It’s safe to say that you will be swept away by the specialness of Prague. It is one of the most popular and also one of the most intriguing cities in Europe. Small wonder that tourism in Prague is flourishing, attracting some 8 million tourists each year.
So fascinating is the city that even its museums have the ability to transport their visitors to another fascinating time. With the best museums in Prague, visitors can imagine great moments forged by the country’s ancient past.
These museums are likened to adventure attractions, and it pays to know which ones are the coolest museums in Prague to visit. So awesome are some of these museums, that they are quite frankly some of the most popular places for tourists to visit.
7 Cool Museums in Prague
We’re going to take an in-depth look at important information about the 7 cool museums in Prague them, their prices and their opening times.
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Czech beer is world-famous and it is interesting to know that Prague’s main beer is lager, particularly Pilsner Urquell and Budweis. Apart from breweries, there are also quite a few restaurants with their own micro-breweries where you can watch the brewing process.
Then there is also the Beer Museum which covers the entire history of beer making and where visitors can also sample various Czech beers.
Inside the stylish 13th-century Beer Museum cellars you’ll pick up the smell of hops and malt and learn from the hundreds of artifacts. Everything is enhanced by video presentations and of course, beer tasting.
Take home a beer-bottle souvenir
You can enjoy a number of Czech beers in the two different showroom pubs. To benefit from the beer tasting side of things you have to be over 18 years of age. The super cool aspect of visiting the museum is that they give you a bottle and let you fill it up. You can then even create your own label so that you have your very own unique souvenir from Prague.
- Admission includes beer tasting as well as a certificate and bottling your own beer.
- Opening times: between 11 am to 8 pm Monday to Sunday.
- Book your ticket and tasting here.
You might also enjoy these beer themed tours:
Prague: Beer Bath with Unlimited Beer and Optional Massage
Prague: 3-Hour Beer Tour and Traditional Czech Dinner
Museum of Communism
The Museum Of Communism in Prague showcases extraordinary photographs, artifacts, videos, and propaganda material, depicting the entire history of Czech communism.
The fascinating museum opened its doors in 2001 to show the life behind the Iron Curtain. You’ll be swept up into another time as you immerse yourself in the communist era.
The exhibition shows the rise of communism, from the foundation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 to the start of communist ideology with Marx and Engels and also the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s and the communists taking power in 1948. The communist era – 1948 to 1989, forms the main part of the exhibition.
You will be able to walk through mock-ups of an interrogation room and a shock worker’s workshop. You’ll be fascinated and horrified as you come to realize the rigid totalitarian regime that ruled the country from 1948 to 1989.
- Opening times: between 9:00 am – 20:00 pm Monday to Sunday.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
- Kids up to 9 get in free of charge.
- Seniors 65+ CZK 270.00, Adults CZK 290.00, Students with ID CZK250.00
- What’s included: Admission and a 15-minute documentary about communism in Czechoslovakia.
- Pre-book your Museum of Communism Entrance Ticket here.
Museum of Medieval Torture
Museums like this one are fun, interactive places that engage adults and kids. The Museum of Medieval Torture is found in the basement of a building and it spreads over 3 floors and 14 exhibition rooms.
To recreate the morbid, gloomy atmosphere, plenty of people such as historians, sculptors, painters, and prop masters were enlisted.
This Museum showcases about 100 exhibits, some of which are pretty gruesome, and these come alive with audio and visual effects.
Because of the gruesomeness of some of the exhibits, some of which also contain instruments of torture and some in darkened rooms for effect, the atmosphere can be described as unnerving. It’s why children under 12 have to be accompanied by an adult.
Everything is described in several languages. You’ll also learn about medieval times and the way torture was used to snub out the antic of heretics, witches, and the likes of political rebels.
With all these museums in Prague, you can save yourself a lot of inconvenience and time by buying your admission tickets online.
- Opening hours – Every day Monday to Sunday – 10:00 am – 20:00 pm.
- Admission ticket prices: Adults CZK 160.00, Children CZK 100.00, Families CZK 420, Seniors CZK 100.00, and Students CZK 100.00.
- Take note: Avoid frustrating queues by pre-booking admission to Prague’s Medieval Torture Museum. Secure entry for the exact date of your choice by booking and buying your ticket online.
Franz Kafka Museum
Prague has some seriously cool museums and this one, the Franz Kafka Museum, is dedicated to the author Franz Kafka. He was a German-speaking Bohemian short-story writer and novelist and regarded as a major figure of 20th-century literature.
