Three important events happened 300 years ago. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father was born. Daniel Defoe’s novel about Robinson Crusoe, the seafarer from York, was published. And the first Czechlanguage periodical newspaper was printed in Prague. Which is a great excuse to commemorate this anniversary by holding an exhibition on newspapers and magazines.

Did you know that, since 2000, in their speech Czechs have been using the word “media” more frequently than “the press”? Why is that significant? It showed that internet (new) media – news servers and social networks – had joined the press, radio and television (the old media) as a source commonly used by people to look up current information. However, this situation does have its downsides. In particular, when there is such a surfeit of information, it is difficult to tell what is true, what is partly true, and what is a downright lie. This labyrinth of information and, sadly, disinformation can be a problem for us.

By organising this exhibition on newspapers and magazines, we want to show how periodicals have evolved and changed over the centuries. And that the trustworthiness of their content always depended on those who wrote and published them. Over the years, having grappled with all the experience of censorship, political manipulation and the commercial competition for readers, journalism has been honed into a professional activity abiding by professional rules of ethics. Journalists are aware of their responsibility. While no one is under any illusion as to how they may discharge that responsibility, the fact is that they are not anonymous. Unlike the legions of information sources in the internet jungle. In the Czech Republic alone, it is estimated that some forty significant websites engage in systematic disinformation.

Besides Czech and foreign newspapers and magazines covering the period from the 18th century to 1989, the exhibition also has unique items on display that once belonged to Václav Matěj Kramerius, Karel Havlíček, Jaromír John and Arne Laurin. Touch a printing-matrix used to print from a rotary printing press, watch a 1939 film on contemporary journalism, and discover clearly ordered facts and figures about publishing today.

If you leave the exhibition feeling nostalgic about the old days when everything was on paper, don’t be sad. The printed pages you have seen are wondrous witnesses of the past, but print itself has not been consigned to history. The press is still alive with thousands of regularly published newspapers and magazines produced to inform, educate, and entertain you, or provide you with specialised knowledge useful for your work or hobbies, all to a high-quality, trustworthy and responsible standard.

The exhibition is being held in cooperation with the Publishers Union, a professional association of newspaper and magazine publishers in the Czech Republic.

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

Dear visitors,
the buildings of the National Museum are open to the public under the strict hygienic conditions. The admission fee is reduced by 50% until June 15, 2020. For more information please visit "The National Museum has now reopened".

There is only one entrance available at the Museum Complex of the National Museum which is the Historical Building of the National Museum.

There are currently no permanent exhibitions in the Historical building of the National Museum.

Permanent exhibitions will open gradually to visitors during 2020.

It is possible to visit exhibitions stated bellow on this page, the Pantheon and its gallery, the dome and the hall with the skeleton of the whale.


Due to the character of the building and its technical capacity, access to the dome is not barrier-free

Entrance fees

You can buy a ticket at the ticket office or online on this page. 

From May 11, 2020 until June 15, 2020 the admission fee is reduced by 50%.


Adult 200 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
130 CZK
School excursions School excursions:
- capacity 28 persons / 30 minutes
- 3 members of the teaching staff free of charge
40 CZK/Person

Why should you buy ticket online
Use QR code and skip the line
Ticket is valid for 30 days
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Free admission: children up to 15 years; children from children’s homes or SOS children’s villages; holders of physical disability cards (ZTP, ZTP/P and people accompanying them); holders of cards: ICOM, Slovak National Museum, the National Museum Society, Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport, Prague Card, employee of a contributory organization of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (+ 3 pers.)

Additional information about tickets

Groups: 10% discount from the standard admission fee – for an organised group of 30 or more people with collective paymen (except for school groups).

Filming, taking photos (no flash) for noncommercial use – free with valid ticket.

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

An online ticket is valid for 30 days after its purchase.