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“Small but interesting during renovation”
Review of National Museum

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Reviewed 29 September 2013

My husband and I visited the smaller museum in the former communist headquarter building while the main museum was being renovated. We were able to see everything in a little less than two hours, and we read almost every sign. It was interesting and worth stopping in, though my husband would have preferred we visit the military museum instead, further from the center of town. Almost all displays included English, which was nice for us, too.

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Reviewed 22 August 2013

As many people have pointed out, the main building is closed for renovation. However, there is an adjacent building that is open. They presented us with a brochure with a cover saying "National Museum Is Not Just One Building" and that shows several other sites including the Czech Museum of Music, The Ethnographical Museum, and others. We asked if one ticket worked for all museums and they said 'yes'. So we purchased tickets for our party of 5 and toured the Czech history exhibit at the Nation Museum New Building. It was pretty good. We then hiked the ~ 1 mile to the Museum of Music, only to have them tell us we needed to purchase a separate admission. I showed them the brochure and told them what we'd been told. The woman said "yes, that is a mistake. You must buy new tickets".
Clearly they know that the other museum is lying, but they've done nothing to correct the problem. Easier to just bilk tourists, I suppose.

2  Thank Patchman0512
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

The museum is consisted of two buildings: main building which is the historical museum and a new-modern building for changing exhibitions. As been told in the title the main building is closed until mid 2015. The new and modern building is just across the street. When for July 2013, it showed 2 exhibitions for a total price of 200czk (per adult). The exhibitions were nice but not big, hence the visit was very short. You can skip this attraction if you don't have spare time.

2  Thank Haifanic
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

With the main older museum closed for upgrading the current smaller building next door has a small interesting exhibit on Monarchy , primarily life from mid 1800s to WW1. Photos are allowed and the upstairs exhibit on lives of children during these times was very well done and a fresh look at an aspect of history not often covered in museums

1  Thank Rob999_11
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

The main museum building is closed for refurbishment so at the moment the national museum is a collection of small exhibits scattered around the city. I visited the building next door to the main building; it has 2 exhibitions 1. Monarchy, 2. Life of children under emperor franz Joseph I.

Entrance is 100 kc for an adult ticket, with the exhibition being spread over to floors in a small part of the building. Downstairs is the monarchy exhibition, which consists of boards showing prints of paintings with descriptions in Czech and English. There are also models showing costumes and room settings. There area areas showing black and white films from the early age of cinematography. The focus of the exhibition is life in the 19th century. Exiting this area you need to go upstairs via the lift for the next exhibition.

Upstairs is about the life of children, which is written display boards and models. It is possible to follow a trail describing the life of a child from 4 different backgrounds to find out how what they would've experienced would've been different. There are play areas for children throughout the museum including a drawing/activity room, dressing up, puppet show area, marble playing, throwing balls and other games. I would say this museum is very child friendly, more so on the upper floor.

This does not feel like a national museum, exhibits a bit limited for that, though it is a pleasant enough way to spend an hour or two.

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