The Slavětín Altar

2. 12. 2016 | On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the birth of Charles IV, the National Museum has prepared an exhibition that will transport visitors to the society of the times of Charles IV and introduce the cultural, artistic, economic and social developments that began this era. Before being exhibited, many objects went through the hands of restorers. We would like to introduce the largest fully restored object in the exhibition.


The National Museum’s new exhibition, When the Emperor is Dying, commemorates the last journey of the King and Emperor Charles IV.

1. 12. 2016 | The National Museum is concluding the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the birth of Charles IV. And so, in the Czech Museum of Music at Malá Strana, one of the last exhibitions of the year of Charles IV, introducing symbolically the themes of death and the historical immortality of this important ruler, will take place. However, the exhibition When the Emperor is dying will concentrate not only on the person and influence of the Emperor Charles IV, but also and primarily, it will allow a closer look into the world of medieval society. Many 14th and 15th century artefacts from the collections of the National Museum will be on show, complemented by rare loans both from public institutions and private collections. The exhibition will run from 26 March 2017 and will include a rich accompanying programme.


Top items – Head of a Celt

1. 11. 2016 | The marl head from Mšecké Žehrovice is among the most important and interesting artefacts in the archaeological collections of the National Museum. The significance of this sculpture is multiple – it lies in its artistic form, its information potential and also in the interesting circumstances of its discovery.


Top items – the Bodhisattva of compassion

1. 11. 2016 | Another artefact which is among the most important in the National Museum’s collections is a wooden statuette of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, referred to as Kuan Yin in Chinese.


Top items – Sacred ibis

1. 11. 2016 | Today, we will show you another rare object from our repository. It is a statuette of a sacred ibis from Ancient Egypt, which came to the National Museum's collections quite recently.


Top items – skeleton of a whale

1. 11. 2016 | The skeleton of a fin whale has become, without a doubt, the symbol of the National Museum. In 1887, the opportunity to buy the skeleton of an unusually large female whale that had died on the coast of Norway appealed to the brothers Václav and Antonín Frič, who decided to get this specimen as an exhibit for the newly established museum building on Wenceslaus Square.


Top items – cranium of a Neanderthal man

1. 11. 2016 | One of the National Museum’s most important collection pieces is stored in the collections of the anthropological department of the National Museum. It is the fossilised cranium of a Neanderthal man, who died in the Gánovce Hrádok area near Poprad. So far, only a few fossilised animal crania have been found. Curator Vítězslav Kuželka believes this is the property of the whole of humanity.


Top items – the Jena Codex

1. 11. 2016 | The Jena Codex is a unique monument of Czech literature and one of the most precious manuscripts stored in the collections of the National Museum. It is important not only for its beautiful illuminations, but also because it is a testimony of the Hussite period, which was one of the key periods in Czech history.


Top items – T. G. Masaryk’s suit

1. 11. 2016 | Among the most important objects in the National Museum's collections is the white casual suit belonging to Tomas Garrigue Masaryk.


Top items – Mozart’s piano

1. 11. 2016 | In the exhibition Man – Instrument – Music, there is another unique item belonging to the National Museum collections. It is an 18th century fortepiano, which has survived to this day thanks to one significant event. During one of his visits to Prague, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played it.