Collections of party museums presenting the ruling communist ideology were created in the second half of the 20th century in Czechoslovakia and Soviet states.
These museums had the function of promoting the power monopoly of the communist government in the copuntry. They were disappearing en masse after 1989 and their collections lost their original meaning. The exhibition points to the example of one such ideologically created collection., the Collection of the Museum of Working Class Movement, to their content, historical role as well as possible ways of using the preserved objects today.
The exhibitopn Missused Museums is located in the premises of the New Building of the National Museum, which, as an often rewritten place of memory, symbolizes the turbulence of the 20th century. The goal of the exhibition is to convey the idea that objects cannot be used for their own sake: they always contain a human agency and a contemporary interpretation.
Forgetting about these collections or closing of chapters of certain parts of history is pointless, and their reflection helps historical knowledge and coming to terms with the past. On the contrary, a more democratic society can be built on their basis.
on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 the Museum Complex of the National Museum (e.g. Historical and new Building) will be open only until 2 PM for extraordinary reasons.
Thank you for your understanding.
Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the box office.
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 (for cardholders only)
Visiting rules of the Museum Complex of the National Museum
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.