The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

decorative arts muzeum The Museum of Decorative Arts is situated in the monumental 19th century neo-renaissance building on 17. Listopadu Street, number 2. It is easily accessible from metro Staromestska (green line) or tram (numbers 18, 17) or bus (number 133) stations.

The museum, founded in 1885, collects, preserves and exhibits examples of both historic and contemporary artistic crafts, applied arts and design, both of Czech and word origin. The new permanent exhibition was settled here in 2000. It has five basic parts – Votive Hall, Story of the Fibre, Born in Fire, Print and Image, Treasury.

In Votive Hall visitors can admire the most valuable exhibits of the collection, there is so called Karlstejn Treasure, consisting of medieval silver objects found in Karlstejn Castle during its 19th century reconstruction. Story of the Fibre presents a variety of textile products – antique tapestries, copic textiles, antique fabrics, printed textiles, liturgical vestments, textile art in the 20th century, cloths, there is also included an exhibition of wedding gowns since 1860´s till present times, as well as an exhibition of toys and furniture for lodging cloths and textiles. Born in Fire shows exhibits of glass and ceramics, Print and Image is dedicated to various ways of printing, there are to be seen both antique and modern books, applied graphics, photographs made before 1950, old Czech posters and furniture which is related to writing and graphics. Finally Treasury presents artistic use of metals and other materials, there are displayed various jewels, liturgical treasury, as well as unique pieces of furniture decorated by expensive materials.

The Museum also helds temporary exhibitions, currently there are those: Ignac Preissler (1676-1741) – Painter of Glass and Porcelain, Czech Glass 1945 – 1980/Production at the time of Misery and Illusions, and attractive exhibition Alphonse Mucha – the Czech Master of Belle Epoque.

Museum is opened on Tuesdays from 10:00 till 19:00, Wednesdays-Sundays from 10:00 till 18:00. The entrance fee for both permanent and temporary exhibitions is 120 CZK full price and 70 CZK discount (students, children, seniors). Family ticket costs 300 CZK. There is also a possibility to visit only the permanent or only the temporary exhibition, which is for 80 CZK full price, 40 CZK discount. And, on Tuesdays, after 17:00 is free entry.

In the museum building there is also a library with a study room, accessible for the public (you have to pay, but not much), which is concerned on historical literature of art and includes publications in different languages, and there is also a cafeteria.

Sep 23, 13:02 (Filed under: Culture )

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