Opening hours

Monday closed
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). 

WHOLE BUILDING

Full 70 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
40 CZK
Family Family
- For adults with children –max. 2 adults and 3 children

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

40 CZK / person

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, 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

A Century of Tramping

Ethnographic Museum of the National Museum
An exhibition presenting the reflection of tramping in popular culture from the historical and ethnographic points of view

History

The Ethnographic Museum was opened to the public in 1903. However, the history of the Kinsky Summer House dates back to 1826, when Prince Rudolf Kinsky bought several former vineyards on the hillside of Petřín with the intention of building an extensive park garden, including a summer residence. The representative one-storey building, in Empire style, a project of the Viennese architect Heinrich Koch, was used by the Kinsky family until 1901, when Prince Karel Kinsky sold it with the adjacent land to the city of Prague. The first exhibition was created from the collections of the previous Czechoslovak Ethnographic Exhibition, which took place in Prague in 1895. Together with several contemporary experts, Lubor Niederle became the museum’s leading figure. Among the architects, Josip Plečnik, Václav Roštlapil and Jiří Stibral were involved in its preparations.

In 1922, the museum became part of the National Museum. It continued its research into and presentation of the ethnographic heritage of the Czech lands and other European territories and states. The work of Drahomíra Stránská, among others, was of great significance. At her initiative, the Greek-Catholic Church of St. Michael was relocated to the Kinsky Garden from Medvedovec, Carpathian Ruthenia, in 1929. The second half of the 20th century brought a number of changes. In the 1960s the museum was modernized and it presented a new exhibition, the concept of which was created by Helena Johnová. At this time, a long new era started under the leadership of Alena Plessingerová. Later, however, due to many years‘ neglect of the building, the museum had to be moved out and its activities transferred to different premises. In the 1990s, after great efforts on the part of our staff and Czech society, major reconstruction of the Summer House was pushed through, and in 2005 a new and modern exhibition, Musaion, with a concept by Jiřina Langhammerová, was opened.

The Ethnographic department is one of the largest collection units of the Historical Museum. Currently, its fonds contains 200,000 collection items, illustrating the values of the folk culture of the Czech nation, as well as other Slavic and European nations and lands. Some of these items are on show in the permanent exhibition, which is complemented by temporary exhibitions. Several regular events of the Ethnographic Museum offer live presentations of folk culture. In the second half of May, the annual Ethnographic Festival takes place, with folklore ensemble shows and presentations of folk costumes. Since 2010, the Ethnographic Museum has been organizing the cycle Folklore regions of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. Within this cycle, regular evening events také place (usually the second Saturday of the month) in which an ethnographic region is presented in the form of a lecture and a performance by a folk ensemble from the given region. Occasionally, the evenings include the tasting of local specialities and other activities. There are also regular weekend courses on traditional handicrafts, and from October till May a course on Czech, Moravian and Slovak folk dances called Folk Dance Lessons.

Disabled access

The building is wheelchair accessible.

Entrance with a pram

You can enter the building with a pushchair.

Kids' Corner

There is an unsupervised playroom in the building.

Cloakroom

Free of charge for visitors.

Cafe

Stylish café with a terrace overviewing a park in summer.

Shop

Scientific publications, traditional hand-made works, souvenirs ...

Public transport

Tram 9, 12, 15, 20, station Švandovo divadlo, or bus 176 stop Kobrova

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