A museum is like an encyclopaedia. Except instead of pages and editors, it has depositories and people who care for the items inside. Much of the work of curators, restorers, collection managers, digitisation specialists, and other professionals goes on “behind the stage”. Each item’s entry into the museum is framed with a number of specialised steps, and any activity applied to the object on its path from acquisition to artefact adds to its importance. More often than not, this museum work also shines new light on older, previously acquired items, which were thought to have been fully explored.

Exhibitions bring together artefacts made of various materials, of diverse geographical origin, and with different forms of acquisition. The Historical Museum, which is part of the National Museum in Prague, continued to care and enrich its collections throughout the recent reconstruction of the Historical Building of the National Museum. The department systematically expanded its depositories via donations, purchases, collection events, discoveries, exchanges, escheats, transfers, and surveys (diggings). In the past two years alone, it received 4,949 items as gifts and obtained another 287 items by purchase; 624 artefacts were restored, 3,415 items were conserved.

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. 


Full 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

See more here about 9 museums in 5 days

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.