This collection of minerals was one of the first collections to be donated to the newly established museum as early as 1818. The donor was none other than one of its main founders, Kašpar Count Šternberk and as the collecting of minerals was a passion among the nobility at that time, Šternberk's example began to be followed by other donations creating the basis of today's collection.

The first mineralogical exposition was opened thanks to the important Czech mineralogist Prof. Karel Vrba on the 28th of September 1892. Vrba worked closely with the architect of the entire builing, Prof. Josef Schulz, and together they designed the type of display cases that can accommodate more than 4,000 minerals, which can be found in this room. The whole exposition is organized in the same way as it was more than 100 years ago.

Interesting facts from the Hall of Minerals, which is a part of the new exposition of natural history:

  • this is one of the oldest collections of minerals in the National Museum
  • with more than 100,000 minerals, it is the largest collection in the Czech Republic
  • in total, more than a third of all minerals originally exposed have been replaced
  • these are of the most interesting items found within the entire collection
  • only 4 % of the total collection is exhibited
  • new labels are in the original gilded font
  • all minerals have been professionally cleaned before being displayed
  • more than 5,500 types of minerals have been recognized in the world so far but only 700 have been exhibited

Opening hours

Monday 10:00  -  18:00
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.

Kings of the Sun exhibition + Discounted admission to the Museum Complex

Adult 250 CZK + 150 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
170 CZK + 100 CZK

Reduced admission to the Kings of the Sun exhibition also applies to: holders of cards ICOM, Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport

Kings of the Sun exhibition

Adult 250 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
170 CZK
School excursions School excursions:
- capacity 28 persons / 30 minutes
- 3 members of the teaching staff free of charge
100 CZK/Person

Reduced admission to the Kings of the Sun exhibition also applies to: holders of cards ICOM, Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport

MUSEUM COMPLEX + CUPOLA + 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
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.

An online ticket is valid for 30 days after its purchase. The ticket must be kept for the duration of the visit.

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