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“A little hard to find but worth it”

Bedrich Smetana Museum
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US$37.52*
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Prague Welcome Card
Ranked #27 of 145 Concerts & Shows in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

You have to walk through what appears to be an outside restaurant to get to the front door of the museum. The museum itself is not large but it is well laid out and very informative. When we inquired about the grand piano in the center of the museum we were told it belonged to Smetana's teacher. The doscent asked if we wanted to play it and since my wife was at one time a concert pianist she jumped at the chance. She was in seventh heaven. Unfortunately she played a Chopan étude. Sorry Mr. Smetana.

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Loved this small museum about the life of and works by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana. Although the descriptions of the exhibits are in Czech, the friendly and enthusiastic staff provided an English guide which was informative. I was keenly fascinated by the facsimiles of autograph letters, documents and music scores. Some of his most notable compositions (e.g, his symphonic poem "Ma Vlast" and his opera "Libuse") were presented in facsimile and laid out on lecterns and podiums where one could turn the pages. Many personal items, including his Petrof grand piano, are in this museum. The exhibit provides an excellent overview of Smetana's life -- from birth to death.

The museum is located at the foot of the Charles Bridge in Old Town. Look for the massive bronze statue which is outside the museum. The location is also an ideal site for photo opportunities.

After we finished the museum, the staff person suggested that we visit the National Museum of Music -- another excellent and interactive museum.

2  Thank jdc8mbc
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

The Smetana museum is located in the centre of old Prague, close to the Charles Bridge. His house used to be Smetana's home. It is wonderful to be inside the intimate and tranquil museum and watch the madding crowd of tourists on the famous bridge nearby.
Here you learn about an under estimated composer, about his music and his life. Smetana was "father" of the unique Czech tradition in music.
Highly recommended!

1  Thank Isa1811670
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Even if you are not a Smetana aficionado, this small museum is worth a visit if only to escape the massive crowds on and around the Charles Bridge, and enjoy views of the river in tranquillity (and from very comfy seats!) We particularly enjoyed the interactive audio installation, which allows you to select excerpts of Smetana's music using a laser, from a conductor's podium - very imaginative. Very friendly staff. The other exhibition panels are in Czech, but with a full English translation via a free guide book. An enjoyable and restorative hour, before re-joining the fray of the tourist crowds.

2  Thank Claire W
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

I went to this museum with my son and was really surprised. There is an interactive sound system that will play some of Smetana's classics that can interest children. On display are artifacts from his life, like his glasses and the jewelry his wife wore at their wedding. I never knew that Smetana loved to draw until visiting this museum and opened up a new world about him to me. This museum is definitely for those who love such masters of music, but also who have a passing knowledge of Smetana too. I think anyone visiting this museum will learn something new him, that they didn't know before. The cost isn't too bad and I would go again.

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