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Monarchy at the National Museum

Published on April 18th, 2013 in Sights

  • Emperor Franz Josef - Commemorative Postcard for Prague Jubilee 1908 (Illustration by Koloman Moser)

  • Emperor Franz Josef old and young - Vintage Postcard

  • From the Exhibition - Every day life

  • From the Exhibition - a childs toy

  • National Museum - Former Radio Free Europe Building

  • Stamp of Emperor Franz Josef


The main branch of the National Museum, a Wenceslas Square landmark, will be closed for renovation until 2015. Luckily, the museum has taken up residence in the building next door, formerly the offices of Radio Free Europe. I highly recommend the current exhibit at the New Building, Monarchy, a weird and wonderful collection of royal relics and regalia from the late 19th-century period of Hapsburg rule in the Czech lands. (I particularly appreciated the hand-painted imperial shooting targets.) A number of curiosities from that era are also on display, among them a replica of the Prague pneumatic post, daguerreotype photographs, and an old-fashioned peep-show. Not all the attractions are so risqué, however. The entire second floor is devoted to the lives of turn-of-the-century children, complete with interactive stations for dressing up and other old-fashioned play. As a part of the larger Monarch series, secondary exhibits will be taking place at a number of the museum’s other branches, including one at the Ethnographical Museum in Kinsky Palace that is devoted to 19th-century gastronomy.

Exhibition Ends June 9, 2013


National Museum New Building

Vinohradská 1, Prague 1, Nové Mesto
tel 224 497 111
hours Open daily: 10:00–18:00; extended hours on Wed (9:00–18:00 and, on the first Wed of every month, 10:00–20:00)
metro Muzeum
admission 100 CZK or 170 CZK for families (max 2 adults and 3 children)