An exhibition of tapestries from the collections of the National Museum in the western hall of the Historical building
One of the National Museum’s tasks is to document areas and spaces associated with public life in the Czech Lands. As membership of a church, organisation or state was frequently presented in the form of various types of textiles that had ceremonial, ritual, aesthetic, and even propaganda value, the National Museum’s collection of artefacts includes a plethora of textiles associated with religious life (the Třeboň Antependium), life within an organisation (the banners of guilds and associations), and political parties (the banners of political parties), etc.
The National Museum’s collection also features textiles that were installed in premises linked to the official representation of the state. They played various roles. Some of them were related to state ceremony and statesmanship (textiles from the two chambers of the First Czechoslovak Republic’s National Assembly and from the Vítkov National Monument). Others were used for artistic decoration and proved the high standard of craftsmanship and art in the Czech Lands and Czechoslovakia. These include textiles from the Federal Assembly building.
The Czech Republic is not one of history’s traditional producers of weft rep tapestries (“gobelins”). Instead, the Czech Lands evidently made only embroidered wall tapestries, which date back to the Middle Ages. Gobelins were mainly imported into Bohemia from France, Flanders and Germany, and were part of the collections built up, for example, by Emperor Rudolf II. The first gobelin manufactory in the Czech Lands was founded in 1895 by Rudolf Schlattauer. Since then, the town of Valašské Meziříčí has been a traditional producer of tapestries woven using the gobelin technique. A second gobelin manufactory was set up in 1910 in Jindřichův Hradec by the artist Marie Teinitzerová, a co-founder of the Artěl group of artists. It was here that important state contracts were commissioned during the First Republic. The tapestries were designed by Czech artists prominent at the time.
At the exhibition in the western hall of the Historical building of the National Museum can be seen tapestries designed by e.g. František Kysela, Karel Svolinský, Antonín Kybal, Cyril Bouda or Věra Drnková-Zářecká.
There are currently no permanent exhibitions in the Historical building of the National Museum.
Permanent exhibitions will open gradually to visitors during 2020.
Due to the limited capacity of the dome, tickets cannot be purchased in advance, but only on the day of the visit, on presentation of a valid ticket to the museum. Viewing of the cupola is allowed only after purchasing a ticket for a particular time at the museum's cash desk.
Visitors are admitted to the cupola in groups at 30 minute intervals between 10:30 and 17:30.
Due to the character of the building and its technical capacity, access to the dome is not barrier-free.
Entrance of the exhibition without reservation.
Groups: 10% discount from the standard admission fee – for an organised group of 30 or more people with collective paymen (except for school groups).
Free admission: Children up to 6 years; children from children’s homes or SOS children’s villages; holders of physical disability cards (ZTP, ZTP/P and people accompanying them); ICOM, the National Museum Society; holders of the Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport, Prague Card.
Filming, taking photos (no flash) for noncommercial use – free with valid ticket.
The ticket must be kept for the duration of the visit.