The early 1960s saw the unprecedented rise of pop music. This social and cultural phenomenon that came from the West could not be stopped, even by the Iron Curtain. Rock’n’roll and beat were everywhere – they influenced young listeners, and musicians in the relaxed social climate rocked the socialist regime.

The political regime in Czechoslovakia liked to refer to Western culture as “damaging” or even “ideologically subversive”. Yet the listeners had their own ideas and the fashionable rock and roll wave could not be stopped. The ruling circles were forced to acknowledge its existence and deal with it through their cultural policies; and so, occasionally, state publishers released records by artists from the West. Concert agencies cautiously brought some foreign musicians, and on rare occasions Western pop and rock could be heard on Czechoslovak radio stations. Anglo-American, German, Italian and French hits with Czech or Slovak texts were especially popular. However, the movement in the opposite direction took place, too - the state sought to export domestic interpreters/artists and their records to the West.

Whoever wished to follow pop music more closely had to do so unofficial ways, among which were listening to jammed Western radio stations, getting records from friends who had emigrated, home-copying tapes and cassettes or swapping and buying on the black market.

Those who longed for free and uncensored musical expression often came into conflict with the law. Many decided or were forced to emigrate. Some of the exiles achieved world-wide recognition; others supported their compatriots at home in Czechoslovakia both materially and by publishing their works.

Which member of the Beatles played the guitar in Czechoslovakia? Did Black Sabbath know that they wrote a song about the Prague metro? In what colour did Karel Gott decorate the Rolling Stones song? Can a broken gramophone record be played? You can find answers to all these questions at the exhibition mapping the development of music in Czechoslovakia at the time of Normalization.

Opening hours

Monday 10:00  -  18:00
Tuesday closed
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

Entrance fees

Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the box office.

Whole building

Adult 120 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
80 CZK
School excursions School excursions (15–26 years):
– organized school groups with pedagogical support
– 3 members of the teaching staff free of charge
40 CZK/Person
Children up to 15 years Only accompanied by an adult FREE ADMISSION

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 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

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

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