The 1950s exhibition represents a decade of Czechoslovak history, the symbols of which were persecution and political trials behind the Iron Curtain, but also faith in a better world, which was built at the cost of lack of freedom and crimes, in a country decimated by totalitarianism and controlled by a party apparatus.
 
The 1950s are one of the darkest periods in our modern history. A period of political trials, judicial murders, lawlessness and the liquidation of democratic principles of state administration, for which the ruling Communist Party of Czechoslovakia is responsible. The totalitarian regime affected all areas of the social structure of Czechoslovakia, including the economy, culture, politics and foreign anchoring of the country. In this period, the future character of our society was set and distorted for many decades.
 
The exhibition presents the broader context of the 1950s, when the death of two communist leaders, J.V. Stalin and K. Gottwald, becomes the central point. The 1950s follow the path of many contrasts forming a comprehensive image of the time through key events such as the echoes of war, currency reform, the fates of the elites – the trial of Milada Horáková and Josef Toufar, the propaganda film industry, period press with themes of the Korean War, the collectivization of the countryside or the Third Resistance, but also the Olympic successes of Emil Zátopek and Ája Vrzáňová, and exile and samizdat materials. They show both the crimes of the communist regime and the post-war enthusiasm that allowed this regime to take political power in the state. The exhibition also focuses on the transformation of independent Czechoslovakia into a vassal of the Soviet Union.
 
The exhibition is based on interesting objects from the collection of the National Museum, supplemented by audiovisual elements that, together with the unusual architecture, evoke the atmosphere of that time.

Opening hours

Monday 10:00  -  18:00
Tuesday 10:00  -  18:00
Wednesday 10:00  -  18:00
Thursday 10:00  -  18:00
Friday 10:00  -  18:00
Saturday 10:00  -  18:00
Sunday 10:00  -  18:00

Adjusting the opening hours

15. 4. 2024 10:00  -  16:00
1. 5. 2024 10:00  -  18:00
8. 5. 2024 10:00  -  18:00

Entrance fees

We recommend purchasing a timed ticket to the Children's Museum on-line (in order to reserve a time slot). Tickets to the Museum Complex can also be purchased in mobile app, self-service ticket machine or at the box office in the Historical or New Building.

1. The Museum Complex

Adult 280 CZK
Reduced Reduced:
– senior citizens over the age of 65
– juveniles 15–18 years old
– holders of ISIC or ITIC cards
– high school and university students upon presentation of a student identity card (up to 26 years)
180 CZK
Children up to 15 years Only accompanied by an adult FREE ADMISSION
School excursions up to 15 years School excursions (up to 15 years):
– organized school groups with pedagogical support
– 3 members of the teaching staff free of charge
– it is not possible to reserve a visit time, tickets only at the ticket office
FREE ADMISSION
School excursions 15–26 years School excursions (15–26 years):
– organized school groups with pedagogical support
– 3 members of the teaching staff free of charge
– it is not possible to reserve a visit time, tickets only at the ticket office
40 CZK/PERSON

The e-ticket is valid for 30 days from the day of purchase for a one time entry.

Free admission (tickets only available at the box office): children from children’s homes or SOS children’s villages; holders of disability cards and people accompanying them; holders of cards: ICOM, Slovak National Museum, Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport, Prague Card, CoolPass

Visiting rules of the Museum Complex of the National Museum

2. The Museum Complex + Children's Museum

Adult 370 CZK
Reduced Reduced:
– senior citizens over the age of 65
– juveniles 15–18 years old
– holders of ISIC or ITIC cards
– high school and university students upon presentation of a student identity card (up to 26 years)
270 CZK
Children up to 15 years Only accompanied by an adult 120 CZK

The Children's Museum is intended for children from 4 years old, only accompanied by an adult. It is necessary to reserve a 90-minute time slot for the Children's Museum. Please arrive at the entrance no earlier than 15 minutes before it starts (New building, 2nd floor).
The e-ticket to the Museum Complex is valid for 30 days from the day of purchase for a one time entry.

Free admission (tickets only available at the box office): children from children’s homes or SOS children’s villages; holders of disability cards and people accompanying them; holders of cards: ICOM, Slovak National Museum, Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport

Visiting rules of the Museum Complex of the National Museum

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT TICKETS


Photography and filming for non-commercial purposes and without the use of flash and tripod included in the ticket price.

Please bring tickets purchased on-line (valid for 30 days from the date of purchase for a one time entry) printed or stored on your mobile phone.

The ticket must be kept for the duration of the entire visit.

Purchased tickets cannot be returned or changed.

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