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Due to a reconstruction, the historical building of the National Museum is closed from 7 July 2011.

The National Museum has been preparing reconstruction of its historical building at the Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí).

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Why reconstruction?

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The historical building of the National Museum is almost dilapidated.

There have not been any significant repairs made since the opening of the building. It was also damaged by two military attacks in 1945 and 1968. If we don’t start with a renovation of this extraordinary building as soon as possible, there would be a threat it would have to be closed due to security reasons. So the aim of the demanding reconstruction is to save such significant national cultural heritage and to transform it into a modern museum space.
Due to the extended space in the historical building and its connection with the new building of the National Museum, there will be almost doubled space for the exhibitions (11 300 m2). So the visitors will have the opportunity to admire many unique collection items hidden in depository today.

When and for how long will be the historical building of the National Museum closed?

Historical building of the National Museum is closed from 7 July 2011 in order to disassemble all of the expositions.

The re-opening of the historical building is symbolically planned for 2018, when the National Museum will celebrate 200 years since its founding.

On the beginning of 2010 the project works for the reconstruction were started. Apart from project works adjustments and equipment of depositories outside of Prague, packing and moving the collections and museum employees have been done resulting in restrictions in the access to some collections and preliminary closing of the Library of the National Museum.

What will the historical building of the National Museum look like after the reconstruction?

Apart from the museum expositions, there are also resting places, places to work with school excursion courses, storage space for prams, children’s corner, cafe and a gift shop planned in the project. The building will be barrier-free.

Have a tour through the reconstructed historical building of the National Museum:

The visitors will have the chance to go from the hall to the new spaces of the visitors´ facilities in the basement i.e. capacity changing rooms and restrooms. On the ground floor there will be a museum cafe, a museum shop and children playroom available for them in the left roof-covered yard.

Permanent exposition will be located in the roof-covered yard in the right part of the building with hanging big-size exhibits or precious sculptures and monuments from the museum collections. On the ground floor there will be also short-term exhibitions in five exhibition halls.

Pantheon on the first floor, same as before the reconstruction, will remind us the famous Czech men and women who worked in science, social life or the art. First part of a new permanent exposition will be located in the remaining exhibition halls.

Interactive centre for students and youth will be on the second floor, in the pillared hall. Finally, at the end of the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to ascend up to the dome providing the view of the historical centre of Prague and Prague Castle.

Author of the reconstruction project is: Sdružení Národní muzeum, composed of firms: VPÚ DECO Praha, a. s., a SUDOP Praha, a. s., chief architect of the project is Ing. arch. Zdeněk Žilka.

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