Since I am a Dvorak fan, scheduling a visit to this museum was a must. I was not disappointed. With Dvorak’s music softly playing as we toured the museum, we loved our visit to vila Amerika. I highly recommend this venue if you are interested in the life and music of this great composer.
Prague born Antonin Dvorak, composer of the New World Symphony written while he lived in America for 3 years, was one of the Czech Republic's greatest composers.
The building itself, Vila Amerika, is a beautiful early 18th century baroque summer palace that was designed by Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer, the same architect responsible for the design of the gorgeous baroque St Nicholas church in Malá strana, and was originally the summer palace of Vaclav Michna. As you tour Vila Amerika, will get a good idea of how the Prague aristocracy lived during the 1700’s.
The recital hall on the first floor is stunning, decorated with a beautiful fresco, Apollo, Pegasus and the Arts, by Johan Ferdinand Schor.
Although he did not live in here during his lifetime, Vila Amerika today is home to the museum dedicated to the life and works of Antonín Dvorak. It houses a unique collection of Dvorak’s music manuscripts, music programs, personal correspondence, posters, period photographs and many of Dvorak’s personal items.
Location: Ke Karlovu 20 (we took the metro, Line C, to I.P. Pavlova & then walked the short distance to the museum)
Admission: Adults - 50 Kc, Seniors – 25 Kc.
Open: Tuesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays) – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Note: You can also attend concerts in the small concert hall located in beautifuthe villa. If you are interested in a concert here, you can check-out the concert schedule at the Prague Ticket Center at Via Musica, located in Old Town Square or online at:
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