The Franz Kafka Museum opened in the summer of 2005 in the Herget Brickworks building. Known for his weird artworks, local sculptor, David Cerny, has a bronze work of two men urinating over a Czech Republic map. This stands in front of the Franz Kafta Museum, blending in well with the author’s love of the bizarre. The author, Kafta, was born in July 1883 in Prague and passed away in a sanatorium in Kierling in 1924.
In the museum, you’re going to find many first-edition Kafka books. There are also displays of original drawings, letters, and diaries of the famous author.
- Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 10:00 am to 18.00 pm.
- Entrance price: Adults CZK 260.00, Reduced CZK 180.00, Seniors CZK 180.00, Family CZK 650.00, and Students CZK 180.00.
The Jewish Museum in Prague, established in 1906, is one of the most visited museums in the city. It happens to have one of the biggest collections of Judaica in the world.
Anyone who loves history will be in their element in this amazing museum that was founded in 1906 by historian Dr. Hugo Lieben and Dr. Augustin Stein. At the entrance to the building, you find all the names of those killed in the Holocaust.
There is so much more though, and the Jewish Museum comprises the Spanish-, Maisel-, Klausen, and Pinkas Synagogues. There is also the Old Jewish Cemetery founded in the 15th century, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall, and the Robert Guttmann Gallery, named after the Prague painter Robert Guttmann.
The whole purpose of the museum is to document the history of the Jewish population of the Czech country. There are thousands of Jews living in the Czech Republic, and most of them are in Prague.
A ticket to this fascinating museum will give you admission to all 6 monuments.
- Opening hours: From November to March – Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun – 9.00 am – 16.30 pm. From April – October – Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun – 10.00 am – 18.00 pm.
- Entrance ticket prices: Kids up to 5 years of age – free. Children 6 to 15 years of age – CZK 250.00, adults CZK 350.00, students under the age of 26 CZK 250.00, and those who are disabled CZK 50.00.
Buy the Prague: Jewish Quarter Walking Tour with Admission Tickets here.
Call it Museum Kampa or Kampa Museum, this modern art gallery which opened in 2003, is an artistic gem in the city of Prague. It showcases the very best in Central European and Czech work.
Take a look around the museum housed in the Sova’s Mills and you’ll see it is a place where art and creativity converge. It’s a place where art lovers connect to share a super special art viewing experience. It features pieces from the private collection of Jan and Meda Mládek.
An interesting fact is that on May 3, 2022, Meda Mládková, died at the grand age of 102. The whole purpose of this fascinating museum is to give an account of the trying times in which the art originated.
- Opening hours: January – December – Monday to Sunday – 10.00am to 18.00pm.
- Entrance fee: Children up to age 6 – free. Adults CZK 350.00, students/Seniors CZK190 CZK Adults CZK 300, Family CZK 660.
National Gallery Prague
This gallery of fine art is the 2nd oldest in Europe and houses masterpieces of Czech and international fine art. Its exhibition spaces and collections aren’t found in just one building but are located in a number of historical buildings, some even outside the city.
The history of the National Gallery goes way back to 1796 and today the National Gallery is for anyone who wants to experience the pleasure of viewing art in a gallery stocked with fabulous artworks.
You will see original paintings of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso as well as Czech artists such as Václav Hollar, Jan Preisler, František Kupka, and others. It’s a sought-after place for art lovers interested in permanent and temporary exhibitions.
- Opening hours: January – December – Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun – 10.00 am – 18.00pm. Wednesday – 10.00am – 20.00pm.
- Take note: Because the museums are spread over different buildings, you can buy individual tickets or purchase a comprehensive ticket to visit all the galleries. The complex ticket is valid for 10 days but there are also days of free admission to some exhibitions during the year. Everything you need to know about free days, opening hours, ticket prices, etc can be checked out at the official website of the National Gallery Prague which is ngprague.cz.
To enter Prague’s top attractions you can also purchase the Prague Card
High Five Prague’s Cool Museums
If you consider yourself a culture vulture and you love taking a trip far down memory lane, these awesome museums are not to be missed. They have something for everyone.
The best museums in Prague such as these mentioned here are amazing institutions. All those who have already visited Prague will tell you to pencil the museum events into your diary or calendar. They say the cultural experience is something special and you can enhance your travel experience to Prague by exploring these museum treasures.