Art in Prague – The Best Art Museums in the City
Above all the city of Prague had always been one of the leading art centers of Europe. In fact it was once the biggest art center of the entire European continent (during the reign of Rudolph II – 1576-1611). However all that changed a long time ago. So, where are the best art museums today? All things considered, where can you find museums which are showing the very best of Prague art? Hopefully this little guide will help you find the museums and galleries that you’ll love.
Art Nouveau? Don’t miss Mucha Museum!
Certainly one of the most visited museums in Prague is that of the iconic Czech painter Alphonse Mucha. Arguably he was a founding father of Art Nouveau. Presumably though, he might disagree. Ultimately he saw his style as his own and refused the idea of belonging to any School of Art. It was thanks to a chance encounter with the most famous actress in Paris, Sarah Bernhardt, that led to his meteoric rise in popularity. As a consequence of a poster for one of her shows, his drawings and paintings (mostly used for advertisement) became world famous. In the museum you’ll be introduced to his drawings and painting. Furthermore you’ll be able to delve into his personal life as well. So if you love the floral and decorative beauty of Art Nouveau, then this is a place you shouldn’t miss.
Address: Panská 7, Prague 1
Opening hours: daily 10am-6pm
Entrance fee: 240 CZK adults, 160 CZK students
Veleržní Palace – the biggest gallery in Prague
Next, and just few minutes by tram from the city center, is the biggest gallery in Prague. It’s called the Veletržní Palác. There on 5th floors (of total size 13 200 m2) you’ll find the best of 19th and 20th century Czech and foreign art. Presently you’ll see paintings from most famous artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt and many others. Incidentally until the end of 2016 you can find the greatest art piece Alfons Mucha created. It’s called the Slav Epic. And it’s a monumental cycle of twenty large canvases on which he was working for 18 years.
Address: Dukelských hrdinů 47, Prague 7
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm
Entrance fee: 220 CZK adults/110 students
Exploring medieval Czech art in Gothic monastery
So if you do decide to dive into local art, there are few good places to visit. Presently one of them is without doubt the Monastery of St. Agnes. This is right on the riverside just few minutes of walk from the Old Town Square. This monastery was founded in 13th century. For this reason, along with its noble Gothic architecture, it makes a perfect place to show the best art pieces of Czech Medieval art. Furthermore this Museum covers the art of 13th to 16th century.
Address: U Milostných 17, Prague 1
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm
Entrance fee: 150 CZK adults, 80 CZK students
Baroque style in a Renaissance palace
Right in front of Prague Castle is standing a pearl of Renaissance architecture called the Schwarzenberg Palace. Inside you’ll find the very best of local Baroque art, including paintings as well as sculptures. In addition, besides the art of the second half of 16th to 18th century, you’ll find another small exhibition showing weapons used by the soldiers of Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Address: Hradčanské náměstí 2, Prague 1
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm
Entrance fee: 150 CZK adults/80 students