pictures, photographs, clothes, vehicles, furniture, utensils, statues and literally anything you could think of. For tourist who doesn’t know much about Czechoslovakia, it’s great because it offers many description and historical explanation so you can learn a lot. But for someone like me, it was still very educational, but it was much more nostalgic.

Even though I was born shortly after the end of Czechoslovakia I recognized so many exhibits from my home when I was a kid – made me feel so old and I’m just 22.

For someone older, it must have been quite emotional. Here are a few photographs.

Rest of museum was quite unique – more international. I understand that many foreigners might not be very interested in Czechoslovakian history. But the best exhibits of museum must be more interesting for them. It was mix of everything. Every exhibit was described in both Czech and English.

I really don’t want to spoil you anything but I’m gonna show you my favourite exhibit = Tsantsa – trophy human head.

Both exhibits were great – but I was more stunned by the whole building.

I was staring at the walls, ceiling and wall art more than the exhibits itself.

Looks great now.

 

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Whole building it’s still under reconstruction so you might see some workers from time to time.

That’s also why there is no barrier-free access available.

If you’re visiting with kids there are some pros and cons for you.

Pro – you don’t have to wait in line/con you have to leave your stroller outside and carry your kid all the time.
I didn’t see any kid at the time when I was visiting thought.

If you happened to be in Prague till 31.12.2018 try to find some time and visit the historical building of the national museum. Queues might be discouraging but the 30-60 minutes you spend inside will make up for it.

It’s free it is educational and if you’re not into that kind of stuff it’s really pretty and peaceful inside.

Museum has a great location – right at the Vaclavske Namesti so even when you’re waiting in line you have spectacular views over the town square.

I’m surely gonna go again till the end of the year and you should too.

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Thank you for your attention
xo Natalia

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30 Comments

  1. November 13, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    WOW! So beautiful and full of history. Thank you so much for sharing. I will probably never get there but I sure appreciate you taking the time to tell us all about it. I think the shrunken head is pretty interesting, too.

  2. November 13, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    In the posters, it’s interesting how the image of a young woman was used at different times, in different roles, to represent the nation. She could bestow honor (on a male hero), protect the vulnerable (children), or be imprisoned (I’m not sure by what). In each case the female figure represents the ideals of the nation. What a heavy burden for women to carry!

  3. November 13, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Beautiful city. I have never been there but a friend of mine goes for a visit every few years and he loves it there. Nice blog!

  4. Elaina
    November 13, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing the building. I love the details given to old buildings.

  5. November 13, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    I’ve been here. 🙂

  6. November 13, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Beautiful pics… Wow stunning

  7. Alex
    November 14, 2018 / 4:35 am

    i’ve been there . i must say the city itself is impresive . beautiful article Natalia !

  8. November 14, 2018 / 8:57 am

    It looks very impressive, I’m sure you are very proud!

  9. November 14, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    I’ll let my friend know , she plans on visiting Prague! Beautiful photos!

  10. November 14, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Thank you for giving insight and journey through your blog. God Bless!

  11. hcyip
    November 15, 2018 / 10:19 am

    Nice to read about the Czech National Museum. Seems like a very good museum to visit.

  12. November 15, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Nice info and nice post… you make me want to go to that place …

  13. November 15, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Prague is great. I’ve been here for 12 years and love it.
    Here is something for you to look forward to, every year in the summer all of the Museums are open in the evening and entry is free as is the public transport to get you too them.
    Purrs,
    The Cat

  14. November 15, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    I see a beautiful life pervading the photos.

  15. November 16, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    Looks great,I’ve always wanted to visit Prague. Thank you for the lovely info,cultural,picturesque,exciting!

  16. November 17, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    Then I just need to get to Prague

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  18. November 20, 2018 / 3:21 am

    This looks like a fascinating museum. It’s amazing that with such a long line you were able to get in so quickly. Awesome!
    Thanks for sharing all these photos. It makes me feel like I was there. 😉

  19. November 23, 2018 / 11:46 am

    Love museums like this one! So wish I could get there.

  20. November 25, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    good to know, I am in Prague this days for business too

  21. November 29, 2018 / 8:35 am

    The desks, maps and blackboards they had in schools in those days look very much like what they had in school rooms in the Canadian prairie provinces in the 1920s and 1930s.
    My dad founded a museum in the Canadian province of Alberta back in the 1990s and the 1930s replica school room he built in the museum had desks very much like those in the picture.

  22. December 10, 2018 / 8:26 am

    I can see where you would get lost in the ceilings and walls. I would do the same and come back another day for the exhibits!

  23. December 10, 2018 / 8:31 am

    I can certainly see how you could get lost in the walls and especially the ceilings. I’m right there with you! I’d have to come back another day for the exhibits.

  24. February 10, 2019 / 4:55 am

    I remember visiting the museum years ago. It was beautiful.

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