Prague City Museum houses historical artefacts, documents, weapons and maps documenting the history of Prague.
The highlight of the museum is a huge cardboard model of the city created between 1826-1834 by Antonín Langweil, a servant at the National Museum. The detail is stunning, down to the colour of the doorways and the design of the windowsills.
The model provides unique evidence of how the Old Town, Lesser Town and Prague Castle looked before the last great redevelopment of the city took place at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
On an area of approximately 20m˛, the historical heart of Prague is depicted in detail as it looked one hundred and fifty years ago, including hundreds of buildings in the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) and the Old Town which were later demolished.
Aside from this, through archaeological finds the museum shows Prague from the stone-age through to the 18th century.
The prehistory section of the exhibition provides answers to questions about when Prague's first inhabitants arrived and where they came from, how they looked, where and how they lived, what they lived on, how they farmed, how they dressed and decorated themselves, how they perceived themselves in the world and how they buried their dead.
This period in the history of Prague stretches from the beginning of prehistory until the arrival of the Slavs in the 6th century. The museum uses the results of new experimental archaeology, and tells the story through displays, models, replicas and reconstructions.
Elsewhere, Medieval Prague and Baroque Prague are covered, and a striking conclusion to the visit is that since these periods, Prague's historical city centre has altered so little.
To discover more about the history of Prague, take a Prague tour:
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour
Best of Prague Walking Tour
Prague Explorer Walking Tour.