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“Interesting but Boring”

National Gallery in Prague
Ranked #30 of 932 things to do in Prague
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: National Gallery in Prague with six building in Prague: Trade Fair Palace, Dukelských hrdinů 47, Prague 7 Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, U Milosrdných 17, Prague 1 Sternberg Palace, Hradčanské náměstí 15, Prague 1 Schwarzenberg Palace, Hradčanské náměstí 2, Prague 1 Salm Palace, Hradčanské náměstí 2, Prague 1 Kinský Palace, Staroměstské náměstí 12, Prague 1
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“Interesting but Boring”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

We found the artwork interesting and are glad we went but found the whole experience a bit boring. The building itself while modern feels uninspired. Maybe because it was a Wednesday but the place was empty. We were one of maybe 5 families there. The staff was not helpful and had these solemn looks on their faces almost like they were working in a morgue instead of an art gallery. A few did point us to important works of art which we appreciated but other than that it wasn't memorable. No museum cafe which I found appropriate given our overall experience. If you have time and are an art lover go otherwise skip it, not worth the time.

Visited December 2013
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“National Gallery - Almost missed it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

You can spend almost a whole day here - opens at 10:00am - No cafe inside, but you can break away to a wonderfull little cafe opposite that does a lovely apple studdel. Refreshed

Visited December 2013
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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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“Mucha's Slavic Epic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

This museum houses the enormous Slavic Epic paintings by Alfonso Mucha and will be here for
a year before they move it elsewhere. Although he was well known for his Art Nouvveau illustrations, most are not aware of his gift of 22 paintings to the city of Prague which depicts its
dark history. The paintings are amazing with incredible detail and shades of color. He painted one or two each year before they were all completed. We were happy we found out about them via our visit to the Mucha Museum the day before. There is a video that deals mostly with the conflict surrounding his gift, where to display the art and ongoing dealings with family members rather than the life of Mucha and his accomplishments. That part was a disappointment and went on far too long for a video. The video at the other museum was much more interesting.

Visited December 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Not to be missed but hurry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

A short street car ride will take you to the Narodni Gallerie, where this collection of large canvases is on display through December 2014. According to the man at the desk, it will tour to Japan but no decision has yet been made for its location after its return. They were formerly housed in a town in Moravia but Prague successfully gained temporary possession over the protests of the artist's descendants. These are huge paintings by Alfons Mucha, who worked on them for decades, ending in 1928. His work was supported by Charles Crane, an American. Mucha researched his subject and visited the sites represented in the works. They are inspiring both as imaginative visions of historical events and as skillfully executed works of art. Since a few measure more than 30 yards high, you'll need to move around to get various points of view, something that may be difficult when the museum is crowded, sometimes with school children. So go early; the museum opens at 10:00 a.m.

Visited November 2013
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“A total surprise, deserves more recognition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

Its an 8-10 minute tram ride from old town but completely worth a visit. The museum is large and filled with modern art treasures from Slavic artists to Picasso and Monet. Was not expecting to see this. Only allotted an hour and a half when I went but you could easily spend a few hours here.

The concierges at the hotels dont give this attraction high priority but definitely go....
The fee is not expensive...

Visited October 2013
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