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

Dear visitors,
due to restoration work on the gallery of the Pantheon, the exhibition Czech National Uprising is from 7. to 9. 7. closed.
We apologize and thank you for your understanding.

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.


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

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

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.