Antonín Dvořák represents an utterly exceptional personality in the Czech culture. As one of the few Czech artists, he managed to be world-famous during his lifetime. The Antonín Dvořák and Fame exhibition presents the many awards collected by the composer over the course of his life. The final farewell to the composer, which became a society-wide event, is part of the exhibition as well.

After many years of composing in seclusion, a turning point in Dvořák's career was the premier of The Heirs of the White Mountain hymn in 1873, which made him an important composer of Czech music at the age of 32. Dvořák's extraordinary musical talent was also confirmed by the fact that he was repeatedly given state scholarships, which improved his financial situation and enabled him to devote himself to composing more intensively. Since then, his growing popularity was lined with successful premiers of his other works, many awards and honourable mentions by composers as an expression of deep respect. Among the most important were the Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class awarded by Emperor Franz Joseph I (1889), honorary degrees in Prague and Cambridge (1891), the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art bearing a raised inscription of "Literis et Artibus" (Letters and Arts) by Emperor Franz Joseph I (1898) and a lifelong membership in the House of Lords of the Vienna Imperial Council (1901). The original Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class and Austrian Decoration for Science and Art can be seen at the exhibition Famous Czech Composers in the Historical Building of the National Museum.

The original exhibits presented to the visitor include important diplomas, wreaths or cups, which were given to Dvořák by Czech and foreign organizations. The final farewell to the composer, which took place in Prague on May 5, 1904, is part of the exhibition as well. The exhibition features, for example, a series of photographs of the funeral procession and, exceptionally, Mařatka's posthumous cast of Dvořák's hand taken on the day of the composer's death. In connection with Dvořák's death, the visitors will have the opportunity to see the original medicine box that the composer used before he died.

Opening hours

Monday closed
Tuesday 10:00  -  17:00
Wednesday 10:00  -  17:00
Thursday 10:00  -  17:00
Friday 10:00  -  17:00
Saturday 10:00  -  17:00
Sunday 10:00  -  17:00

Adjusting the opening hours

24. 12. 2021 closed
1. 1. 2022 closed

Entrance fees

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

Whole building

Adult 50 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
30 CZK
School excursions School excursions:
- capacity 28 persons / 30 minutes
- 3 members of the teaching staff free of charge
20 CZK/Person

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. 

Photoalbum

Antonín Dvořák, Hanuš Wihan and Ferdinand Lachner at the railway station in Německý Brod

Antonín Dvořák, Hanuš Wihan and Ferdinand Lachner at the railway station in Německý Brod

Antonín Dvořák in a graduation gown at the award of an honorary doctorate at the University of Cambridge

Antonín Dvořák in a graduation gown at the award of an honorary doctorate at the University of Cambridge

Title page of the cycle of Dvořák's concert overtures with a dedication to the University of Cambridge

Title page of the cycle of Dvořák's concert overtures with a dedication to the University of Cambridge

Honorary diploma of Hlahol in Prague for Antonín Dvořák

Honorary diploma of Hlahol in Prague for Antonín Dvořák

Invitation to the highest courtyard table for Antonín Dvořák as part of his appointment as a member of the House of Lords, 1901

Invitation to the highest courtyard table for Antonín Dvořák as part of his appointment as a member of the House of Lords, 1901

Photo from the funeral procession of Antonín Dvořák (Prague, Charles Square)

Photo from the funeral procession of Antonín Dvořák (Prague, Charles Square)

Photo from the funeral procession of Antonín Dvořák (Prague, Charles Square)

Photo from the funeral procession of Antonín Dvořák (Prague, Charles Square)

A posthumous cast of Antonín Dvořák's hand, which was taken down by Josef Mařatka

A posthumous cast of Antonín Dvořák's hand, which was taken down by Josef Mařatka