Like other natural weaving materials, willow reeds have accompanied human civilisation from its very beginnings until the present day. Although simple manual operations with this material are straightforward, it is difficult to work with on machines, so the production of woven goods has always been the domain of basket weavers – either professional craftsmen or occasional producers and enthusiasts. Our exhibition presents all the possible forms of this “Art of Wicker”.

Natural weaving materials, the most important of which was willow, have been in use since prehistoric times to make baskets, matting or various other domestic items. This was a material which was available almost everywhere, and at first glance was easy to work with. But the true adoption of basket-weaving as a trade required real skill and there were – and are – great differences between what can be achieved by an occasional maker and a professional basket weaver.

The form of the art always retained a certain primitive basis, but the way it was organised and the broad spectrum of products changed over the centuries. The first basket-weaving guilds were established relatively late, in the early modern period; similarly, willow cultivation underwent only gradual innovation. But in the 19th, and at the start of the 20th century, basket weavers  were able to respond well to the demand for new types of products, such as wicker furniture; they formed cooperatives, and work with natural weaving materials began to be taught in institutions for the physically and mentally handicapped. It was this human input and the artistic dimension of the craft that enabled it to compete with industrial production.

The exhibition "The Art of Wicker" draws on the rich collections of the National Museum and other institutions, as well as on the work of masters of folk craft, especially basket makers Petr Král and Dana Ptáčková. It tries to present basketry in all its breadth and variety, from the simplest products to masterpieces and curiosities and types of objects that are no longer in use today. You will learn, for example, how wicker was useful for the railways and the military or what tools a basket maker needs to use. At courses organised by the Museum, you will also be able to try working with them yourself. Perhaps you will be inspired to create things yourself or to add to your household equipment that is both aesthetic and practical and unique in principle, because it is the product of human hands.

Opening hours

Monday closed
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

Entrance fees

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

Whole building

Adult 70 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
40 CZK
School excursions School excursions:
- capacity 28 persons / 30 minutes
- 3 members of the teaching staff free of charge
40 CZK

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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); ICOM, the National Museum Society; holders of the Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport, Prague Card.

9 MUSEUMS IN 5 DAYS

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

Why should you buy ticket online
Use QR code and skip the line
Ticket is valid for 30 days
Pay with your card

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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); ICOM, the National Museum Society; holders of the Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport, Prague Card.

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. 

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