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Art, Culture and Museums in Prague.

Classical concerts take place throughout the year in concert halls and churches, the biggest event being the Prague Spring ( Prazské jaro ) international music festival.. As well as the main venues, watch out for concerts in the churches and palaces, especially in summer. There is also an extensive range of museums to cater for every interest.

Music & Concerts in Prague.

Rudolfinum , Alsovo nábrezí 12, Staré Mesto.
Stunning Neo-Renaissance concert hall and home to the Czech Philharmonic. Metro Staromestská.

Státní opera Praha , Wilsonova 4, Nové Mesto.
The former German opera house, and the city's second-choice venue for opera and ballet. Metro Muzeum.

Stavovské divadlo , Ovocny trh 1, Staré Mesto.
Prague's main opera house, which witnessed the première of Mozart's Don Giovanni . Metro Mustek.

Jewish Museum.

Containing over 40,000 exhibits and 100,000 books, the Jewish Museum has one of the most extensive collections of Judaic art and culture in the world. It is unique not only in terms of the number of its exhibits, but because they are from a single territory (Bohemia and Moravia), presenting an integrated picture of Jewish life and history in the region. The exhibitions of the museum are in six historic locations; the Maisel Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery, Klausen Synagogue and the Ceremonial Hall.

Address: U staré skoly 1,110 00 Prague 1
Tel: +42 (02) 2481 9456,Fax: +42 (02) 2481 9458

Museum of Decorative Arts.

Housed in a fin-de-siècle building which is itself a work of art, the Museum of Decorative Arts was founded in 1885 to display exquisite examples of European decorative arts that tread a fine line between fine and applied art. Only a fraction of the museum's collection is exhibited, but the pieces on display are superb, including a range of beautiful Bohemian glass and ceramics. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: Ulice 17, Listopada 2, Staré Mesto,Prague 1
Tel: +42 (02) 2481 124

Museum of the City of Prague.

The museum's permanent collection documents the history of the city from its foundation in the ninth century to the present day. The most famous exhibit is a 20-square-foot (two square-metre) model of Prague constructed over an eleven-year period in the early nineteenth century by Antonin Langweil, which provides visitors with a glimpse of the beautiful, inaccessible architecture that is hidden behind high walls.Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: Na porící 52, Nové Mesto, Prague 8
Tel: +42 (02) 2481 6772

The National Museum.

Stands at the top of Wenceslas Square and contains extensive collections of prehistoric artefacts, mineralogy and petrology, palaeontology, zoology and anthropology. There are 3 exhibtion designations: The permanent exhibition, The palaeontological collections and The anthropology exhibition.

Opening hours:
May to September - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
October to April - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed first Tuesday of the month

Address: Václavské námestí 68, 115 79 Prague 1
Tel: +42 (02) 2449 7111

The Museum of Military History.

Housed in an impressive mid-sixteenth-century Renaissance palace, the Museum of Military History contains Czech military memorabilia from the thirteenth century to the end of World War I. The collection includes scale models of battles and details of historic campaign strategy, as well as uniforms, weapons and the history of evolving military technologies. The façade of the Schwarzenberský palác is decorated in the style of Italian palace architecture with exuberant sgraffiti, whilst the interior features a collection of magnificent mythological paintings. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Address: Schwarzenberský palác, Hradcanské námestí 2, Hradcany, Prague 1
Tel: +42 (02) 2020 2020

Bertramka: Mozart and Duseks Museum.

Nestled in the hills above the suburb of Smíchov, the Duseks villa is where Mozart completed Don Giovanni, the night before its premier in 1787. Badly damaged by fire in the 1870s, the villa and gardens have been carefully restored to their original eighteenth-century splendour and feature outdoor recitals throughout the summer months. The collection of Mozart memorabilia is quite small, but the rococo architecture and tranquil gardens more than compensate, offering visitors an opportunity to experience the beauty that inspired the maestro's work.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm April to September, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm October to March. Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 am to noon all year

Address: Vila Bertramka, Mozartova 169, Prague 5
Tel: +42 (02) 543 893 

Antonin Dvorák Museum.

Hidden away behind wrought-iron gates, the Dvorák Museum is housed in an elegant early eighteenth-century baroque summer palace. The exquisite russet and cream villa was designed by Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer, the architect responsible for some of Prague's most beautiful churches including St John Nepomuk on the Rock and the stunning St Nicholas in Malá strana.

The building has had a varied existence (having served as a cattle market and also a restaurant), but in recent years it has been carefully restored and now contains a permanent exhibition of photographs and memorabilia of the life and work of Antonín Dvorák (1841 to 1904) from the collection of the Dvorák Society.The ceiling of the recital hall on the first floor is decorated with a fresco, Apollo, Pegasus and the Arts, by Johan Ferdinand Schor, whilst in the garden are sculptures of the Four Seasons from the workshop of Anton Braun.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Address: Vila Amerika, Ke Karlovu 20,120 00, Prague 2
Tel: +42 (02) 298 214

The National Gallery.

The collection of the National Gallery is exhibited in six locations; the Sternberg Palace, St George's Convent, the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, Veletrzni Palace, Zbraslav Castle and Kinský Palace.

Opening hours for all galleries: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Veletrzni palác until 9:00 pm on Thursdays

Address: Hradcanske námestí 15, Prague 1
Tel: +42 (02) 2481 0758

Sternberg Palace (Sternberský palác).

The Sternberg Palace is the main building of the National Gallery, exhibiting European art from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries except for works by Czech artists, which are housed in St George's Convent. The collection includes a fine selection of master works by artists including Holbein, Dürer, Bruegel, Rubens, van Dyck, El Greco, Goya, Gaugin, van Gogh, Picasso and Braque.

The Czech Museum of Fine Arts.

 Formerly the Mid-Bohemian Gallery, the Czech Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1963 as a regional gallery. It was originally housed in Nelahozeves Castle near Prague, relocating into three sympathetically restored baroque buildings on Husova Street in the Old Town district of Prague in 1971. The museum hosts temporary exhibitions of twentieth-century Czech art as well as retrospectives of foreign artists.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 6 pm
Address: Husova 19-21, Prague 1
Tel: +42 (02) 2481 0758

The House of the Black Madonna.

Built as a department store between 1911 and 1912 by Josef Gocár, the House of the Black Madonna is one of the finest Cubist buildings in Europe, housing a permanent exhibition of Czech Cubism of the period 1911 to 1919, as well as Czech and international art from the first half of the twentieth century.

Individual exhibits are changed on a regular basis and feature a wide range of artistic disciplines that give visitors an idea of the remarkable variety and extent of the Cubist school, which in Bohemia (and especially in Prague) became part of everyday life.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 am to noon, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

St George's Convent (Kláster sv. Jirí).

St George's Convent gallery exhibits early Czech art; Bohemian paintings and sculpture from the Middle Ages to 1800. The collection includes Gothic panel paintings by the Master of the Vyssi Brod Altar, Magister Theodorik, and Master of the Altar of Trebon, the Gothic sculpture of the Master of the Mourning from Zebrak, baroque sculpture and paintings by Skreta, Kupecky, Rainer, Brokoff and Braun and Rudolphine works by Hans von Aachen, Joseph Heintz, Bartolomeus Spranger and Adrian de Vries.

Address: Jirske námestí 33, Prague 1 (the Prague Castle)
Tel: +42 (02) 5732 0889

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