Decorative arts and design museums

The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
17. listopadu 2, 110 00 Praha 1
www.upm.cz
The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague aims to provide a visitor with inspiration, insight and experience.  The scope of activities in the Museum’s newly restored building forming the cultural whole with the concert and exhibition building of Rudolfinum; the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design; and the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, has been expending since 2017. Rich collections of international importance contain vast and unique sets of past and present art glass, porcelain, textile, fashion, furniture, utility graphics or a collection of photographs. Presented in a building called the House of Black Madonna are unique illustrations of Czech Cubism in utility arts and architecture.


House of Lobkowicz / Lobkowicz Collections
Jiřská 3, 119 00 Prague
www.lobkowicz.cz
The art collections of the Roudnice branch of the Lobkowicz family belong to the oldest, most extensive and best-preserved private collections in Europe. The collection includes 15,000 arts and crafts, including weapons and armor, 5,000 musical scores, 4,500 graphics, 65,000 books and 1.5 km of archives. Family collections were confiscated by the Nazi and Communist regimes in the 20th century. In the 1990s, they were reassembled and made available to the public in the Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle and Nelahozeves Castle.

 

The Gallery of Fine Arts in Cheb
nám. Krále Jiřího z Poděbrad 16, 350 46 Cheb
www.gavu.cz
GAVU is an art museum, managing a collection of Czech art from the 19th to the 21st century and an extraordinary collection of Gothic sculptures from the Cheb region. It presents collections in permanent exhibitions in main building, the city’s Baroque palace on  main square, where are always several temporary exhibitions. Since 2016, it has also managed the Retromuseum – a museum of design and lifestyle in the neighboring building, a time-oriented period between the EXPO 58 world exhibition in Brussels and the Velvet Revolution of 1989, again with a permanent exhibition and two temporary exhibition halls.

 

The Moravian Gallery in Brno
Husova 18, 662 26 Brno
www.moravska-galerie.cz
The Moravian Gallery in Brno is the second largest museum of art in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1961 after collections from the Moravian Museum of Applied Arts and the Picture Gallery of the Moravian Museum had unified. It operates five buildings: Pražák Palace; the Museum of Applied Arts; Governor’s Palace; an architect, Dušan Jurkovič’s own villa; and Josef Hoffmann’s birthplace in Brtnice, which is the workplace shared with the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna. It is the only art museum in our country that perceives fine art culture in overall manner, and works with art coming from the earliest times to modern and contemporary items, photographs, applied arts, graphic design and architecture.

 

The Museum of Art and Design Benešov
Malé náměstí 74, 256 01 Benešov
www.mudbenesov.cz
MUD* in Beněšov deals with art and design of the 20th and 21st centuries, mostly of Czech provenance. The collections include leading authors such as Ladislav Šíma, whose name is also borne by the ceremonial hall in the building, Miloslav Chlupáč, a native of Benešov, Jiří David, Karel Nepraš, Daisy Mrázková, Dagmar Hochová, Libuše Niklová or Maxim Velčovský. The collections were significantly enriched by the donation of the leading Czech art theorist Jiří Šetlík. MUD * creates the background of art for the loving community from Benešov and the surrounding area in the social space of the café, library and garden, which is a sculpture gallery under the open sky.

 

The Museum of Art in Olomouc
Denisova 47, 771 11 Olomouc
www.olmuart.cz
The Museum of Art in Olomouc was established in 1951, and is housed in three buildings: the Museum of Modern Art, the Olomouc Archdiocesan Museum and the Kroměříž Archdiocesan Museum, where collections of ancient, modern and contemporary arts and design have been amassed. The Museum boasts the rich collection of fine art culture of Central Europe, which is to be assembled in the Central European Forum Olomouc new building . The collection contains 185 thousand objects. The Olomouc Archdiocesan Museum was awarded the European Heritage Label in 2016.

 

The Museum of the Wallachian Region
Horní náměstí 2, 775 01 Vsetín
www.muzeumvalassko.cz
The museum profiles itself as a multidisciplinary organization in the fields of social sciences, natural sciences and technology. It educates visitors on the basis of a multidisciplinary approach through exhibitions, expositions, events and publishing activities, and educates children and youth in the environmental field. It takes care of a unique collection of furniture made of bent beech wood, tapestries and lighting glass, and a collection of old prints is supraregionally valuable. Part of the museum is an observatory, which deals with the popularization of astronomy and other natural sciences.

 

The North Bohemian Museum in Liberec
Masarykova 11, 460 01 Liberec 1
www.muzeumlb.cz
The North Bohemian Museum in Liberec is a successor to the Museum of Applied Arts established in 1873. Its collection had been built up with respect to the local glass and textile manufacture tradition in European context. Among the foundations was a collection that contains over 2,500 art objects donated by a textile industrialist and patron Heinrich von Liebieg in 1904. Incorporated as part of the North Bohemian Museum after 1945 were regional museums that had closed down, therefore the Museum would begin to expand and include natural science and national history and geography.

The Silesian Museum
Nádražní okruh 31, 746 01 Opava
www.szm.cz
The Silesian Museum opens imaginary gate into Silesia. The museum exhibits range from living creatures or inanimate nature, prehistory, history to art history. Founded in 1814, it is the oldest public museum on the territory of today’s Czech Republic. It administers six museum buildings and complexes.  The land Silesia itself is presented in an exhibition housed in the Historic Exhibition Building in Opava. Unique collection of decorative arts was based by Johann II. of Liechtenstein. Literature is traced in the Petr Bezruč Memorial in Opava and the Petr Bezruč Chalet in Ostravice.

The West Bohemian Museum in Plzeň
Kopeckého sady 357/2, 301 00 Plzeň 3
www.zcm.cz
Being among the largest museum institutions in the Czech Republic, the West Bohemian Museum in Plzeň was established in 1878. It opens seven permanent expositions mounted in four Museum’s buildings in Plzeň; additionally, it has a detached building in Rokycany: the Museum of Dr. Bohuslav Horák. The unique Municipal Armoury in Plzeň is the largest conserved one in the Czech Republic. It was founded by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, in 1363.