This post was originally published in October, 2016 and was updated in November, 2017.
Whether you’re a tourist in town just for a few days, or you’re in Prague for a special event, make sure you get some culture and visit one of the city’s best attractions. In a city as cultural as Prague, there are more than enough museums to satisfy any type of tourist.
You’ll find museums highlighting works by legendary Czech artists, historical museums and even quirky local museums depicting the Czech Republic’s unusual and interesting history. We’ve collected the 6 best museums in Prague for the culture vultures out there – enjoy!
6 Top Museums in Prague
The National Museum of Prague is one of the most important museums of the city. It exhibits natural scientific and historical collections. The museum was founded in 1818 in Prague by Kašpar Maria Šternberg. The National Museum is home to almost 14 million items, which can be found across the city in tens of buildings.
Address: Vinohradská 1 , Prague 1
Hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm
Price: Full 200 CZK/ reduced 140 CZK/ family 340 CZK
The Lapidarium is one of the buildings of the National Museum, which holds the greatest collection of stone sculptures in the Czech Republic. The name of the museum comes from the sculptures held within, as “lapis” in latin means stone. The sculptures date from the Middle Ages all the way to the 19th century. The museum can be hard to find, so make sure to double-check the address before setting out to visit. The museums’ reviews on TripAdvisor describe it as a “jewel of Prague.”
Address: Výstaviště 422, Prague 7
Hours: Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm; Thursday – Sunday 12 noon – 6 pm
Admission: Full 50 CZK/ reduced 30 CZK/ family 80 CZK
Prague Public Transport Museum
The Prague Public Transport Museum was opened in 1993 by the Prague Public Transport Company in the historical tram depot building of Prague. The collection contains 40 historical public transport vehicles, from buses to trams to trains. You can also find photographs, historical documents, tickets and blueprints of the vehicles.
Address: Patočkova 4, Prague 6
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 5 pm, from late-March to mid-November
Admission: Adult 35 CZK/ child 20 CZK
The Museum Kampa is located on the eastern shore of the Kampa Island found in the River Vltava, between the Lesser Town and the Old Town. The museum is a modern art gallery which features work from all of Europe. The museum opened in 2003 and house pieces from the private collection of Meda Mladek. The main piece, and prominent landmark, of this museum is the large sculpture of a chair by Magdalena Jetelova found outside the museum and visible all the way from across the river.
Address: U Sovových mlýnů 2, Prague 1 – Malá Strana
Hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm
Admission: Adults 240 CZK/ students 120 CZK/ children under 6 free
While you’re in Prague why not check out one of our fantastic food tours? You can choose from: Prague Food Tour, Craft Beer & Food Tasting Tour and the Prague Evening Tour from Prague castle.
The Jewish Museum was built in 1906 as a way to preserve valuable artifacts from the synagogues in Prague that had been demolished in the 20th century, during the reconstruction of the Jewish Town. After the Nazi occupation of Bohemia and Moravia in 1939, the Jewish Museum was closed to the public. The original founders fought to save the Jewish artifacts that were being confiscated by the Nazis, and after long negotiations with the latter, the project was approved to re-open the Central Jewish Museum. Only in 1950 was the ownership of the Museum transferred to the State, which was however controlled by the communists who restricted its preservation and exhibition. After the fall of the communist regime, the museum (and all its buildings and collections) was finally returned to the Jewish Community of Prague and reopened as a non-state organization.
Address: U Staré školy 1, Prague 1
Hours: See website for opening hours of each building
Admission: See website for entry fees of each building
Museum of Decorative Arts
The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague is an exhibition of textiles, fashion, applied graphic, photography, glass, ceramics, metal and much more. Its aim is to “collect and preserve for future generations, in both national and international contexts”.
Address: 17 Listopadu 2, Prague 1
Hours: Currently closed for renovations. Temporary exhibitions expected to open in 2017.
Admission: Permanent and Temporary exhibits: Full 120 CZK/ reduced 70 CZK
Temporary exhibits: Full 80 CZK/reduced 40 CZK
Free every Tuesday from 5 pm – 7 pm