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

Adjusting the opening hours

17. 11. 2019 closed
24. 12. 2019 closed
1. 1. 2020 closed

Entrance fees

NEW BUILDING (THE AGE OF GENES AND THE CELTS EXHIBITIONs)

Free entry

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.

The Age of Genes

New Building of the National Museum
This unique exhibition will show you everything you wanted to know about DNA, genes, heredity and how this information is used in National Museum research.

The Velvet Revolution

Historical Building of the National Museum New Building of the National Museum
Visit the Historical and the New Building of the National Museum, where an exhibition project called the Velvet Revolution awaits you. The connecting corridor between the two buildings will also be opened for the first time!

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.

Public transport

Metro (subway) line A, C – station Muzeum

Cafe

Café opening hours: daily 10.00–18.00