Places Around The National Museum in Prague
The National Museum in Prague
Address: Praha 1,
Václavské námestí 68
Opened: May – September
10.00 am – 6.00 pm
October – April 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Closed: every first
Tuesday of the month
Phone: +420 224 497 111
The Neo-Renaissance building housing
the main building of the National Museum is the design of the famous Czech
architect Josef Schultz and dates from the national revival period in Prague,
at the end of the 19th century (1885-1890). The main
museum building is located on the upper end of Wenceslas Square.
The Museum consists of several well known departments among which one can find:
Department of Prehistory and Protohistory - contains an extremely
rich collection of artifacts, which were used daily thousands of years ago. The
department also maintains collections in the field of classical archeology,
however its main value is in the documentation of Greek and Roman arts and crafts.
Department of Classical Archeology - beginning where protohistory
leaves off, this department has assembled a numerous amount of objects, which
trace the development of Czechoslovakia.
Department of Ethnography - the stated
aim of this department is to gather systemically factual material and data
about the history and culture of the people of Czechoslovakia and the other
nations of Europe, from the end of the 17th century to the present day.
However, much of the focus is placed on Slavic nations.
of Numismatics - among the oldest departments in the Museum, it was
founded through the gift of Count Sternberk. The goal of this department is to
achieve a complete collection of legal tender coins used in past and present
day Czechoslovakia. In addition, the department has a great amount of foreign
coin collections, the most valuable of these being a collection of coins of
classical antiquity. Along with collecting coins, the department also maintains
a large collection of medals. At present day, the National Museum contains
approximately half-a million objects.
According to their website, the National
Museum at present contains several million items of material concerning the
areas of mineralogy, paleontology, mycology, botany, entomology, zoology,
anthropology, and archeology, which is mostly concerned with the period from
Neolithic times to 10th century AD.