The National Museum (Národní Muzeum) in Prague is set in a commanding position at the top of Wenceslas Square
There is also an annex nearby, known as the New Building. However, both buildings are currently closed for reconstruction.
Prior to its closure, the National Museum was the oldest and largest museum in the Czech Republic. This monumental neo-Renaissance structure was designed by Josef Schultz as an architectural symbol of the Czech National Revival. Construction lasted from 1818-1891.
The National Museum is built on the site of the former Horse Gate, so named because Wenceslas Square once served as the main Prague horse market.
Its entrance hall is grand, with sweeping staircases and intricate stonework. There are also beautiful frescos on the ceilings.
However, the exhibition rooms were looking tired, so will be the main beneficiary of the restoration works.
Before joining the National Museum, the New Building served as the parliament of Czechoslovakia during the communist era. And more recently, it was home to Radio Free Europe.
The New Building is used for temporary exhibitions. And when it re-opens, we will list the important ones in Prague Events.
To discover more about the National Museum, take a Prague tour:
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour & Boat
Prague Intro Sightseeing Tour
Best of Prague Walking Tour
Prague All Inclusive Walking Tour & Boat.