Decorative arts and design museums
Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
17. listopadu 2, 110 00 Praha 1
The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague aims to provide visitors with inspiration, insight and experience. Since 2017, it has been expanding the scope of activities in the restored historical building that forms one cultural whole with the concert and exhibition building Rudolfinum; the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design; and the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague. Rich collections of international importance are vast and unique and contain historical and present art glass, porcelain, textile, fashion, furniture, graphics and photographs. The House of Black Madonna hosts a unique exhibition of Czech Cubism in applied arts and architecture.
House of Lobkowicz / Lobkowicz Collections
Jiřská 3, 119 00 Prague
The art collections of the Roudnice branch of the Lobkowicz dynasty belong to the oldest, most extensive and the best-preserved private collections in Europe. The collection contains 15,000 art objects and crafts including weapons and armour; 5,000 musical scores; 4,500 pieces of graphics; 65,000 books and 1.5 km of archival records. The family collections were confiscated by both the Nazi and Communist regimes in the 20th century. In the 1990s, they were reassembled and made public in the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle and in Nelahozeves Castle.
Chrudim puppetry museum
Břetislavova 74, 537 60 Chrudim
Puppetry is among distinguished and deep-rooted traditions in the Czech Republic at high level. Since 2016, it has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Housed in the National Heritage Renaissance Mydlářov House in the center of Chrudim, East Bohemia, since 1972, the mission of this specialized museum is to preserve and make the evidence of its development available to the general public. Today, the Museum holds over 50,000 collection objects including more than 8,500 puppets from around the world.
Gallery of Fine Arts in Cheb
nám. Krále Jiřího z Poděbrad 16, 350 46 Cheb
The Gallery is an art museum housing a collection covering the Czech art from the 19th to the 21st century, and an extraordinary collection of Gothic plastic arts from the Cheb region. Both collections are displayed on permanent exhibitions in the main building and the Baroque palace in the main square in Cheb, where several temporary exhibitions are always on view at the same time. Since 2016, it has been operating the Retromuseum standing adjacent, which is the museum of design and lifestyle featuring the period between the EXPO 58 world exhibition in Brussels and the Velvet Revolution (1989). It hosts a permanent exhibition and temporary displays in two exhibition halls.
Moravian Gallery in Brno
Husova 18, 662 26 Brno
The Moravian Gallery in Brno is the second largest art museum in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1961 after unifying collections from the Moravian Museum of Applied Arts and the Picture Gallery of the Moravian Museum. It operates five buildings: Pražák Palace; the Museum of Applied Arts; Governor’s Palace; Architect Dušan Jurkovič’s own villa; and Josef Hoffmann’s Natal House 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 arts culture in overall, and works with free art coming from the earliest times to the present times, with photograph, applied arts, graphic design and architecture.
Virtual tours, on-line collections, podcasts: #moravskagaleriedoma
Museum of Art and Design Benešov
Malé náměstí 74, 256 01 Benešov
The Museum in Benešov is dedicated to art and design from the 20th and the 21st centuries, most of the Czech provenance. The collections include leading authors such as Ladislav Šíma, whose name bears the ceremonial hall in the building, next Miloslav Chlupáč, a native of Benešov, Jiří David, Karel Nepraš, Daisy Mrázková, Dagmar Hochová, Libuše Niklová or Maxim Velčovský. The collections have been added to by the leading Czech art theorist Jiří Šetlík’s donation. The Museum provides the environment for an art-loving community from Benešov and its environs in the café’s social room, library, and garden, which is an open-air sculpture gallery.
Olomouc Museum of Art
Denisova 47, 771 11 Olomouc
The Museum of Art in Olomouc was established in 1951. It is housed in three buildings: the Museum of Modern Art, the Olomouc Archdiocesan Museum and the Kroměříž Archdiocesan Museum holding collections of ancient, modern and contemporary arts. The Museum boasts a rich collection of fine arts culture of Central Europe, which is to be kept 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.
Virtual tour: https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/muzeum-um,, MUO – Google Arts and Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/muzeum-um%C4%9Bn%C3%AD-olomouc-olomouc-museum-of-art,, for the most valuable artwork in the Museum’s collections go on www.muo.cz; the Museum’s project Central European Art Database (CEAD) aiming to build up a dynamic on-line database of fine arts and culture of post-war Central Europe: http://cead.space/, podcasts http://muo.cz/podcast-muzea-umeni-olomouc/, videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/muzeumumeniolomouc, educational programmes: http://muo.cz/budte-v-kontaktu/inspirujte-se-s-nasimi-edukatory-a-tvorte-doma-s-detmi–3306/
Museum of Glass and Jewelery in Jablonec nad Nisou
U Muzea 398/4, 466 01 Jablonec nad Nisou
The state Museum, whose roots date back to the 19th century, is housed in a striking Art Nouveau building with a modern glass extension. It is a unique combination of the collection fond, which consists of Czech glass (with foreign overlap) and a globally unique collection of jewelry. A selection of more than 12 million exhibits is on view on the permanent exhibitions entitled ‘Magic Garden. Bohemian Glass in Seven Centuries’ and ‘Endless Story of Jewellery’. In 2021, it will open a display of glass Christmas decorations. Seasonally, a smaller display is open in the last preserved building of the glass settlement Kristiánov in the center of the Jizera Mountains.
Museum of the Wallachian Region
Horní náměstí 2, 775 01 Vsetín
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 holds a unique collection of furniture made of bent beech wood, tapestries and lighting glass; the collection of old prints is supraregionally valuable. The Museum operates the observatory that popularizes astronomy and other natural sciences.
North Bohemian Museum in Liberec
Masarykova 11, 460 01 Liberec 1
The North Bohemian Museum in Liberec is a successor to the Museum of Applied Arts established in 1873. Its collection was built up with respect to the local glass and textile manufacture tradition in the European context. The core collection containing over 2,500 art objects was donated by textile industrialist and patron Heinrich von Liebieg in 1904. Regional museums closed down after 1945 and were incorporated as part of the North Bohemian Museum, therefore the Museum would begin to expand and include natural science and national history and geography fields.
Nádražní okruh 31, 746 01 Opava
The Silesian Museum in Opava opens an imaginary gate to Silesia. The Museum houses exhibits ranging 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 the Historic Exhibition Building in Opava. Topics, such as defense or military science, are covered in expositions situated in the Hlučín-Darkovičky Czechoslovak Fortification Complex and the World War II Memorial in Hrabyně. An extensive collection of plants is grown in the Nový Dvůr Arboretum in Stěbořice. Literature is on display in the Petr Bezruč Memorial in Opava and the Petr Bezruč Chalet in Ostravice.
West Bohemian Museum in Plzeň
Kopeckého sady 357/2, 301 00 Plzeň 3
Being among the largest museum institutions in the Czech Republic, the West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen was established in 1878. It houses seven permanent exhibitions in four Museum’s buildings in Pilsen; 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.
On-line museum: https://www.zcm.cz/o-muzeu/novinky/muzeum-virtualne