National Museum (Národní muzeum)

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Václavské nám. 68, 110 00 Nové Mesto


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The National Museum, which anchors Wenceslas Square, finished construction in central Prague in 1891. Since its completion, the impressive building has undergone two military attacks, one in 1945 and the other in 1968. As a result of the attacks, plus a standard century of wear and tear, the museum began a much-needed reconstruction effort in July 2011 that lasted until February 2019. A handful of exhibits are now open in the museum, which have titles including “Nature” and “Miracles of Evolution.”

Recent visitors appreciated the impressive building, but many of them expressed disappointment regarding the size and quality of the exhibits. Subsequently, a handful of travelers recommend limiting your visit to taking in the building’s exterior from the square. If you do decide to explore the National Museum’s interior, prepare to wait around two hours for admission.

The National Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The basic entrance fee for the museum costs 260 koruna (about $11), the reduced fee for children ages 6 to 15 and seniors older than 65 is 170 koruna (about $7), the family fee is 440 koruna (about $19) and admission is free for children younger than 6. Both the subway the tram have Muzeum stops, making it easy to get to the National Museum via public transit. Check out the National Museum’s website to learn more about the museum’s history and exhibits.

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#1 Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí)

Old Town Square is a popular spot in Prague, with travelers flocking here in droves for its beautiful architecture, colorful history and vibrant atmosphere. The square hasn't changed much since it was established in the 12th century when it functioned as the city's original marketplace. 

The square is home to some of the most historic attractions in the city, including the Old Town Hall, one of the best places to get a bird's-eye view of the city and the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful timepiece dating back to the 1400s. Other architectural highlights found within the square include the Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, instantly recognizable for its two Gothic spires. Meanwhile, the newest additions to the square include a monument erected in 1915 for the religious reformer Jan Hus. There are also several restaurants here that spill out onto the square during the warmer months as locals and travelers alike enjoy a coffee or a beer on the patios. And if you're visiting during the holiday season, expect the square to be filled with Christmas market shoppers.

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