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National Museum in Prague

National Museum Prague

National Museum in Prague

The National Museum is a Czech museum exhibiting natural scientific and historical collections. Founded in 1818 it houses about 14 million items from the areas of natural history, history, arts, music and librarianship, which are located in numerous buildings.

After the French Revolution, royal and private collections of art, science, and culture were the foundation of the museum. The beginnings of the many collections dated to 1796 when the private Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts was founded for “the renewed promotion of art and taste”. In 1800 the group founded the Academy of Fine Arts, which would train students.

The museum did not acquire its historical collection until the 1830s when Romanticism arose. The institution of the museum was increasingly seen as a centre for Czech nationalism. Nearly a century later that the National Museum’s historical treasures equalled its collection in natural science.

Highlights of the National Museum in Prague

National Museum (Prague) Collection

  • The Natural Museum Collection – Located: Prague 10, Horní Počernice
    • Mineralogy,
    • Palaeontology
    • Mycology
    • Botany
    • Entomology
    • Zoology
    • Anthropology
  • Historical Collections
    • The Department of Prehistory and Protohistory
    • The Department of the Old Czech History
    • Medieval Collection
    • The Department of Ethnography
    • Department of Numismatics
    • Department of Theater

National Museum in Prague

  • Name:                     National Museum in Prague
  • Czech:                     Národní Muzeum
  • City:                         Prague
  • Country:                  Czech Republic
  • Founded:                1818
  • Location:                 Václavské nám. 68, Nové Město, Czechia

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