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Expert recommendations and insider tips for first-time visitors and locals alike from ARTĚL’s founder, Karen Feldman, who has lived in Prague since 1994. Click on the links below for detailed reviews – from Feldman’s own unique perspective – of all the best that Prague has to offer...

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Folk Art Museum

Published on February 14th, 2013 in Sights

  • Village people, 1940

  • Moravian Folk Costumes

  • Moravian Maidens Painting the Façade of a House, 1941

  • Dancing Moravian Folk

  • Bohemian folk costume, c. 1941

  • Staročeský embossed gingerbread


Beyond a few very general introductions, this museum is not exactly English-friendly; however, it’s definitely high on my recommendation list. It reopened in 2005 after what was clearly a very loving restoration, and has been curated to perfection. The museum is filled with exquisite folk costumes, everyday wear and artifacts such as ceramics, farming tools and furniture. Anyone who is interested in textiles will have a special appreciation of the collection, as it shows off the intricate handiwork of sewing, embroidery and weaving that only the deftest of hands could have executed; additionally, you’ll see very interesting use of sequins and metallic threads. The exhibit with the baby clothing gets me every time, but I also love the dioramas that provide insight into how Czechs experienced everyday life.

 

Sadly, the gift shop has not embraced the glorious potential of modern consumerism, but there are a few items inspired by pieces in the museum collection that I feel are worth noting: the wooden toys, painted ceramic bowls, and traditional gingerbread in various forms (including Christmas ornaments) are especially nice; my personal favorites are wood pendant necklaces on leather twine, many of them handpainted with religious icons. On my last visit, I bought a lamb pendant that I love for 150 CZK.

 

Folk Art Museum (Národopisné muzeum)

Kinský Summer Palace at Petřín Hill (Letohrádek Kinských)
Kinského zahrada 98, Prague 5, Smíchov
tel 257 214 806
hours Tue–Sun: 10:00–18:00
entrance fee 70 CZK Adults; 40 CZK Children; 6 and under Free
tram 6, 9, 12, 20 to Švandovo divadlo

 

 

 

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