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 your ticket here (on-line is available full price and family ticket only). 

NEW BUILDING (THE CELTS EXHIBITION)

Full 100 CZK
Reduced Reduced admission fee:
- For senior citizens over the age of 65;
- holders of ISIC or ITIC cards
- children from 6 to 15 years
- high school and university students upon presentation of a student identity card
70 CZK
Family Family
- For adults with children –max. 2 adults and 3 children

170 CZK
School excursions School excursions
- 3 members of the teaching staff free of charge

40 CZK / person

 

(Tickets for the Museum Complex are only available at the cash desk of the Historical or New Building of the National Museum.)

MUSEUM COMPLEX (HISTORICAL AND NEW BUILDING OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM)

Full 300 CZK
Reduced Reduced admission fee:
- For senior citizens over the age of 65;
- holders of ISIC or ITIC cards
- children from 6 to 15 years
- high school and university students upon presentation of a student identity card
200 CZK
Family Family
- For adults with children –max. 2 adults and 3 children

500 CZK

Groups: 10% discount from the standard admission fee – for an organised group of 30 or more people with collective paymen (except for school groups).

Free admission: Children up to 6 years; children from children’s homes or SOS children’s villages; holders of physical disability cards (ZTP, ZTP/P and people accompanying them); ICOM, ICOMOS, the National Museum Society; holders of the Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport, Prague Card.

Filming, taking photos (no flash) for noncommercial use – free with valid ticket.

The ticket must be kept for the duration of the visit.

Exhibitions in the building

The Celts

New Building of the National Museum
The Celts exhibition will introduce visitors to the rich and changeable world of the Iron Age in Central Europe.

Temporary exhibition The Celts after advanced order through e-mail: vzdelavani@nm.cz or phone: +420 224 497 443.
For program see our websites – For Schools.
 
Children up to 6 years for free + CZK 1000 (lecturer)
from 6 years up – CZK 100/student
3 members of the teaching staff free of charge
 

History

The history of the New Building of the National Museum is fascinating. Originally, the Prague stock exchange was housed here. Later, it became the seat of Parliament, then a radio studio, and nowadaysit is a museum.

The oldest part of the museum building is the almost intact building of the Prague stock and commodity exchange. It was finished and opened on 24 February 1938. Its design in the classic modern style is the work of the Czech architect Jaroslav Rössler, a student of Jan Kotěra. Unfortunately, the Prague stock exchange did not operate for long, as its activities were ended under the occupation. With the beginning of World War II, the building came into use as an army warehouse. At the end of the war, the building was used as an infirmary, because it is located near the railway station.

After 1945 a new seat for Parliament was sought, as the building of the Prague Rudolfinum had been rebuilt to become a concert hall again during the war. In the end, the building of the former Prague Exchange was selected for this purpose. Parliament was housed here until 1946, and in the late 960s it was decided that the building would be expanded and used again temporarily for the purposes of Parliament. In 1964 the first project for its conversion was prepared, arising from an architectonic  competition.

The winning team of architects, headed by Karel Prager, came up with a unique solution for the extension. They preserved the Prague Exchange, but next to it had two apartment houses in the direction of Wenceslaus Square demolished in order to create an extension in their place. They erected a unique superstructure using a welded steel beam. This “Vierendeelesque Construction” is named after the Belgic engineer Arthur Vierendeel, who introduced this type of bridge construction for use in buildings. The superstructure has two storeys and is supported by only four columns. The reconstruction was finished in 1973.

From 1973 until 1992 the Federal Assembly had its seat here. During this time the building witnessed many historical events. The “baton act” was amended here, the constitutional law on the leading role of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia was erased, and important world figures like Mikhail Gorbachev, Francois Mitterrand, Margaret Thatcher, George Bush sr., Helmut Kohl and British Queen Elizabeth II gave speeches here.

Between 1995 and 2009 Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty broadcasted from here. The location of Radio Free Europe in this building was initiated by the former Czech President, Václav Havel.

The recent history of the building was initiated by the resolution of the government of the Czech Republic of 22 November 2006. The government allocated the building to the National Museum for its continued expansion. By the handover of a symbolic key on 1 June 2009, the long-held dream of the expansion of the National Museum building on Wenceslaus Square, dating all the way back to 1912, was fulfilled. The New Building expanded the museum’s exhibition capacity by over 300 metres of exhibition space, and provided new premises for the museum’s staff, new visitor facilities, a museum shop and conference and multimedia halls. During the reconstruction of the Historical Building of the museum, both buildings were connected by an underground tunnel.

Disabled access

The building is wheelchair accessible.

Entrance with a pram

You can enter the building with a pushchair. You can also borrow one of our six pushchairs.

Changing table

There are changing tables in the building (located at female as well as male toilets).

Kids' Corner

There is an unsupervised playroom in the building.

Cloakroom

Free of charge for visitors.

Cafe

Café opening hours: daily 9.30–19.00

Shop

It is located at the ticket office on the ground floor and it offers postcards, souvenirs, professional literature, etc.

Publilc transport

Metro (subway) line A, C – station Muzeum

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