City museums

The City of Prague Museum
Na Poříčí 1554/52, 186 00 Praha 8
www.muzeumprahy.cz
The City of Prague Museum conserves and presents Prague’s history from the earliest times to the present. The Museum administrates a range of monuments including Prague’s spires. It cares for tradition of urban crafts in Ctěnice Chateau’s exposition, or unique examples of modern architecture, such as František Müller’s  villa (Villa Müller) designed by Adolf Loos (1928-1930), or the house of Otto Rothmayer (Villa Rothmayer), a descendant of Josip Plečnik, the architect who designed Prague Castle renovation.

The Brno City Museum
Špilberk 210/1, 662 24 Brno
www.spilberk.cz
Established in 1904, the Museum cares for the cultural heritage of the city. Its rapid development would occur after 1960 when the institution moved into Špilberk Castle, the landmark notorious as “the dungeon of nations”, where, e.g., Italian poet, Silvio Pellico, had been imprisoned. In addition to history the museum expositions cover artistic and urban development, especially the unique era between the world wars, when Brno occupied a dominant position in the development of modern architecture. What serves as an excellent illustration is the Tugendhat Villa designed by an architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and built between 1929 and 1930. It has been on the List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2007.