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Noah's Ark at the National Museum

Published on October 08th, 2015 in Entertainment

  • Noah's Ark at the National Museum

  • Noah's Ark at the National Museum

  • Noah's Ark at the National Museum

  • Noah's Ark at the National Museum

  • Noah's Ark at the National Museum

  • Noah's Ark at the National Museum

  • Noah's Ark at the National Museum

  • Noah's Ark at the National Museum

  • Noah's Ark at the National Museum

While the illustrated poster for the National Museum's Noah's Ark exhibit may be a little misleading (there is nothing cartoonish about this extensive collection of taxidermied animals!), I recently visited and can honestly say that it's certain to be a big hit with little ones and their handlers.

 

This fairly new long-term exhibit takes its name from the mythical Noah and his animal pairs but rather focuses on the species, similar to those found on the biblical ark, that are endangered today and require saving not from a flood but from the dangers of the modern world.

 

Despite the initial confusion, the ark theme ties it all together nicely as the animals are displayed around a massive wooden ship-like structure that is surrounded by planks and sand. Wildlife noises, not to mention the body heat from the crowds, gave our experience an exotic feel.

 

 

 

 

I must say that anyone who recognizes the animal collection from the National Museum's adjacent old building – including a dinosaur skeleton, sharks, polar bears, and endless animal curiosities – will find this two-floor presentation much more entertaining.

 

Children of all ages will enjoy the fierce jungle creatures on display, interactive maps throughout, and especially the kid's corner where they can drive a virtual ark, color, or do hands-on activities devoted to furry – and scaly! – friends. And if your kids are at that technically savvy age there is a smartphone app you can download in advance that guides you through the exhibit with additional audio and fun facts.

 

Families with small children are not allowed to bring their strollers inside of the wing that houses this exhibit. But the museum will actually lend you a light-weight stroller to take into the exhibit which proved very handy, at least for us.

 

I also highly recommend the National Museum's new building to anyone who is interested not only in natural sciences and biodiversity, but the Brutalist style of architecture. The building, which formerly housed the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly and was built by architect Karel Prager from 1966-1973, is typically considered, along with the National Theatre's New Stage also designed by Prager, among the ugliest in Prague.

 

 

Noah's Ark (Archa Noemova)

Národní muzeum
Vinohradská 1, Prague 1
www.nm.cz/Prirodovedecke-muzeum/Long-term-Exhibitions-NHM/Noahs-Ark-Exhibiton.html
tel 224 497 111
hours Every first Wed of the month 10:00 – 20:00; Mon-Tue 10:00 –18:00; Wed 9:00 – 18:00; Thurs-Sun 10:00 – 18:00
metro C Muzeum
admission 100 CZK (170 CZK family pass)

 

 

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