There are over a hundred museums in Prague. To pick the best museum is a challenge, especially if you only have a few days to visit. This is one of the most common questions we receive on our walking tours so we decided to share with you a list of the best museums in Prague. We also included some of our local tips for your visit. You are welcome 😊!
Prague National Museum is definitely one of the best museums in Prague. It is located on the Wenceslas Square, at the place of the former Horse Gate to the Prague New Town. National Museum stores millions of objects, most of which are Natural History exhibits. It's not only about the exhibitions but also the stunning interiors of that building.
The national museum was built at the end of the 19th century, during a period called Czech National Revival, a time when Czechs were trying to culturally differentiate from Austria (being a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). Thus, the whole building has become a storytelling mechanism celebrating Czech history. Every sculpture, every fresco that decorates the interiors of this building is a little chapter from a fairy tale book, telling you the grand story of Bohemian people and their path towards the formation of Czechoslovakia.
The exhibition itself is mainly focused on natural history objects. We recommend checking out the large Mineral exhibit on the second floor! It is also possible to visit the Museum's dome, which provides a great view of Wenceslas Square. The Museum is working on opening more of its collection to the general public in 2021.
The admission fee is 200 czk and includes entrance to 9 museums that you can visit in the period of 5 days! For more information visit the official website of the Prague National Museum.
The National Technical Museum is one of the best deals you can get in Prague. The ticket for adults costs only 6 EUR and it opens 6 floors full of things to do. You will learn about how time has been measured throughout human history, how the cameras work, how news is broadcasted, and much more! The biggest perk this museum has is that its exhibitions are interactive and that way you can understand the different topics better. There is also one floor fully dedicated to children, so if you need a bit of rest from the little ones, just let them go crazy there. For more information visit their website!
Our personal favorite! If you want to learn about Prague's most important parts of history, you have to visit here. In the 14th and the 16th century, Prague was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire. This museum takes it upon itself to bring this time to life with its audiovisual exhibitions. The best part is, the museum is super hidden and there are almost no tourists there. We think it's definitely worth it to give this museum a visit. The entrance ticket costs 150 czk. A bargain!
The Museum of Communism is a classic. In the end, the period of Communism was the last defining part of Czech History and its reminiscence is still visible in the Czech streets today. It is a great place to visit to get the basic knowledge of this 41 years long history period. Do not expect expert knowledge though! In the end, the museum is designed to educate and entertain at the same time.
Jewish museum in Prague has one of the largest exhibitions of Jewish artifacts in the world. The exhibition is divided between multiple buildings based on the themes. The Maisel Synagogue houses an exhibition about the history of Jewish people in Prague, while the Klausen Synagogue explains Jewish ceremonies and holidays. There is a lot to learn and you can even spend here the whole day, especially if you get the audioguide. The admission is 420 czk, it is definitely the priciest one, but it includes 5 synagogues, Jewish Ceremonial Hall and even the Old Jewish cemetery! See more info on their website.
Are you a fan of Franz Kafka? Are you interested in how his life in Prague influenced his literary work? Then this museum is a must. You will learn about Franz Kafka's love life, his relationship with his father, and where Franz Kafka lived in Prague. All of that as you walk through a surreal setting that resembles the wildest images of Franz Kafka's world.
Author: Valeriia Zahradnikova and Vaclav Zahradnik, Prague guides certified by Prague City Tourism agency. Valeriia and Vaclav have worked in tourism for over 6 years and have guided thousands of Prague visitors.