Museums in Prague may not be high on your list of places to visit. But, there are a few that may get your attention enough to consider changing your sightseeing plans.
To prove it, we've worked up a list of museums that can easily compete for your sightseeing time.
his is a tight list of recommendations, so apologies if you're looking for a colorless list of all the museums in Prague.
Below, we highlight the National Museum and the Jewish Museum in Prague - and a few other lesser known museums to tempt you away from the typical sights.
www.muzeumprahy.cz - Metro: Staroměstská - Closed Saturdays and Jewish Holidays
First, let's clarify something about this museum that confuses a lot of people. The Jewish Museum is not one museum.
Rather, it's a collection of 6 different sites in the Jewish Quarter, or Josefov.
Formally, this group of sites is known as the Jewish Museum in Prague.
Admission to the "museum" includes four synagogues, the famous Old Jewish Cemetery and the Ceremonial Hall. Discount tickets are available to those with a Prague Card.
No matter your age or experience level, the museum is worth it. You can easily spend a full day here exploring, reading and absorbing all the details and historical elements.
Please note, the Jewish Museum in Prague does not include the Old-New Synagogue. You can access this site separately or with a more expensive, all-inclusive ticket.
National Museum of Prague - www.nm.cz - Metro: Muzeum (main location)
The National Museum at Wenceslas Square houses a collection of natural and scientific exhibitions. It's closed for renovation till 2015, but the museum has added an adjacent building for current exhibitions.
The National Museum in name is also a collection of other museums. Two of our favorites in their group include...
Czech Museum of Music - this museum offers a wide variety of changing exhibitions based on Czech music and its influences. The museum also has occasional concerts. Address: Karmelitská 4, Malá Strana
National Memorial on Vítkov Hill - a highly recommended destination, with both beautiful and bizarre elements. Once used as a mausoleum for Communist leaders, it now showcases historical perspectives of Czech Republic. Address: U Památníku 1900, Prague 3
The National Museum also includes the beautiful Antonín Dvořak Museum, the rarely visited Lapidárium with original sculptures from Charles Bridge, the Naprstek Museum, and Bedřich Smetana Museum.
Museum of the Capital City of Prague
www.muzeumprahy.cz - Metro: Florenc - Closed Mondays.
This museum has a variety of both temporary and permanent exhibitions including Baroque art and artifacts of a Prague long ago.
But, the museum's real gem is Langweil's model of Prague. This paper reconstruction of the city by Antonin Langweil was created over 11 years (1826-1837) - often at night and in secret.
The amount of detail and effort put into the model is simply incredible. It's worth the price of admission alone.
Tip: Call ahead and reserve a seat for the 3D film of the model.
www.ngprague.cz - The National Gallery is another deceiving name because the gallery is a actually group of gallery spaces strewn across the city. Works of art within the Gallery group ranges from medieval art in Europe to Czech cubism and modern art.
If you can't spare the time to see the art inside, you might consider just coming by for the visual appeal of some of the particular buildings. Our favorite spaces include the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia for its old beauty and Veletržní Palace for a modern break.
City Gallery of Prague
www.ghmp.cz - The City Gallery has two gallery spaces that are ideal for visiting if you have just a few days in Prague. We suggest trying the House
at the Stone Bell or the Old Town City Hall. Both galleries are right on Old Town Square.
Mucha Museum Prague
www.mucha.cz - Metro: Mustek - Open daily 10 - 6.
This museum is all about the Czech icon of Art Nouveau, Alfons Mucha. With a variety of paintings, drawings, photographs and more on continuous display, this makes for a very memorable museum moment. Not to be missed if you enjoy Art Nouveau.
DOX Center for Contemporary Art
www.dox.cz - Metro: Nadraží Holešovice - Closed Tuesdays
Simply one of the best galleries in Prague, DOX has a constant mix of interesting art rolling through its doors. From mixed media, to large installations and films - there seem to be no borders here.
And, DOX makes for a great reason to get out of the tourist city center and see a different part of town, Holešovice.
www.museumkampa.cz; Tram: 12, 20, 22 to Malostranské náměstí; open daily.
Museum Kampa is another easy museum to add to a day of sightseeing in Prague. Its prime, yet quiet location on Kampa Island is just south of Charles Bridge.
Once a mill, the building here dates to the 14th century and sits delightfully on the banks of the Vltava River amidst the greenery of the island.
If you are short on time, come here just for the outdoor statues, views of Old Town and the peaceful atmosphere. Of course, once you see the place, you'll likely feel pulled inside for more.
National Technical Museum
www.ntm.cz - Tram: 1, 8, 18 or 26 to Letenské naměstí - Closed Mondays
This unusual Prague museum is a buffet of all things mechanical, technical, industrial and so on... from real airplanes hanging from the rafters to antique cars, model trains, printing presses and more. Children in particular love this place. And, it's very close to Prague's Letna Park with excellent views over the city and one fine beer garden.
Public Transport Museum
www.dpp.cz - Tram: 1 or 18 to Vozovna Štřešovice - Closed Mondays
Once a transport depot, this museum includes an assortment of old buses, trams and transport related displays from Prague's past. The admission price is family friendly and from April through October you can hop on the Nostalgia Tram 91 from here for a fun rattling ride through Prague.
Museum of Miniatures
(no website, see TripAdvisor listing) - Tram: 22 to Pohořelec - Open daily
The Museum of Miniatures is a collection of works of art created by Anatoly Konenko that are so small you'll need the help of magnifiers to see them. Full paintings and portraits are placed inside things like the eye of a needle or on a human hair. It's a small exhibit so take a few minutes to be wowed.
There are plenty of other museums in Prague that are worth considering. Here are a few honorable mentions:
Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments - mostly for tourists, but odd and fun at the same time.
Franz Kafka Museum, a lovely location for all about Prague's famous writer.
Charles Bridge Museum, insights into the history and legends of this 14th century bridge.
Obecni Dum, this fantastic Art Nouveau building includes a large gallery space that offers even more reason to look around inside.
Galerie Rudolfinum, adjacent to Prague's popular concert hall, the gallery is known for its thought provoking exhibitions and popular artists.
Click on any of the blue markers on this map to explore our recommended museums in Prague in more detail. Most are very central and all have good transport connections.